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But perhaps that is not enough for some of you that are out to remove religion from public life. So President George Washington went further by saying:
“Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness - these firmest props of duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.” (George Washington's Farewell Address)
But he was not finished even there telling those of you that believe religion has no place in America what truth really is. Oh no. He continued:
“Let it simply be asked, Where is security for property, for reputation, for life, if sense of religious obligation desert oaths which are instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to 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 foundation of fabric? Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” (George Washington's Farewell Address)
And just for good measure in case you did not understand that he also added:
“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct, and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period a great nation to give to mankind magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that in course of time and things fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be that Providence has not connected permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature.“ (George Washington's Farewell Address)
If your eyes are burning take a break. I know that this far too much to bear if you may be one of many of Americans that have been indoctrinated by enemies of this nation not as defined by myself, but as defined by President Washington himself.
Our Supreme Court of today needs to do a little more historical referencing before they make baseless decisions with roots solely in other unfounded court decisions of only last century. Perhaps they need to think twice before they consider authoring a decision with no historical reference to time of our founders who talked of our “Creator“, “Supreme Judge of World“, and “divine Providence“ in our very Declaration of Independence and even “our Lord“ in very Constitution these despots have now found a prohibition of God in. Maybe before they talk about how religion cannot be seen within our courthouse walls they should listen to words of President Washington and maybe they should pull their heads out of their robes.
The prohibition on “establishment” of religion does not mean to wipe religion from foundation of our country. It means exactly what it says which is to prevent creation of, and required worship at, a national church “or else” as James Madison said during debates on addition of this amendment and as is well documented in Annals of Congress.
Recognizing foundation of our laws is not an “establishment” of religion. And if you don’t believe me, ask George Washington, our first President, man that turned down being King and someone that was actually alive when Constitution was written. You might learn something and certainly will be far wiser than Justices Breyer, Souter, Ginsburg and Stevens could ever hope to be.
Until these four are impeached this country will never resemble that which our founding fathers intended and that which it was ordained by Providence to be.
J.J. Jackson is the Senior Editor of American Conservative Politics (www.thelandofthefree.net), owner and chief designer of The Right Things (www.therightthings.com) and internet political columnist.