It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.
Therefore I have a very
hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having "In God We
Trust" on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't
we just tell the 14% to shut up and sit down????
I must insert this answer to overwhelming feedback on this page, now years after I placed it here. Yes, I know there were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Did YOU know that the document was adopted by unanimous vote of 12 delegates representing all colonies EXCEPT New York because they were not authorized at the time to do so? The New York Provincial Congress quickly voted to endorse the Declaration on July 9, 1776. The document was engrossed on parchment in accordance with a resolution passed by Congress on July 19th. On August 2, the 53 members present signed it. The three absentees signed it subsequently. (Source – “The Annals of America, Volume 2”, published by Encyclopedia Britannica.) With this knowledge I see no reason to fret over the fact that Forsaken Roots postings all over the internet refer to 55 instead of 56 signers. As for the contention about whether or not our Founding Fathers were Christians, Deists, or just a bunch of rabble-rousers, no one can question them at this point to find out for sure. I prefer instead to take the body of their great works at face value and assume a guiding spirit caused these men to come together at this particular time in human history and essentially create the beginnings of the greatest country on earth. That is my personal motive. I can only presume what the differing motives are for all the negative email I received about this page. Christians all over the world are constantly under attack for professing any belief in the Spirit of God in Christ. Those who attack us do so without realizing that without our set of beliefs and the natural law that springs from them, life on this planet would be much more intolerable for human beings. Life without American values, conceived and driven by Christian beliefs is the shining hope for all mankind. DebV – 04/07/06
As we feared, this issue isn’t over yet. For some reason, we must continually fight the re-writing of our history and the re-defining of our culture. Those who oppose the very language of our culture do not realize that the ideals that influenced that language are the source of the very freedoms they enjoy. God infringes on no one and asks only that no one infringe on Him.
This was originally published here on the feedback page. I believe it belongs here. Thank you, Lewie, for sharing it. Deb V
Roots in the United States
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 in 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 actually 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 to 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? You be the judge. 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 religions, 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 real 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 "
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." Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: "The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on the 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. For all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology."
Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, 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 for 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 Ten Commandments."
So much for the so-called "separation of church and state."
Today, we are asking God to bless America. But, how can He bless a
Nation that has departed so far from Him? Prior to September 11, He was not
welcome in America and is still unwelcome in all of our public schools.
Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks.
Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country's
"I tremble for my country when I recall that God is just, and that His justice will not sleep forever." -- Thomas Jefferson