Original Intent (Did you know...?)
What your teachers or professors may not have taught.
What the ACLU does not want you to know.
Did you know....
1781 Congressional Resolution: “Resolved, That the United States in Congress assembled, highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken as subservient to the interest of religion as well as the progress of the arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above report, of his care and accuracy, in the execution of the work, they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.”
The U.S. Congress of 1803, at the request of President Thomas Jefferson, allocated federal funds for the salary of a minister and for the construction of a church. On December 3, 1803, the U.S. Congress, following the request of President Jefferson, ratified a treaty with the Kaskaskia Indians. This treaty was significant because Congress, recognizing that most members of the tribe had become Christians, deemed to give an annual subsidy of $100 for the support of a priest during a seven-year period. That priest, as the Congress noted, was to perform “the duties of his office, and... instruct as many... children as possible.”
Schools were originally set up by Churches for the purpose of Bible teaching.
In 1690 Connecticut established a Literacy Law with a fine of $25 (extremely considerable for that time) because children must be able to read if they are to read the Scriptures.
Also in 1690, Benjamin Harris' New England Primer textbook with a memorization rhyming alphabet was introduced using Scripture to teach reading and pronunciation. This Primer was reprinted and used for 210 years, until 1900.
John Adams said : "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity."
The Declaration of Independence was considerably based on John Locke's book, Two Treatises of Civil Government which referenced the Scripture 1700 times. John Locke also authored The Commonplace Bible, The Reasonableness of Christianity, and Defense for The Reasonableness of Christianity.
In 1781 Congress ruled that a new English edition of the Bible be printed and used by schools. (Where was the ACLU?)
Benjamin Rush warned if America ever removed the Bible from the classroom, all of our time will be spent fighting crime.
Over 15,000 writings of America's founders were examined to determine the primary sources for establishing our government. The number one source was the Bible. From these writings it has been determined that Jeremiah 17:9 and Isaiah 33:22 were the basis for separation of powers and America's three branches of Government. Ezra 7:24 was the premise for tax exemptions. Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution was derived from Exodus 18:21 which formed the basis of a Republic form of Government. The judicial branch of government in Article III Section 3, was derived from Deuteronomy 17:6 and Ezekiel 18:20.
In 1792, James Wilson, signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution , and a Justice in the first Supreme Judicial Court, provided the legal text for civil law in the first legal school. In it he states: Human law must rest its authority ultimately on that which is Divine." He also stated, "Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters."
Noah Webster provided the text book, History of the United States , used for over 60 years in public schools contained this statement: "The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scripture ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws." And " All the miseries and evils which men suffer from - vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war - proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
Fisher Ames, the founding father who actually wrote the First Amendment , expressed his belief that the Bible was to play a prominent role in public education when he said: "It has been the custom of late years to put a number of little books into the hands of children, containing fables and moral lessons. Why then, if these books for children must be retained,… should not the bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the sacred book that is thus impressed lasts long… (T)he bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as faith." And "We are spending less time in the classroom on the Bible, which should be the principle text in our schools. The Bible states these great moral lessons better than any other manmade book."
October 12, 1816 John Jay, America’s 1st Supreme Court Justice set forth in clear and concise terms his belief that America’s leaders must be first and foremost, Christian: "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."
In 1828, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story acknowledged that : "...at the time of the adoption of the Constitution and of the First Amendment to it,... the general if not the universal sentiment in America was that Christianity ought to receive encouragement by the state so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and the freedom of religious worship. Any attempt to level all religions (that is, to make Christianity simply one of many religions) and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation if not universal indignation..."
In a letter to William Jarvis on September 28, 1820. Therein Jefferson said: "You seem... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the deposition of an oligarchy."
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians ; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason people of other faiths have been afforded asylums, prosperity and freedom of worship here." Patrick Henry
The American Bible Society was started by an act of Congress and John Adams, our second president, served as its first leader.
Now that you know the intent of America's founders....
