These were the words of our new president recently in Turkey. Obama made a similar statement in an email response to CBN's David Brody in 2007: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.” Whatever we once were?
Patrick Henry, the “give me liberty or give me death guy” said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Or how about John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and one of the three men responsible for our Constitution? “Providence has given to our people the choice for their rulers and it the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Oops! Another right-winger.
Also, I think James Madison had something to do with that old pesky Constitution that keeps getting in the way of the Liberal agenda. He stated, “We have staked the future of all of our political institutions…upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Of course, Madison did not want them hung in the courthouses or schools because someone might stop, read, obey them and not steal or kill because of them. That would be unconstitutional.
Then there was John Quincy Adams on July 4th, 1837, addressing an Independence Day crowd, “Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day?”
“Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?” Weren’t all these men atheists and Deists?
In a 10-year University of Houston study of the founders and 15,000 quotes, they identified 3,154 quotes made by the founders and had identified the sources of those quotes. They discovered that 34 percent of founders’ quotes come directly out of the Bible and 94 percent were either directly or indirectly from the Bible.
From 1690 to 1900, the New England Primer was the first and most-used textbook in America. It used Bible verses to assist students is memorizing the alphabet. There were even questions about the Ten Commandments in the back of the book. Shocking indeed.
What about that separation of church and state to which the ACLU and the Liberals allude? It would be much more effective if it were actually in some founding document.
It was in a letter from Jefferson’s to the Danbury Baptist Association on Jan. 1, 1802, because they were worried that the Congregational Church was going to be established as a national denomination. When in context, it shows that the founder wanted to use Christian principles without establishing a national denomination.
However, if you repeat something enough, like hope and change, many will eventually believe it.
In the Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States in 1892, the Supreme Court ruled,
“ Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon an must embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible for it to be otherwise. In this sense, to this extent, our civilizations and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
In that ruling, they quoted 87 precedents including quotes from the founding fathers. 70 years later in the 1962 ruling to ban prayer in schools, the Supreme Court cited 0 precedents.
Although the ruling lacked historical or legal precedents, Liberal and Progressive judges only need precedents when it promotes their activist agendas.
The following year, they banned school Bible reading. They stated that “If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be and….had been psychologically harmful to the child.”
I’m glad we took that New Testament out of public schools. Look how much it has traumatized those children in Christian schools.
In a March 27, 1854, House Judiciary Committee Report, it stated, “In this age, there is no substitute for Christianity…. That was the religion of the Founders of the Republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” According to a 2007 Pew Poll, 78- percent say it still is.
On the campaign trail, Obama stated, “Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.” Apparently, some folks haven’t been reading their history book either.
Dennis Powers is a conservative columnist and his columns are found in TheLaFollettePress.com, OnTheRightTrackOnline.blogspot.com and BackyardPolitics.org. Send your comments to DennisHPowers@Comcast.net or mail them to POB 179, Jacksboro, TN 37757.