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By Chris Watts
In last week’s editorial about the separation of church and state, Rick Howell used a lot of generalizations to make his point that our founding fathers did not intend for America to be a Christian nation.
I will not try to argue that point with Mr. Howell, but rather present some real history and let the readers decide for themselves. Say what you want about the motives of politicians, or about how “religion” has been used and misused throughout history. But please don’t minimize the importance of Christianity in forming this great nation. We have abandoned these ideals in the last few decades, and I believe the results speak for themselves.
Choosing to ignore history in order to make America into something that fits your lifestyle more comfortably is one thing. Re-writing history is another, and should not be tolerated. The following are statements from some pretty influential and well-respected people in American history. The same people who formed our government. What better source to cite than the original authors.
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington.
“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” John Adams.
“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 graciously answered… do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?” [Constitutional Convention reference to God, Thursday June 28, 1787] Ben Franklin (The guy who only mentioned God with reference to beer).
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? Thomas Jefferson (That’s right, Thomas Jefferson…who also signed presidential documents “In the year of our Lord Christ”).
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” James Madison.
“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” Patrick Henry.
These are but a few examples of the intent of our founding fathers, and with all due respect to Mr. Howell, I believe that I will take their word for it and not his.