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Purely secular system of U.S. government not supported by facts

Letter to the Editor

It has been said that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Once a mainstay in U.S. primary school education, the McGuffey’s Reader had printed in its forward the following declaration: “The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. The Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus are not only basic but plenary.” Since McGuffey’s replacement throughout the 20th century with progressively relativist and revisionist textbooks (which hasn’t worked out too well for us), the assertion that our founders created a purely secular system of government without any Judeo-Christian influences or underpinnings has been the standard claim. Historical facts don’t support this, however. After examination of nearly 15,000 writings attributed to the Founding Fathers, scholars concluded that the Holy Bible was found to have contributed, directly or indirectly, to nearly all of them. Following are but a few examples.

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” President George Washington, the Father of our Country.

“In my opinion, the present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling … its object to be first, the support of the Christian religion, and second, the support of the United states.” Alexander Hamilton, delegate to the Continental Congress, and author of the Federalist Papers.

“Religion is the basis and foundation of our government,” James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, and fourth president of the United States.

To the “one-eyed men” in present day academia, who propagate the falsehood that our nation was founded in a moral and spiritual vacuum, and that Christianity played no role in the formation of our civic and governmental institutions, I leave you a quote from John Adams, our second president: “Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Thomas Reilly



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