America's Christian Roots
For those of you who failed to get this information in school, or whose kids and/or grandkids never saw these things
because they were eliminated from their textbooks, here it is!!!
Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians?
The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.
It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence,
the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American
Revolution, is still remembered for his words, 'Give me
liberty or give me death. But in current textbooks the context
of these words is deleted. Here is what he said: “An appeal
to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But
we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God
that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle
sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace
so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may
take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.
Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he
wrote this 'It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too
often that this great nation was founded not by religionists,
but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths
have been afforded freedom of worship here.'
Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front
of his well- worn Bible: 'I am a Christian, that is to say
a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt
that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of
our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also.'
Consider these words from George Washington,
the Father of our Nation, in his farewell speech on September
'It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to
political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the
supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that
our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.'
Was George Washington a Christian? Consider
these words from his personal prayer book: 'Oh, eternal and
everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash
away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge
my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more
in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy
fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time
obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life.
Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world
be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ.'
Consider these words by John Adams, our second
president, who also served as chairman of the American Bible
In an address to military leaders he said, 'We have no government armed with the power
capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion.
Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.'
How about our first Court Justice, John Jay?
He stated that when we select our national leaders, if we are to preserve our Nation, we must select Christians.
'Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and
interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.'
John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was the sixth
He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.
On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, 'The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in
one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.'
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the
United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, '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.'
In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: 'The congress of the United States recommends
and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.'
William Holmes McGuffey is the author of
the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in
our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until
it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the 'Schoolmaster
of the Nation.'
Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first.
Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: 'The
Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it
are derived our notions on character of God, on the great
moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded
the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source
has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred
scriptures. >From all these extracts from the Bible I make
Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In
the original Harvard Student Handbook rule number 1 was that
students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that
they could study the scriptures: 'Let every student be plainly
instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main
end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ,
which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus
Christ as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.
And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let everyone seriously
set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs
For over 100 years, more than 50% of all Harvard graduates were pastors!
It is clear from history that the Bible and the Christian faith, were foundational in our educational
and judicial system. However in 1947, there was a radical change of direction in the Supreme Court.
Here is the prayer that was banished:
'Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee. We beg Thy blessings upon us and our parents and our teachers and our country.
In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was outlawed as unconstitutional in the public school system.
The court offered this justification: 'If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could
and have been psychologically harmful to children.'
Bible reading was now unconstitutional , though the Bible was quoted 94 percent of the time by those who wrote
our constitution and shaped our Nation and its system of education and justice and government.
In 1965, the Courts denied as unconstitutional the rights of a student in the public school cafeteria
to bow his head and pray audibly for his food.
In 1980, Stone vs. Graham outlawed the Ten Commandments in our public schools.
The Supreme Court said this: 'If the posted copies of the
Ten Commandments were to have any effect at all, it would
be to induce school children to read them. And if they read
them, meditated upon them, and perhaps venerated and observed
them, this is not a permissible objective.' Is it
not a permissible objective to allow our children to follow
the moral principles of the Ten Commandments?
James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution
of the United States, said this: 'We have staked
the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of
government; far from it. We have staked the future of all
our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves
to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the
Today we are asking God to bless America. But how can He bless a Nation that has departed so far from Him?
Most of what you read in this article has been erased from
our textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to remove
the truth about America's Christian roots. I encourage all
who read and agree with the words herein, to share it with
others, so that the truth of our nation's history may be told.
I received this in an email on 6/17/2012. Thanks for sharing