America's Christian Roots Series Continued
Congress passed this resolution:
“The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.” - United States Congress 1782
Noah Webster, American Schoolmaster - Educator to Children of the Founding Fathers "Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was America’s basic text book in all fields.
God’s Word, contained in the Bible, has furnrished all necessary rules to direct our conduct."
Preface Noah Webster Dictionary, 1828
"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed ... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."
In 1776 America won its independence. By 1782 The Congress had printed a Bible and made this statement:
“The United States in Congress assembled ... recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States ... a neat edition of the Holy Scriptures for the use of schools.”
Our First President, George Washington, was quoted as saying: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
John Adams- Second President of the United States of America, First Vice President, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Signer of the Bill of Rights, and Signer of First Amendment
“I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.”
Patrick Henry, Early American Leader
-"There is a book [the Bible] worth all the other books ever printed."-
John Jay, First Chief-Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
-"The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts." -
Daniel Webster, Early American Politician
-"Education is useless without the Bible."
Andrew Jackson, President of the United States of America
-“[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.”
Public schools were actually allowed to have religious education teachers, who instructed students in the Christian faith and moral values. In 1949, the Court stated that public schools could no longer do this because it “breached the historical separation of church and state.” There is no clause in the Constitution stating the doctrine of “separation of church and state.” There are two clauses, one forbidding "any law respecting an establishment of religion." This was intended to prevent the establishment of a national church similar to what there had been in England where abuses were practiced and the governed were not allowed a free exercise of religion. The other protecting against any infringements on the “free exercise of religion.” Today, this seems to be totally turned around and interpreted as there must be "freedom from religion" instead of a promotion of and respect for the free exercise of religion, specifically the free exercise of our Christian faith and beliefs.
In 1949, the Court did allow a “released time” program, which permitted students to leave school early in order to attend religious instruction provided at churches. By having the students leave school grounds to receive religious instruction, the Court believed that it had reached an acceptable compromise by preventing the violation of the establishment of religion in public schools but still allowing everyone’s religious freedom. This action banned religious teaching in public schools.
There was a released time program offered during my school years. Students who wanted to participate were released early on Wednesday afternoons. I remember going to one central church in elementary school and a different church in junior high school. I do not remember attending "religious instruction" in high school.
Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America,
“In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”
Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America
“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
Resources Used: US History Quotes About God and the Bible - USA Christian Ministries-Internet
A Brief History of School Prayer - Internet
Thank you so much for this much needed series.
God Bless you dear sister,
I read this and find myself both angry and sad. How our views have changed, as a society in this nation. To hear leaders mock scriptures content, and praise secular views, is a lot of what is wrong.
There is little we have within christianity that we can see, and study, and use for spiritual guidance and daily living. We do have the scripture, God has given us, but the many ways it has been divided has brought much doubt and confusion about the content. There are so many who feel that they have better understanding, and they use the scripture only to change it to suit their own modern purposes. I have very little respect for these people. It shows. A lot is at stake, and few see this.
Thank you for these reminders of the past. Fewer were mockers then. Many are the mockers now, of the inspired word of God. They begin in Genesis, and they do the same with the rest of it. Scripture says they will 'believe a lie'. They have pleasure in unrighteousness. They are workers of iniquity and lawlessness. Just look at the moral and legal issues our society has been, and still, are presenting. They fulfill the very scripture they doubt.
Thank you Dorothy for your faithfulness to God our Saviour. God Bless.