New (or is it Old?) Evidence of Christianity in the Founding Era: David Barton of Wall Builders reported the following. Today’s critics clamor and bluster that America’s Framers were secular (i.e., that they were largely atheists, agnostics, and deists) and that they wanted a secular public square. Relying on this flawed view of history, in recent weeks they not only filed suit to prevent prayers at presidential inaugurations but also to eliminate the National Day of Prayer. Their argument is effective only if one does not know much about America’s history or its Founding Fathers. This is why WallBuilders strives to "present America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage." Among the recent documents that have come into our possession are two we thought you might find particularly interesting, especially given the current buzz about our "non-Christian" foundings. The first is by Declaration signer and U. S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase. It is a legal document executed in 1794 (after the ratification of the First Amendment) when Chase was Chief Justice of the State of Maryland. Notice that a prerequisite for citizenship in that state was a "declaration of belief in the Christian religion." The second is by Declaration signer and U. S. President Thomas Jefferson. It is an 1807 federal passport (printed in both English and German), allowing the ship Herschel to proceed on its journey to London. Notice that President Jefferson dated the letter "in the year of our Lord Christ" — language quite distinctive from other Presidents but language that Jefferson chose to use. These are just a few of the thousands of official governmental documents disproving the modern allegation that America was founded as a secular nation. We hope that you enjoy these tidbits from our remarkably blessed history and that you will share this information with others who might be unfamiliar with America’s Godly heritage. (Other documents are posted at www.wallbuilders.com .)
John Adams quote on children and freedom/morality: Mark McWhorter submitted the following Interesting quote . "Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom…. If we suffer [the minds of young people] to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives. … The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families… How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers? … We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. … The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People … they may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. … A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
Barak Obama versus George Washington: In an item headlined "Congresswoman contrasts Obama with George Washington," the Associated Press reported on 4/22/2009 that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann believes it’s a shame that President Barack Obama declared in Turkey that the U.S. is not a Christian nation. In a speech on the House floor, the Minnesota Republican also noted how Obama’s staff had Christian symbols covered up before the president spoke at Georgetown University, a Roman Catholic school. Bachman noted that the first president, George Washington, once observed in a public prayer that the United States would not be a happy nation unless Americans imitated the example of Jesus Christ. She suggested that is still good advice as Americans prepare for the National Day of Prayer on May 7.