Writings of America's Founding Fathers

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness-these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them...reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

 The First Amendment does not include the phrase "separation of church and state." It reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Nowhere does the First Amendment suggest that Christianity cannot be heard in the public square.

 The first public school law was passed in 1642. The past 350 plus years a Biblical world view was taught in the public schools. Science, Law, History,Theology all conformed to Gods standard. In 1963 the beginning of the end for a moral America came, God was officialy removed from the public schools. Would the founding fathers of America agree with this??

 First lets hear what the Bible says about governments and rulers.

Isaiah, Prophet of God.700 B.C." For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee (God) shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted." Isaiah 60:12

 Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ. A.D. 57 " Let every soul be subject unto the higher power. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are are ordained of God." The epistle of Paul to the Romans.

 David, King of Israel. 980 B.C. "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." 2 Samuel 23:3
 
 

The Mayflower Compact

In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwriten, the loyall subjects of our dread soveraigne Lord King James by ye grace of God, of Great Britaine, Franc, & Ireland king, defender of ye faith, &c. Haveing undertaken, for ye glorie of God, and advancemente of ye Christian faith, and honour of our king & countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia, doe by these presents solemnly & mutualy in ye presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine our selves togeather into a civill body politick; for our better ordering & preservation & furtherance of ye ends aforesaid; and by vertue hearof, to enacte, constitute, and frame shuch just & equall lawes, ordinances, acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete & convenient for ye generall good of ye Colonie: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witnes wherof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap-Codd ye .11. of November, in ye year of the raigne of our soveraigne lord King James of England, France, & Ireland ye eighteenth, and of Scotland ye fiftie fourth. Ano: Dom .1620.

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The above is an exact transcription of the Mayflower Compact from a photo-scan of the original page of William Bradford's History Of Plymouth Plantation in his own handwriting.

 Christopher Columbus 1492 The name says it all, "Christ bearer." "Blessed be the light of day, and the holy cross we say; And the Lord of verity, and the Holy Trinity."

 Think about the places he named; San Salvador means "Holy Savior" Vera Cruz means "True Cross." La Navidad means " Nativity" or "Christmas." Then he named Trinidad, which means "The Trinity."

 Today you can read his log. A quote from it, "It was the Lord who put it into my mind to sail to the Indies. The fact that the Gospel must be preached in so many lands -- that is what convinced me. Charting the seas is but a necessary requsite for the fulfillment of the great commission of our Lord and Savior."

William Bradford 1590-1657 Mayflower passenger Sept. 1620. A Governor of the Plymouth colony.

 "They (the Pilgrims) had a great hope and inward zeal of laying some good foundation or at least to make some way there unto for the propagating and advancing of the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world, yea though they should be but even a stepping stone unto others for the performing of so great a work." In his later years he wrote with "grief and sorrow" of the growing secularism and the loss of "constant faithfulness".

 The Pilgrims -- First called separatists or wanderers. Around 1600 this group was called puritans. They started in England in the counties of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, to purify the church and break away from the Church of England. In 1608 the group went to Holland and for twelve years John Robinson developed these people into what would be the founding fathers of America. The minority of the people sailed on the Mayflower and landed at Cape Cod after many delays and 63 days. The first year half of the pilgrims died but the rest survived and were joined by the others the next year.

 Fisher Aimes -- Author of the first ammendment, wrote an article called "School books" in the Pladium magazine in January 1801, "We have trouble in the classrooms, we are putting in new text books. Nothing wrong with new books but we are spending more time on them than the Bible; it is drifting to the back of the classroom. We cannot tolerate this in American education. The Bible's morals are pure, its examples are captivating and noble.

George Washington -- From Farewell Address17 September 1796 -- "The Bible...is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and spiritual nature and need of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation. America was born a Christian nation."

 "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." "It is impossable to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

 Benjamin Rush -- A signer of the Declaration of independence and founder of five Universities, three of which are still in use today, Ist Proffesor of chemistry in the U.S. In 1791 He wrote a paper "The defence of the use of the Bible as a school book" He wrote 12 reasons not to take the Bible out of school but at the end of the paper he wrote "If we were to remove the Bible from pulic schools we would be waisting so much time punishing crimes and taking so little pains to prevent them."

 Woodrow Wilson -- "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."

 Calvin Coolidge -- "The fundamental basis of this nation's law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody but the state."

 Theodore Roosavelt -- "Progress has brought us both unbounded oppourtunities and unbridled difficulties. I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism. The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian chariity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us."

 "There is only one morality. All else is immorality. There is only true Christian ethics over against which stands the whole of paganism. If we are to fulfill our great destiny as a people, then we must return to the old morality, the sole morality."

 Harry S Truman -- The fundamental basis of this nations law was given to Moses on the mount. The fundamental basis of our bill of rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I dont think we emphasise that enough these days.."

 John Adams -- "In 1798 he made proclamation that the 9th day of May that year would be a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer that the people of the US would offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies." Just let the President TRY to do that today!!

 Earl Warren -- Chief justice of the supreme court, 1954
"I believe that no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the good book and the spirit of the savior, have from the beginning have been our guiding geniuses."