Today is Religious Freedom Day 2019 (Wed. 1/16). But the left won’t let your faith interfere with its social agenda.
The First Amendment was adopted because the Founding Fathers thought we could learn from the religious wars that had plagued Europe since the Reformation. Also, and most importantly, to protect freedom of conscience – not to separate “Church and State.” That secularist dogma came much later.
It was never intended to force people of faith to pay for abortions or contraception or (if a business) participate in same-sex ceremonies.
Just this week, another Obama judge ruled in favor of compelling a group of nuns to provide contraception in their health plan. Cultural Marxists say: “You can believe whatever you want. We’ll tell you what to do.” The judiciary is their enforcement arm.
The president issued a well-worded Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day. But the future of religious freedom in America depends not on proclamations but on confirming more Trump judges, and giving him a second term to continue that vital work.
EDITOR’S NOTE – I’ve often had liberals deny the FACT that our Founding Fathers quoted far more often from the Bible than from any other source.
They also try to deny that much of our Constitution, Bill of Rights and laws are based upon biblical principles.
Many of these deniers of the truth tell me that the Founding Fathers relied heavily on Blackstone’s Law.
They are then shocked when I tell them that Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England were largely based on biblical principles and that Sir William Blackstone was a devout Christian.
I direct them to President George Washington’s Farewell Address, where he stated:
“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. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, “Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?” And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”
Samuel Adams stated:
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual—or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Harry Alonzo Cushing, Ed, The Original Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4, 1778-1802, “To James Warren, Philade, Feb 12, 1779.
John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson:
“The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite….And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: . . . Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.” John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 28, 1813. Lester J. Capon, ed., The Adams-Jefferson Letters. (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1959), pp. 339-340.
John Adams wrote in his diary:
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward almighty God…What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.” John Adams, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Belknap Press of Harvard Press, Cambridge, MA, 1961, V. III, p. 9.
John Adams also states:
“Statesmen . . . may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.” Charles Frances Adams, The Works of John Adams Second President of the United States, Little, Brown and Co, Boston, 1854, Vol. IX, P 401, Federer, p. 8.
Ever look at the largest signature on the Declaration of Independence? John Hancock wrote:
“Whereas . . .these United States are not only happily rescued from the danger and calamities to which they have been so long exposed, but their freedom, sovereignty, and independence ultimately acknowledged.
And whereas . . . the interposition of Divine Providence in our favor hath been most citizens of these United States have every reason for praise and gratitude to the God of their salvation. Impressed therefore with an exalted sense of the blessings by which we are surrounded, and of our entire dependence on that Almighty Being from whose goodness and bounty they are derived; I do by and with the Advice of the Council appoint Thursday the eleventh day of December next (the day recommended by Congress to all the States) to be religiously observed as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, that all the people may then assemble to celebrate. . . that He hath been pleased to continue to us the Light of the blessed Gospel;. . . That we also offer up fervent supplications . . . to cause pure religion and virtue to flourish . . . and to fill the world with His glory.” John Hancock, A Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Signed by Governor John Hancock Nov. 8, 1783, Boston, Massachusetts. Federer, p. 276-7.
The venerable Benjamin Franklin spoke up during the stalemate on drafting the Constitution, saying:
“The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other — our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own wont of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.”
“In this situation of this Assembly groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. — Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance.”
“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? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.”
“I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.” Benjamin Franklin speech delivered Thursday, June 28, 1787, to the Constitutional Convention at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
There are many more similar quotes from our Founding Fathers, but it should be clear that they knew that in order for America to be free and to thrive that it needed to base its laws on biblical teachings to establish the necessary virtue and morality needed to survive. This is why liberals are working so hard to destroy America’s Christian foundations.
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