|VOL. 10, NO. 8||December 18, 2008|
Eagle Forum's Court Watch & the Blackstone Institute
Wish You a Most Blessed Christmas!
"Join Us in Fighting for the Faith of Our Fathers!"
By Virginia Armstrong, Ph.D., National Chairman
The United States as a nation was rooted in a faith that applied to our Constitution and legal system as well as to issues of theology and personal spirituality. Our Founders saw this faith, the Christian faith, as highly beneficial to civil society, indeed as necessary to our nation's survival. The nature of this faith and the Founders' passionate commitment to it are obvious in the following quotes from early American statesmen and one highly-ranked British judicial official, who speaks directly to us Americans today.
John Adams: "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were . . . the general principles of Christianity. . . . Now 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."
Noah Webster: "The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government."
James Madison: "We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the ability of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity to each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD."
John Jay: "I . . . recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. The most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and religious liberties is always to remember with reverence and gratitude the source from which they flow."
Alfred Lord Denning (British Jurist): "Some people speak of natural justice as though it was a thing well recognisable [sic] by anyone, whatever his training and upbringing. But the common law of England has been molded for centuries by judges who have been brought up on the Christian faith. The precepts of religion have been their guide in the administration of justice.
. . . What does it all come to? Surely this, that if we seek truth and justice, we cannot find it by argument and debate, nor by reading and thinking, but only by the maintenance of true religion and virtue. Religion concerns the spirit in man whereby he is able to recognize what is truth and what is justice; whereas law is only the application, however imperfectly, of truth and justice in our every day affairs. If religion perishes in the land, truth and justice will also. We have already strayed too far from the faith of our fathers. Let us return to it, for it is the only thing that can save us."
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