Did you know....Roger Baldwin, the ACLU founder in 1920, and his love of Marxism, socialism, and using propaganda in the media and the real goal of the ACLU is to diminish the constitutional rights of American citizens. The ACLU founder and executive director from 1920 to 1950, Roger Baldwin, described the Soviet Union as a "great laboratory of social experimentation of incalculable value to the development of the world." He wanted to bring socialism to America, but he knew that to be effective, he had to disguise and mask this goal in terms of individual rights. He wrote: "Do steer away from making it look like a socialist enterprise. We want to look like patriots in everything we do. We want to get a good lot of flags, talk a good deal about the Constitution and what our forefathers wanted to make of the country, and to show that we are really the folks that really stand for the spirit of our institutions." (Quoted in William A. Donahue, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU - New Brunswick, NJ: Transition Publishers, 1944, pp.6-7)
American Leaders - Leading By Example
He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." 2 Samuel 23:3
Declaration of Independence is a Celebration of Sacrifice, American Independence and God - By Kevin Fobbs - July 1, 2004 - The fourth of July holiday is approaching this coming week and once again is a time for fireworks, picnics, and celebrations with family and friends. It is also an opportunity to reflect on and appreciate our precious freedoms - particularly in these challenging times of terrorism both at home and abroad. It is also important to honor the memories of those original signers and those who rose above their own comfort to stand for a concept larger than their own life, their own safety, their own family and personal sacrifice. While we may have all heard the names of those who signed the Declaration of Independence, have you ever wondered who were these 56 men who signed the document? These long forgotten men signed and pledged their lives and their fortunes for the promise of freedom. What kind of men were they who would pledge their life for a piece of paper which offered no promise of a certain future but the founding fathers knew that by signing the Declaration of Independence the penalty would be death if they were captured. Who were these men, and what made them different? Their occupations were varied. Their personal occupations were as diverse as the 13 original colonies they hailed from. Twenty-four signers were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants; nine were farmers and large plantation owners. What did they sacrifice? Well, five of the original signers were captured by the British as traitors, and were tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. As you can see, this is more than a casual collection of factual occurrences. Their personal sacrifice is our freedom and our inheritance. These were understandably incredible sacrifices, from common men who demonstrated uncommon valor that makes our 228th 4th of July celebration this coming week possible. But what core belief guided them and fueled their passion for justice above personal safety, and sacrifice above personal comfort 228 years ago? See complete article.
"A good moral character is the first essential in a man... and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous." --George Washington
"He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion and who sets Himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind...God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both." John Witherspoon , Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Member of the Continental Congress, President of Princeton College and Pastor. Spoken in a sermon delivered May 17, 1776.
In 1950, the Florida Supreme Court declared: "A people unschooled about the sovereignty of God, the Ten Commandments, and the ethics of Jesus, could never have evolved the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. There is not one solitary fundamental principle of our democratic policy that did not stem directly from the basis moral concepts as embodied in the Decalogue…."
"After reviewing an estimated 15,000 items, including newspaper articles, pamphlets, books, monographs, etc., written between 1760-1805 by the 55 men who wrote the constitution, Professors Donald S. Lutz and Charles S. Hyneman, in their work 'The Relative Influence of European Writers on Late Eighteenth-Century American Political Thought' revealed that the Bible, especially the book of Deuteronomy, contributed 34% of all quotations used by our Founding Fathers."
"Additional sources the founders quoted took 60% of their quotes from the Bible. Direct and indirect citations combined reveal that the majority of all quotations referenced by the Founding Fathers are derived from the Bible."
"The First Continental Congress made its first act a prayer, the beginning of a great tradition. We have then a lesson from the Founders of our land. That lesson is clear: That in the winning of freedom and in the living of life, the first step is prayer." President Ronald Reagan
Imagine the ACLU, Americans For The Separation of Church and State, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, GLSEN, GLADD, activist judges, Massachusetts State Legislators, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, et. al. outside picketing Ben Franklin when he made that declaration.
