Quotes On America's Foundation
"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Declaration of Independence (1776)
"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun - let His Kingdom come!" Samuel Adams, 1776 speech, Governor of Massachusetts (1793-1797)
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!" Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia (1776 - 1779 and 1784 - 1786)
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States - Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."
"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-1797)
"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." Benjamin Franklin, Scientist and Statesman
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. 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." John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801)
"In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity." John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (1825-1829)
"That book [the Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests." Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (1829-1837)
"Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise. And in this sense, and to this extent, our civilization and institutions are emphatically Christian." Illinois Supreme Court, Richmond vs. Moore (1883)
"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." United Sates Supreme Court, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States (1892)
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