But it is the intent of the founders of this country that matter. It is Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Rush, John Dickinson, John Witherspoon and others who exressed that Paine was “ignorant of human nature as well as an enemy to the Christian faith”
George Washington said in part, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?
And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?"
In George Washingtons time. "religious principle" was taught from the Bible.
When one labors to subvert the Bible, they labor to subvert the foundation of their own country.
Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
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