"And if we now cast our eyes over the nations of the earth, we shall find that, instead of possessing the pure religion of the Gospel, they may be divided either into infidels, who deny the truth; or politicians who make religion a stalking horse for their ambition; or professors, who walk in the trammels of orthodoxy, and are more attentive to traditions and ordinances of men than to the oracles of truth." Samuel Adams
What was it that influenced our Founding Fathers to declare a Declaration of Independence and produce our great Constitution of freedom? From where did they derive their motivation? What is it that now influences American leaders? From where do they derive their motivation? Does character make a difference?Some insight is offered below Highly recommend America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations byWilliam J. Federer. See also: The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government- Founding Fathers: Quotes -Founding Fathers: Short Biographies - From Revolution To Reconstruction and what happened afterwards. Research professors Donald Lutz and Charles Hyneman reviewed almost 15,000 historic writings of the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and they found that more than a third of the quotes in their writings came directly from the Bible.
Religious liberty is often called the first freedom because our Founding Fathers valued it so highly. The Fathers recognized that religious freedom in America must be protected with great vigilance. That is the guarantee of the Constitution, and that is the promise of our government throughout the generations from the 1780's until the 2003 Supreme Court decisions. Of those who wrote and signed the Constitution, twenty-nine were Episcopalians, nine Presbyterians, seven Congregationalists, two Lutherans, two Dutch Reformed, two Methodists, two Roman Catholics, one Quaker and one Deist. See America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations (p.80) by William J. Federer and the following references: 1. A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution (p. viii-ix) by M. E. Bradford 2. Christianity and the Constitution - The Faith of Our Fathers (p. 43) by John Eidsmoe 3. Faith of Our Founding Fathers (p. 30) by Tim Lahaye 4. The Myth of Separation (pp. 24-24) by David Barton
Another resource provides a list:Denominational Affiliations of the Framers of the Constitution, contrary to the myth, this chart shows that only 3 out of 55 of the framers classified themselves as Deists (with doubts that they were actually deists.)
Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three believed in the Bible as the divine truth, in the God of Scripture, in His personal intervention.
Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of the Scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry is still remembered for his words, "Give me liberty or give me death." But in current textbooks the context of these words are deleted. Here is what he actually 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 to the strong alone, is life so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."
These sentences have been erased from our textbooks. The following year, 1776, Henry wrote this: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded the freedom of worship here."
Consider these words Thomas Jefferson wrote in the front of his well worn Bible: "I am a real 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." Jefferson was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.
On July 4, 1821, President John Adams said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of government with the principles of Christianity."
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, 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 in our country."
In 1782 Congress voted this resolution: "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."
William Holmes McGuffey, author of the McGuffey Reader used in our public schools until 1963, said: "The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no other source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From 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 No.1 was students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so they can 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 for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."
We ask God to bless America, especially as we remember the horrific tragedy of 9-11. But how can He bless a nation that has departed so far from Him?
Prior to Sept. 11, God wasn't truly welcome in America, was He?
Is He yet? Certainly that's arguable, with godless federal judges declaring the Ten Commandments inappropriate for public display after ruling our Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it mentions God.
It truly is a shame most of what you read in this message has been erased from public school textbooks by revisionists intend on removing the Truth about our nation's Christian roots. What is the Truth? Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life."
Pass this along to others so the Truth of our nation's history will be told. Share this patriotic message with everyone you know so the Lord, who has faithfully and lovingly watched over our nation all these years, may touch hardened hearts and inspire closed minds to His Truth -- that America still is one nation under God!
Make your stand for the Truth by signing a petition challenging today's Congress to reign in rogue judges so our Constitution again is interpreted in keeping with our forefathers' intent. Here's whereto stand up for America's Godly heritage:
Today, as prayer has been "outlawed," consider...
On Thursday, June 28, 1787 ,Ben Franklin in His message before the Constitutional Convention, when parties were bitterly divided over how our Constitution should be constructed, exhorted:
"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle have observed frequent instances of superintending Providence in our favor. . . . And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or, do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that 'except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.' I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. I therefore beg leave to move -- that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service."
