God, the Bible, and Our Founders

Note the following timeline:
1776/03/16 – Continental Congress earnestly recommends that May 17th be observed by the Colonies as a day of HUMILIATION, FASTING, and PRAYER.
1776/05/17 – Colonies observe day of HUMILIATION, FASTING, and PRAYER.
1776/07/04 – Declaration of Independence declares as self-evident truth that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights
1777/07/07The Congress desire to have a Bible printed under their care & by their encouragement
1777/09/11The Congress of the United States of America moved to import 20,000 copies of the Bible
1778/05/02General George Washington’s orders directed that divine Service be performed every Sunday and “expected that Officers of all Ranks will by their attendance set an example to their men… To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian—The signal Instances of providential Goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labours with complete Success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of Gratitude & Piety to the Supreme Author of all Good.” (note how this language echoes the language of the Continental Congress document from 1776/03/16)
1783/06/08General George Washington’s Circular Letter of Farewell to Army ends with a description of “the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”
1787/09/17 – Final draft of the Constitution sent to Congress
1787/12/07 – Delaware ratifies the Constitution
1787/12/12 – Pennsylvania ratifies the Constitution
1787/12/18 – New Jersey ratifies the Constitution
1788/01/02 – Georgia ratifies the Constitution
1788/01/09 – Connecticut ratifies the Constitution
1788/02/06 – Massachusetts ratifies the Constitution
1788/04/28 – Maryland ratifies the Constitution
1788/05/23 – South Carolina ratifies the Constitution
1788/06/21 – New Hampshire ratifies the Constitution
1788/06/21 – Constitution Ratified
1788/06/25 – Virginia ratifies the Constitution
1788/07/26 – New York ratifies the Constitution
1789/03/04 – The Constitution goes into effect
1789/04/30 – President George Washington takes office
1789/09/25– Congress passes 12 Amendments (which became Amendments 1-10, 27, and one unratified)
1789/10/03 – At the request of Congress, President George Washington issues Thanksgiving Proclamation
1789/11/20 – New Jersey ratifies Amendments 1-10
1789/11/21 – North Carolina ratifies the Constitution
1789/12/19 – Maryland ratifies Amendments 1-10
1789/12/22 – North Carolina ratifies Amendments 1-10
1790/01/19 – South Carolina ratifies Amendments 1-10
1790/01/25 – New Hampshire ratifies Amendments 1-10
1790/01/28 – Delaware ratifies Amendments 1-10
1790/02/24 – New York ratifies Amendments 1-10
1790/03/10 – Pennsylvania ratifies Amendments 1-10
1790/05/29 – Rhode Island ratifies the Constitution
1790/06/07 – Rhode Island ratifies Amendments 1-10
1791/03/04 – Vermont ratifies the Constitution
1791/11/03 – Vermont ratifies Amendments 1-10
1791/12/15 – Virginia ratifies Amendments 1-10
1791/12/15 – Amendments 1-10 ratified
1795/01/01 – President Washington issues another Thanksgiving Proclamation

The Bill of Rights is about preserving our God-given (Endowed by our Creator) inalienable rights.

The First Amendment is about preserving our God-given (Endowed by our Creator) inalienable rights in our expression of religion: in speech, in press, in assembly, in petitioning for redress of grievances.

The First Amendment is about ensuring that the government never takes away our freedom of religious expression.

Yet today, that has been turned 180 degrees, and a phrase that doesn’t even exist in the Constitution or Bill of Rights is now being used to take away the very rights the first amendment was written to protect.

Those who best understand the “original intent” of the first amendment are those who were there when it was written and subsequently ratified in 11 states. If the original intent was as the ACLU claims, then why did President George Washington issue these religious proclamations? Why didn’t anyone object and claim that they were unconstitutional?

Realize this truth: The same congress that passed this amendment on September 25th, 1789…

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

…was the same Congress that asked President George Washington to issue the Thanksgiving Proclamation that was delivered a mere eight days later: October 3rd, 1789.

And whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint Committee, requested me

“To recommend to the People of the United States, a Day of public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful Hearts the many and signal Favors of Almighty GOD, especially by affording them an Opportunity peaceably to establish a Form of Government for their Safety and Happiness.”

Many people, including the atheist Hitchens, are wrong about the Founders.

A Few Declarations of Founding Fathers and Early Statesmen on Jesus, Christianity, and the Bible.

Some, like Dan Riehl, like to make hay about “What Washington didn’t say about God and the Bible“. Let them go back and read the multitude of primary source documents that clearly show how the overwhelming majority of our founders based both their lives and founding of this country upon the Bible.

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6 Responses to God, the Bible, and Our Founders

  1. Pingback: Thanksgiving « I Took The Red Pill (and escaped the Matrix)

  2. Fauxoutrage says:

    paulbot ahteist thinks beck is a nazi neocon for misquoting washington no right winger should take him seriously

  3. skeeter says:

    “Let them go back and read the multitude of primary source documents that clearly show how the overwhelming majority of our founders based both their lives and founding of this country upon the Bible.”

    We know this and this is the reason the history revisionists would rewrite history to try and destroy any refference to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob in the founding of America by any other than the Hagarene Islamics, whoes progenitor was the Egyptian called Hagar. Christopher Columbus the man who discovered America was Jewish, from the lineage of Isaac, the son of Promise. I have no dog in this fight when it comes to genealogy, except to say I am a christian. The Islamics are already at work, and have been for some time.


    Furthermore, Hagar was an Egyptian of the lineage of the Hammitic peoples, IE Black. Question: If Black Liberation Theology people are so determined to extract so much venom from the subject of slavery–why only dig up the history of the past few hundred years? Why not produce all the history of the past? But in this respect, beginning with the enslavement of the Children of Israel in the building of the Pyramids of Egypt? Hypocrits.They have not appologized to Israel for that.

    Fauxoutrage Says:
    paulbot ahteist thinks beck is a nazi neocon for misquoting washington no right winger should take him seriously

    Who really gives a rats A– what some islamic commenter has to say about Americans, IE Beck? Maybe you take yourself and Islam too seriously.

    rp: one thing I do believe, you are on the right track when you are studying the biblical genealogies. There are a lot of ministers who tell us “Avoid FOOLISH disputes, GENEALOGIES, and ETC, as per Titus 3:9. , not so. The genealogical records were placed in the bible for a reason, so we could know who and what we are dealing with. Paul was referring to all the Jews and their wrangling accounts of who they were.(Israelites) who had came out of the Babylonian captivity in those last 400 years who were saying they were of AAron, or Dan, or Manesseh, or Ephraim, ETC ETC ETC or of the Levitical Priests. Like who is who that came over on the Mayflower, or I am a Rockfeller or a blue blood of King James. STATUS, they were angling for status in the new Christian church, Paul said, forget it. The genealogies are an important part of the bible that should not be ignored.

  4. When it comes to the Founders and the Constitution, David Barton knows orders of magnitude more than Jon Stewart.

    Jon Stewart threw every straw man (that his staff gave him on note cards) that he could at David Barton, and Barton knocked every single one of those straw men down. Barton has spent decades studying thousands of primary source documents. Stewart has spent minutes, possibly hours, studying the note cards his staff gave him. It was no contest. Every time Stewart threw a false accusation at Barton, Barton countered with the truth. And every time, Stewart would interrupt Barton’s answer. Stewart could only crack a joke or change the subject; he couldn’t have a straight-up discussion of the truth.






    I would love to see a similar discussion between David Barton and “Constitutional Law” lecturer Barack Obama.

    When it comes to the Founders and the Constitution, David Barton knows orders of magnitude more than Barack Obama.

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