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Since the 1980’s it has seemed to me that there has been an ever increasing hostility towards the God of the Bible and toward our blessed nation, The United States of America.
I first noticed these hostilities in individuals, for years now I’ve also noticed in our elected officials and government almost as a whole.
I note that I began noticing this in the 1980’s because I was 12 in 1980. Pre 1980’s things like this would have likely been off my radar as I was far more interested in spending my day’s fishing along the Sun River or Missouri River which ran through town, or causing trouble in the neighborhood.
If I make mention of my observations I rarely find agreement. Most often I am told that religion, most specifically that Christianity, was never a significant part of American life or government.
Via email, I was told the same thing today.
The claim can be made only out of ignorance or hatred. The claim has no actual factual standing.
America was not a theocracy, it however certainly was a nation of persons of faith with a government that held that faith to be of great importance to the future and the survival of America.
While the following quotes are not absolute proof of my claim as to what America was at the time of it’s founding, they do provide strong indication.
I understand fully that those who disagree with me can also provide quotations from our founders that seem to validate their claims, however they must take the majority of those quotes out of context and they must ignore the bulk of statement s made by the founding fathers who they quote.
One could very literally spend days typing out such quotations as follows.
I will spend, minutes.
I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"
Benjamin Franklin-Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention
Our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies of the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt, but would be the introduction of the dissolution of government and the bounds of civil society.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour;
George Washington-Thanksgiving Proclamation
Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.
Religion and virtue are are the only foundations, not only of Republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all governments and in all combinations of human society.
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.
Religion is the only solid base of morals and morals are the only possible support of free governments.
Equal pains have been taken to deprave the morals as to extinguish the religion of the country [France], if indeed morality in a community can be separated from religion. … The pious and moral weep over these scenes as a sepulchre destined to entomb all they revere and esteem. The politician who loves liberty, sees them with regret as a gulf that may swallow up the liberty to which he is devoted. He knows that morality overthrown (and morality must fall with religion), the terrors of despotism can alone curb the impetuous passions of man, and confine him within the bounds of social duty.
Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they, therefore, who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.
God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Establish a law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state and on a general plan.