Liberty – Founding Fathers – The 10 Commandments – Religion
Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM
Subject: FW: Our Real Roots
OUR REAL ROOTS:
This is one e-mail that needs to be shared. But then, we may
already be too late. God help us.
Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of
scripture, and His personal intervention.
It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society.
Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to
purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American
Revolution, is still remembered for his words,
'Give me liberty or give me death.' But in current
textbooks the context of these words is deleted.
Here is what he said: 'An appeal to arms and the
God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall
not fight our battle alone. There is a just God
that presides over the destinies of nations. The
battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so
dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the
price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty
God. I know not what course others may take, but
as for me, give me liberty, or give me
These sentences have been erased from our
Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote
this '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. For that reason
alone, people of other faiths have been afforded
freedom of worship here.'
Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of
his well- worn Bible: 'I am a Christian, that is
to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I
have little doubt that our whole country will soon be
rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope,
to the pure doctrine of Jesus also.'
Consider these words from George Washington, the Father of our
Nation, in his farewell speech on September 19, 1796:
'It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of
all the dispositions and habits that lead to
political prosperity, our religion and morality
are the indispensable supporters. Let us with
caution indulge the supposition that morality can
be maintained without religion. Reason and
experience both forbid us to expect that our
national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.'
Was George Washington a Christian? Consider these words from
his personal prayer book: 'Oh, eternal and
everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and
work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of
the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit.
Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of
thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear,
and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed
time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto
eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of
mankind and let the world be filled with the
knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ.'
Consider these words by John Adams, our second president,
who also served as chairman of the American Bible Society.
In an address to military leaders he said, 'We have no
government armed with the power capable of
contending with human passions, unbridled by
morality and true religion. Our constitution was
made only for a moral and religious people. It is
wholly inadequate to the government of any other.'
How about our first Court Justice, John Jay?
He stated that when we select our national leaders, if we are to
preserve our Nation, we must select Christians.
'Providence has given to our people the choice of
their rulers and it is the duty as well as the
privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to
select and prefer Christians for their rulers.'
John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was the sixth U.S.
He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he
considered his highest and most important role. On
July 4, 1821, President Adams said, 'The highest
glory of the American Revolution was this: it
connected in one indissoluble bond the principles
of civil government with the principles of Christianity.'
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States
reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, 'The
foundations of our society and our government rest
so much on the teachings of the Bible that it
would be difficult to support them if faith in
these teachings would cease to be practically
universal in our country.'
In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: 'The
congress of the United States recommends and
approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.'
William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader,
which was used for over 100 years in our public
schools with over 125 million copies sold until it
was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him
the 'Schoolmaster of the Nation.'
Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: 'The Christian religion is
the religion of our country. From it are derived
our notions on character of God, on the great
moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines
are founded the peculiarities of our free
institutions. From no source has the author drawn
more conspicuously than from the sacred
Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible
I make no apology.'
Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were
distinctly Christian, including the first.
Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student
Handbook rule number 1 was that students seeking
entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they
could study the scriptures:
'Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to
consider well, the main end of his life and
studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is
eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus
Christ as the only foundation of all sound
knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only
giveth wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself
by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs 2:3).'
For over 100 years, more than 50% of all Harvard graduates were
It is clear from history that the Bible and the Christian faith,
were foundational in our educational and judicial
system. However in 1947, there was a radical
change of direction in the Supreme Court.
Here is the prayer that was banished: 'Almighty God, we
acknowledge our dependence on Thee. We beg Thy
blessings upon us and our parents and our teachers
and our country. Amen.'
In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was
outlawed as unconstitutional in the public school
system. The court offered this justification: 'If
portions of the New Testament were read without
explanation, they could and have been psychologically
harmful to children.'
Bible reading was now unconstitutional, though the Bible was quoted
94 percent of the time by those who wrote our
constitution and shaped our Nation and its system
of education and justice and government.
In 1965, the Courts denied as unconstitutional the rights of a
student in the public school cafeteria to bow his head and pray audibly for his
In 1980, Stone vs. Graham outlawed the Ten Commandments in our
The Supreme Court said this: 'If the posted copies of the Ten
Commandments were to have any effect at all, it
would be to induce school children to read them.
And if they read them, meditated upon them, and
perhaps venerated and observed them, this is not a
Is it not a permissible objective to allow our children to follow
the moral principles of the Ten Commandments?
James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of
the United States, said this: 'We have staked the
whole future of our new nation, not upon the power
of government; far from it. We have staked the
future of all our political constitutions upon the
capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves
according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.'
Today we are asking God to bless America. But how can He bless
a Nation that has departed so far from Him?
Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our
textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to
remove the truth about our country's Christian