Following the historical address it was enacted that prayer be used in Convention every morning, which it has ever since. Once assembled again on July 2, 1787, Jonathan Dayton, Delegate from New Jersey recorded: "We assembled again and...every unfriendly feeling had been expelled, and a spirit of conciliation had been cultivated." America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations byWilliam J. Federer -- Do you have ears to hear? What are today'sDemocrats advocating?
Twelve of the original 13 colonies incorporated the entire Ten
Commandments into their civil and criminal codes.
In 1782, the U.S. Congress voted in favor of a resolution recommending and
approving the Bible for use in the schools.
"Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them." George W. Bush
"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth." --Thomas Paine++ "Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the House when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress [John Hancock] to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants?" --Benjamin Rush++ "There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!" --John Hancock++ "We must hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately." --Benjamin Franklin++ "Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!" --George Washington++ "It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. ... I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." --John Adams++ "On the distinctive principles of the Government ...of the U. States, the best guides are to be found in...The Declaration of Independence, as the fundamental Act of Union of these States." --James Madison++ "[T]he flames kindled on the 4 of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. ... The Declaration of Independence ... [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man." --Thomas Jefferson++ " Independence Forever." --John Adams toast July 4, 1826, the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the day both he and Thomas Jefferson died. Do you have a Patriot's Declaration to this Christian Heritage? Do you have ears to hear the consequences, as did our Founding Fathers, if you are not willing to stand for America's Christian Heritage?
And with any battle worth fighting, there comes suffering and sacrifice - a price to pay for our cherished freedom. The Founding Fathers of this Nation, in another fight for freedom from tyranny, signed their names to the Declaration of Independence just below these words of commitment: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
"From a Lieutenant Colonel, USAF(ret): The Leftist media's concern over President Bush's carrier landing illustrates they never really understood that while former Vice President Al Gore was learning to operate a typewriter in Vietnam, and Bill Clinton was protesting Vietnam as a student in the UK, President Bush was flying supersonic jet fighters with the Texas Air National Guard." Federalist Brief 03-20
Words and action reflect the basic beliefs of an individual, and impact those around them or more if in the public eye.
"Direct my thoughts, words, and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate Blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit....Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son Jesus Christ." From George Washington's private prayer book. Example :See this brief on George Washington. - Yes Dear Liberal, character does count -
"And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom. To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale. As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it -- now or ever. Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors." --Ronald Reagan (1981)
"For a generation leading up to September 11th, 2001, terrorists and their radical allies attacked innocent people in the Middle East and beyond without facing a sustained and serious response. The terrorists became convinced that free nations were decadent and weak, and they grew bolder, believing that history was on their side. ... We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness." George W. Bush September 2002
"Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected." George Washington
Visit the nation's capitol and read the inscriptions on the memorials. The Word of God is evident of our past American leaders whom we hold high in respect, those who laid the American foundation. Why does America now separate these words from the men who were driven by these words? It is evident that our American leaders today do not share the same source of inspiration. What do liberals proclaim today? What do liberals encourage? Which organizations support liberal Democrats? Do today's American leaders proclaim the Word of God or or reject it?
Our Founding Fathers wanted future generations to acknowledge the hand of God in the founding of our nation. Therefore, even the Capitol Building is a witness of this. Its mighty Rotunda, the center of the Capitol, features a dramatic oil painting that impresses upon visitors the direct intervention of God from the earliest days of our history. The painting portrays the landing of Columbus in the Western World in 1492. Columbus' eyes are cast toward heaven in thanks and praise as others around him kneel in gratitude to God. This painting depicts the gratitude Columbus felt in the fulfillment of what he believed was his God-given calling. "It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies." Those who commissioned this painting knew what we have known all along, that God in His grace and wisdom guided those who first came to these shores.
When the Capitol Building was built , its designers were well aware of the dependence of the members of Congress upon God and prayer. The 83rd Congress designated a small room in the Capitol, near the rotunda, that is always open for the private prayer and meditation of members of Congress. This room is open whenever Congress is in session, and stands as a witness to the need for prayer by our nation's leaders. The focal point of the room is an intricate stained glass window that depicts George Washington kneeling in prayer. Surrounding him are words from Psalm 16: "Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust."
