You have probably heard Obama announce in Turkey we are not a “Christian” nation.  You may have heard him tell a French reporter  prior to his Cairo speech that, based on the number of Muslims in America, we are probably one of the largest Muslim nations in the world.   

In this day of misinformed, “separation of church and state” zealots, I think it’s enlightening to take a look back at the intent of our founding fathers and what was said on the subject.  Freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. 

~ In 1787 the Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, emphasizing the need to teach religion and morality in the schools. 

~ “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports . . . and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion . . .”  George Washington

~ Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, “there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America,” and “the Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other . . .” 

~ “I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe.  That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshipped. . . That the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.”  Benjamin Franklin

~ “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  John Adams

And on our National monuments:

~ “Holiness to the Lord”  is engraved on a tribute block on the Washington Monument.

~ A sculpture of Moses with the Ten Commandments is on the Supreme Court building.

~ “The heavens declare the glory of God”  (Psalm 19:1) is engraved on the wall in the Library of Congress.

~ “I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that hereafter inhabit it.”  A prayer by President John Adams carved into the stone fireplace in the White House State Dining Room.

The connection between God, the Bible, morality and government are unmistakeable . . . and God blessed this new government,  making America the most prosperous nation in history.  Why would we want to experiment with anything other than a proven formula for success?

I highly recommend the book ” The 5000 Year Leap” for a better understanding  of our founding fathers’ thoughts on religion and government.

Newt Gingrich has produced a DVD and written a book on the subject, both titled “Rediscovering God in America.”  The DVD is an interesting tour of Washington and a review of the writings of our founding fathers and the inscriptions on our buildings in Washington (a few of which are listed above).  Both the book and DVD are available on amazon.com.

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