Is Teaching the Christian Heritage of America Dangerous?
December 30, 2019
Webster again declared:
The Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things that children under a free government ought to be instructed.
Signer of the Declaration and President of Princeton University, John Witherspoon, declared:
The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All of the miseries and evils which men suffer from; vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from the despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
The Father of America, George Washington, concluded his first presidential inauguration with the following exhortation:
Whosoever is an avowed enemy of God, I hesitate not to call him an enemy to his country.
In fact, it was Delaware, the first state in our union, that mandated:
It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe… No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.
Pennsylvania, home to our first Congress, was operating under its 1776 Constitution, signed by Ben Franklin, which stated:
"Every person...appointed to any office...shall...subscribe...'I...profess faith in GOD THE FATHER, and in JESUS CHRIST His only Son, and in the HOLY GHOST, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration.'" (emphasis added)
Written in numerous letters and legal documents we find the source of American liberty is unequivocally the God of the Bible. Shouldn’t we teach, encourage, and celebrate it?
"Each member, before he takes his seat, shall ... subscribe ... 'I do believe in one GOD, the Creator and Governor of the Universe, the Rewarder of the good and the Punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration.'"
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