Samuel Adams , has been called "The Father of the American Revolution." "We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come." Samuel Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence: His likeness appears in the large painting depicting the signing of the Declaration that holds a prominent spot in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. A full size statue of him is also found in the East Central Hall of the Capitol. His political involvement is widely acknowledged and valued. But it was Adam's Christian faith that guided his political views. "First of all, I ... rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins." His essay, The Rights of the Colonists was widely circulated in 1772. In it he wrote, "The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty. The rights of the colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament."
Inscription on a wall of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are a gift from God?"
The Washington Monument stands as a lofty and inspiring tribute to our first president, George Washington. It is the anchor on the west end of the National Mall. Few people know that engraved on the metal cap to the monument, towering 555 feet above the ground are the words, "Praise be to God." In addition, several tribute blocks line the staircase, and they are inscribed with Bible verses: "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for such is the Kingdom of God (Luke 18:16)," "Search the Scriptures (John 5:39; Acts 17:11)," and "Holiness unto the Lord (Exodus 28:36); 39:30; Zechariah 14:20)."
For most of us, handling money is part of every day. Even the design of our currency acknowledges God's hand and His providence in the founding of our nation. Toward that end, the Founding Fathers insisted that meaningful symbolism be incorporated into the design of the Great Seal of the United States that appears on the back of the one dollar bill. It features a great pyramid that symbolizes our republic and its qualities of strength and democracy. Across the top are the Latin words Annuit Coeptis expressing our confidence in God and in His gracious leading in the founding of our nation. Translated they mean: Providence [God] has favored our undertaking. The pyramid is unfinished to remind each of us that our country is a work in progress, and the contribution made by each of us is significant. Over all, is the prevailing eye of God Himself, watching over the development of our nation, from its earliest moments to now. While some have misinterpreted the symbolism of this seal, the reality is that it was designed to honor God and show our nation's trust in Him.
The Supreme Court in 1892, Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States, in a unanimous decision concluded that "this is a Christian Nation." And again in 1931, Justice George Sutherland reviewed that decision and declared American are a "Christian people." And yet again in 1952, Justice William O. Douglas wrote "we are a religious people and our institutions pre-suppose a Supreme Being." Yet ten years later, the Supreme Court began turning their face against God and now 50 years later, America is now ensnared in Satan's web of immorality, "tolerant" of unnatural acts, Gay Pride Days at Disney and other "family" oriented parks, coerced by groups like the ACLU, probably worse of all the deceptive reporting of the popular liberal media which has resulted in unspeakable apathy.
John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts Colony "The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause us to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world."
Photo Essay: God in the Temples of Government
On November 13, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ordered the removal of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore from his post. The decision resulted from Moore's refusal to obey what he considered a tyrannical order from a federal judge commanding him to remove a stone monument of the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the Alabama supreme court building. The federal court, which was not overruled because the Supreme Court refused to consider Moore's appeal, insisted that the state of Alabama could not acknowledge God by displaying a religiously-based representation. HUMAN EVENTS went to federal government buildings in the District of Columbia and photographed some of the many religious and religiously inspired items in those buildings. These pictures are a small sampling of the many religious images scattered throughout government buildings in D.C. and around the country. Will all of these images eventually be removed by the order of unrestrained federal judges? They are the sort that federal courts have increasingly ruled "unconstitutional" for decades. If the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or some other plaintiff decides to sue to remove any or all of these images, what would be the result? If the courts are consistent, these images -- and countless more like them -- could be removed by a judicial elite hostile to all forms of religious expression in public.
In 1992 the voters said character didn't count and values don't matter. In 1998 all of America was reaping what was sown. What did our children hear? Do our children continue to suffer the disgraces of a Christless generation.
"We must seek revival of our strength in the spiritual foundations which are the bedrock of our republic. Democracy is the outgrowth of the religious conviction of the sacredness of every human life. On the religious side, its highest enlightenment is the Bible; on the political side, the Constitution." - "Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. It lies in public sensitiveness to evil. Our greatest danger is not from invasion by foreign armies. Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior." --Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States
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