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A Historical Argument Against the Separation of Church and State

A Historical Argument Against the Separation of Church and State

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*In 1776, 11 of the 13 colonies required that one had to be a Christian to be eligible to run for political office.

*In 1777, the Continental Congress voted to spend $300,000 to purchase Bibles for distribution in the nation.

*Our DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE declares, “…the laws of nature and of nature’s God… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights… appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions…”

*The GETTYSBURG ADDRESS states “…this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…”



*The NATIONAL ANTHEM written by Francis Scott Key (who was also director of the American Bible Society) says: “This be our motto – ‘In God Is Our Trust’.”

*The motto, “In God We Trust” was adopted by Congress in 1956. It is inscribed on our coins and currency.

*On that First “Thanksgiving”, who do you think the people were giving thanks to? To God!


*Our PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE declares that we are “…one nation, under God…”

*The famous “Liberty Bell” has part of Leviticus 25:10 inscribed on it: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

*Part of the Scripture Proverbs 14:34 is inscribed above the L.A. city hall door: “RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTETH A NATION: BUT SIN IS A REPROACH TO ANY PEOPLE.”

*An image of Moses carrying the tablets of God’s Law faces the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

*The U.S. Congress begins every session with prayer.

*The entering President takes his courtroom OATH OF OFFICE with his right hand on the Holy Bible, and concludes his vow “So help me God.”


*First President, George Washington, concluded a prayer he wrote in 1752 addressed to “O Most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ”: “…Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word… Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land.”

In his inaugural address in 1789, he said, “The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained.”

*First Vice President and Second President, John Adams wrote in 1798: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

*The phrase “SEPARATION OF THE CHURCH AND STATE” is nowhere found in the U.S. Constitution (however it is found in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto!) It was coined in the U.S. from a letter the principle framer of the Constitution and Third President Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association assuring them that he would keep the Government out of the Church (NOT the Church out of the Government). The same time he wrote this letter, he presided as Superintendent of the school district of Washington, D.C. Can you guess what single textbook was required by him in every classroom in his district??? THE HOLY BIBLE!! President Jefferson wrote these words in 1781 that now appear on his memorial in Washington, D.C.: “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 of the gift of God?” Good question, Pres. Jefferson!

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – 1781

*Our sixth President, John Quincy Adams said: “No book in the world deserves to be so unceasingly studied, and so profoundly meditated upon as the Bible.” – 1812 “Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the Foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?” – 1837

*Our seventh President, Andrew Jackson, in 1845 said: “Sir, I am in the hands of a merciful God. I have full confidence in His goodness and mercy… The Bible is true… I have tried to conform to its spirit as near as possible. Upon that sacred volume I rest my hope for eternal salvation, through the merits and blood of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

*At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin said, “I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in the Assembly every morning.”

“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?”

*The Christian writings and pronouncements of our 16th President Abraham Lincoln would fill an entire book. He said this when he assumed leadership over a nation on the brink of civil war: “Unless the great God who assisted [President Washington], shall be with me, and aid me, I must fail. But if the same omniscient mind, and Almighty arm, that directed and protected him, shall guide and support me, I shall not fail… Let us pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now.” – 1861

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” – 1863

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon.” – 1863, Proclaimation of a National Fast

*Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th President, wrote: “In this actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at, or ignored their religious needs, is a community on the rapid down-grade.” – 1917

*Woodrow Wilson, our 28th President and Governor of New Jersey, said this: “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture.” – 1911

*Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, said this about our founding fathers: “They were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self- government. They were an inspired body of men. It has been said that God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the wilderness… Who can fail to see it in the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence.” – 1923

*Franklin Roosevelt prayed this prayer on a national radio hookup on D-Day, June 6, 1944, as our troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France: “Almighty God… with Thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogance. Lead us to the saving of our country. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.”

“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.”

*Harry Truman, our 33rd President, not known to be a committed believer, understood the spiritual heritage of this nation: “If men and nations would but live by the precepts of the ancient prophets and the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, problems which now seem so difficult would soon disappear… That is a supreme opportunity for the church to continue to fulfill its mission on earth. The (religious groups) bound together in the American unity of brotherhood – must provide the shock forces to accomplish this moral and spiritual awakening. No other agency can do it. Unless it is done, we are headed for a disaster we would deserve. Oh, for an Isaiah or a St. Paul to reawaken a sick world to its moral responsibilities.” – 1946

*Gerald Ford, our 38th President, quoted a 1955 speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower on December 5, 1974: “Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism. Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”

*President Ronald Reagan: “If we ever forget that we are ‘One nation, under God’, then we will be one nation gone under.” *Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said this to House Republicans in November , 1996: “We have an obligation to reassert… that this nation comes from God, that it is, in fact, only successful when it is submissive to God’s will.”


