"Don't let anyone
claim to be a true American. Don't let them claim the tribute of
American patriotism if they ever attempt to remove religion from
politics." George Washington's farewell address
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,
religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute
of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these
firmest props of the duties of men and citizens, George Washington's farewell address
First chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John
"Providence has given to our people the
choice of their rulers, and it is the duty ... of our Christian nation to select and
prefer Christians for their rulers." (1816)
"Those who will not be governed by God
will be ruled by tyrants."
Justice David Brewer said this:
"This is a religious people. This is
historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a
single voice making this affirmation ... We find everywhere a clear recognition of the
same truth ... These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of
unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.
As recently as 1952 Justice William O. Douglas
"We are a religious people whose
institutions presuppose a Supreme Being."
Even liberal Supreme Court chief justice, Earl
Warren, wrote in 1954:
"I believe no one can read the history of
our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the Savior have from
the beginning been our guiding geniuses ... Whether we look to the first Charter of
Virginia ... or to the Charter of New England ... or to the Charter of Massachusetts Bay
... or to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut ... the same objective is present ... a
Christian land governed by Christian principles. I believe the entire Bill of Rights came
into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in
it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the
individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of
powers to the people ... I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the
Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can
come to our country."
Supreme Court justices were certainly not the only
political figures who wrote such things either. George Washington wrote a prayer addressed
to "O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ" and ended it like this:
"... Let me live according to those holy
rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word ... Direct me to the true
object, Jesus Christ the way, the truth and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of
Washington also said:
"Reason and experience both forbid us to
expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
"It is impossible to rightly govern . .
. without God & the Bible."
"You do well to wish to learn our arts
and ways of life, and above all the religion of Jesus Christ." to a group of
". . . all civil rights and the right
to hold office were to be extended to persons of any Christian denomination."
John Adams wrote:
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral
and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
"We have no government armed with power capable
of contending with passions unbridled by morality and religion."
"Religion & virtue are the only
foundations, not only of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity
under all governments and in all the combinations of human society."
"Statesmen, my dear sir, may plan
and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the
principles upon which freedom can securely stand."
Thomas Jefferson, the man "blamed" for the
wall of separation between church and state said:
"I have always said, and will always
say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens."
"And can the liberties of a nation be
thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of
the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but
with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His
justice cannot sleep forever."
"No power over the freedom of religion
. . .[is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution."
"Of all the systems of morality,
ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as
that of Jesus."
"I am a Christian, in the
only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in
preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he
never claimed any other." Letter to Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803
"We have staked the whole future of American
civilization, not on the power of government...[but] upon the capacity of each and every
one of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
"Before any man can be considered as a
member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the
John Quincy Adams:
"The greatest glory of the American
Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil
government with the principles of Christianity."
"No book in the world deserves to be so
unceasingly studied, and so profoundly meditated upon as the Bible."
"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
"Unless the great God who assisted
[President Washington], shall be with me and aid me, I must fail. But if the same
omniscient mind, and Almighty arm, that directed and protected him, shall guide and
support me, I shall not fail ... Let us pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake
"All must admit that the reception of the
teachings of Christ results in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to
public trust, and in the best type of citizenship."
"In this actual world, a churchless
community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at, or ignored their religious
needs, is a community on the rapid down-grade."
"America was born a Christian nation.
America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are
derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture."
Calvin Coolidge, speaking of the founding fathers:
"They were intent upon establishing a
Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self-government. They were an
inspired body of men. It has been said that God sifted the nations that He might send
choice grain into the wilderness ... Who can fail to see it in the hand of Destiny? Who
can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence?"
"Whoever will introduce into public
affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world."
Mr. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney,
one of the framers of the Constitution, published his diary in which he said: "Dr.
Benjamin Franklin, a venerable figure weighted down by years and wisdom, leaned one hand
op his staff, the other on the table and said: "There is a greater menace to these United States of America than
the strictly Roman . . . This greater menace, gentlemen, is the Jew!"
John F. Kennedy:
"The rights of man come not from the
generosity of the state but from the hand of God."
Gerald Ford, quoted a speech made by Dwight
Eisenhower in 1955:
"Without God there could be no American form
of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the
first--the most basic--expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America
saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be."
The Supreme Court ruling in the case of McDaniel vs.
Patyark back in 1978 should make clear that Christians still have the same rights as
everyone else whether we are or were a Christian nation or not:
"The Establishment Clause does not license
government to treat religion, and those who teach or practice it, simply by virtue of
their status as such, as subversive of American ideals and therefore subject to unique
disabilities ... In short, government may not as a goal promote "safe-thinking"
with respect to religion and fence out from political participation those, such as
ministers, whom it regards as over-involved in religion. Religionists no less than members
of any other group enjoy the full measure of protection afforded speech, association, and
political activity generally. The Establishment Clause, properly understood, is a shield
against any attempt by government to inhibit religion ... it may not be used as a sword to
justify repression of religion or its adherents from any aspect of public life."
"No truth is more evident to my mind
than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure
the rights and privileges of a free people."
"Religion is the only solid basis for
good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, & the duties
of man toward God."