Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Government and Religion

It is striking that in our Founder's era, the arguments over religion and government were either 1) Government should use religion as a way of securing natural liberty (given by "nature's God"), or 2) Government shouldn't mandate one set of religious beliefs over another.

NOTE: They *never* suggested doing away with Religion in government altogether. In fact, that idea never entered their thinking.

You'll find quotes by most, if not all, of the Founders acknowledging that the only way for their self-governance concept to survive was with a moral population. That's why they never talked about doing away with religion, even if they weren't the most religious person. From the beginning, they recognized that "nature's law" and "nature's God" formed the essential foundation and framework for freedom and a free society.

The idea has only surfaced in the last few decades that we should not be religious as a country.

  • Thomas Jefferson (most often cited as the closest anti-religion Founder and used by the left as a source for their interpretation of "separation of church and state") is the one that opened up Federal government buildings to be used for church meetings? During his administration (1801-1809), many different churches used government buildings as their primary meeting place. The practice continued for nearly a century afterward. When he founded the publicly-funded University of Virginia in 1819, he set aside space in the Rotunda for chapel services. Look it up.
  • It was in 1814 that Francis Scott Key penned the words of the Star Spangled Banner, but it was not until 1931 that the Star Spangled Banner (with the words, "And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust'." in its fourth stanza) was adopted as our national anthem. For much of the 19th century, our de facto national anthem was "My Country, Tis of Thee" (The "Thee" referring to God, of course).
  • So lefties would have us believe that religious thought in this country was confined to 1776? Think again.
  • It was in 1952 that the National Day of Prayer was made official (though the Continental Congress proclaimed a "day of publick [sic] humiliation, fasting, and prayer" in 1775 and a day of prayer was traditionally observed ever since).
  • It was in 1954 that the words "under God" were added to our pledge of allegiance.
  • In a 2007 comprehensive survey, Pew found that only 4% of Americans were Atheist or Agnostic. In fact, over 80% subscribe to a Judeo-Christian faith. Of the remainder, 4% are Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and the like and a 12% don't claim a particular denomination.
The fact is, we are clearly and convincingly a Christian nation - even after 5 decades of assault starting with kicking God out of schools in 1962.

You may not have known that we were such a religious nation. We don't act like one much these days, but I think it's just because we're starting to believe our own press!

What the left has done to pull the wool over our eyes is to convince us that when our Founders were arguing about religion (what kind, to what extent), they were arguing *over* religion (to be or not to be, that is the question). Don't believe their lies!

Now take these facts, find some more of your own, and go educate folks!
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