*FIRST CHARTER OF VIRGINIA (1606): “We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, herafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such people, as yet live in Darkness and miserable ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those Parts, to human Civility…”

*MAYFLOWER COMPACT (1620): “In the name of God, Amen. … Haveing undertaken for the glorie of God, and advancements of the Christian faith, and honour of our king and countrie, a voyage to plant the first colonie in the Northerne parts of Virginia…”

*FIRST CHARTER OF MASSACHUSETTS (1629): “…our said People… may be soe religiously, paceablie, and civilly governed, as their good Life and orderlie Conversacon, maie wynn and incite the Natives of Country, to the Knowledge and Obedience of the onlie true God and Savior of Mankinde, and the Christian fayth, which is our Royal intencon, and the Adventurers free Profession, is the principall Ende of this Plantacion…”

*THE CHARTER OF MARYLAND (1632): “…being animated with a laudable, and pious Zeal for the extending of the Christian Religioin, and also the Territories of our Empire…”

*FUNDAMENTAL ORDERS OF CONNECTICUT (1639): “…we …enter into Combination together, to mayntayne and presearve the liberty and purity of the gospell of our Lord Jesus which we now professe, as also the disciplyne of the Churches, which according to the truth of the said gospell is now practised among us…”

*NEW ENGLAND CONFEDERATION (1643): “Whereas we all came into these parts of America with one and the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and the enjoy the liberties of the Gospel in purity with peace…”

*PENNSYLVANIA CHARTER OF PRIVELEGES (1701): “…all persons who also profess to believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, shall be capable (notwithstanding their other Persuasions and Practices in Point of conscience and Religion) to serve this government in any capacity, both legislatively and executely…”


*DELAWARE (1776): “I, ______, do profess faith in God the Father 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 Testaments to be given by divine inspiration.” (oath REQUIRED of ALL officers in the state)

*PENNSYLVANIA (1776): “I do believe in one God, the creator and governor of the universe, and rewarder of the good and punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration.” (MUST DECLARE to serve in State Legislature)

*NEW JERSEY (1776) – ALL members of Legislature were REQUIRED to have “a belief in the faith of any Protestant sect.”

*MISSISSIPPI (1832): “No person who denies the being of a God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.”

*MARYLAND (1867): “…nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness or juror on account of his religious belief: provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under his dispensation, such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefor, either in this world or the world to come. That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office or profit or trust in this state other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God.”

*MASSACHUSETTS (1780): “It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being… the legislature shall, from time to time, authorize and require, the several towns… to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the institution of the public worship of God and for the support andmaintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion, and morality…”

*NEW HAMPSHIRE (1792) – ALL Senators and Representatives were REQUIRED to be of the “Protestant religion.”

*NORTH CAROLINA (1776): “That no person who shall deny the being of God… nor the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this state.”

*CONNECTICUT, SOUTH CAROLINA, & GEORGIA – ALL Legislators were REQUIRED to be Protestants.


*1844: Christianity is part of our common law in “this qualified sense, that its divine origin and truth are admitted, and therefore it is not to be maliciously and openly reviled and blasphemed against, to the annoyance of believers or the injury of the public.”

*1889: “The organization of a community for the spread and practice of polygamy is, in a measure a return to barbarism. It is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western world.” (decision against Mormon church)

*1892: (citing other cases) “Christianity, general Christianity is, and always has been part of the common law of Pennsylvania” … “The people of this state (New York), in common with the people of this country, profess the general doctrines of Christianity, as the rule of their faith and practice… Nor are we bound, by any expressions in the Constitution as some have strangely supposed, either not to punish at all, or to punish indiscriminately, the like attacks on the religion of Mohamet or of the Grand Lama; and for this plain reason, that the case assumes that we are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply ingrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of those imposters.” … “This is a Christian nation.”

*1930: “We are a Christian nation.”


*1908: “Our nation and the States composing it are Christian.”


*1811: “Christianity, in its enlarged sense, as a religion revealed and taught in the Bible, is not unknown to our law.”


*1822: (concerning blasphemy law) “that whosever shall wilfully, premeditatedly, and despitefully blaspheme and speak loosely and profanely of Almighty God, Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Scriptures of Truth, and is legally convicted thereof, shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten pounds.”

*1855: “We are a Christian people.”


*1922: “We are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply ingrafted upon Christianity.”


*1869: “The Bible and the constitution harmonize in aim and in spirit; and religion and politics should go hand in hand together…”


*1855: “…it is a Christian country, and that its constitution and laws are made by a Christian people.”


*1860: “Ours is a Christian country.”


*U.S. Supreme Court, First Chief Justice, Honorable John Jay, 1816:

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty… of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

*Justice David Brewer, 1892, writing for majority in case of the Church of the Holy Trinity vs. the U.S.:

“This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation… We find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth… These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”

*Liberal Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, in 1954 speech: “I believe 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 been our guiding geniuses… Whether we look to the first Charter of Virginia… or to the Charter of New England… or to the Charter of Massachusetts Bay… or to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut… the same objective is present… a Christian land governed by knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it; freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people… I like to believe we are living today in the Spirit of Christian religion. I also like to believe that as long as we do, no great harm can come to our country.”

*Justice Antonin Scalia said this in a speech to the Mississippi College School of Law on April 9, 1996: “Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world… One can be sophisticated and still believe in God. Reason and intellect are not to be laid aside where matters of religion are concerned… Surely those who adhere to all or most of these traditional Christian beliefs are to be regarded as simpleminded. To many Americans, everything from the Easter morning to the Ascension had to be made up by the groveling enthusiasts [the disciples] as part of their plan to get themselves martyred.”

“Blessed Is The Nation Whose God Is The Lord…” -Psalm 33:12


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