Modern Political Correctness has worked so hard at teaching separation of Church and State that they have successfully convinced many that our nation was not, in those early days, a Christian nation. Athiests, agnostics, and unfortuantely, misinformed Christians, will tell you, inaccurately, that men like Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams were either athiests or Diests. With the 4th of July just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to remind folks of certain historical facts. I ask you to look at what our founding fathers said about God, in their own words. If you read nothing else here, I recommend Washington's Diary and Benjamin Franklin's speech at the end of this post. George Washington, in his farewell address, stated that religion and morality are at the heart of true patriotism, and essential to our national survival. John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." (Is the current disrepect for God why people now want to change the constitution itself, and claim it has out lived its need?) James Madison said, "The belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good, is essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man." Daniel Webster, a famous early American Statesman, warned, "If we and our posterity neglect religoius instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with injunctions of moratlity, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Noah Webster stated, "The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.. all the miseries and evil which men suffer from vice, crime, ambitions, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising of neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible." James Madison again: "We have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings hve been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic, and to whom we are bound to address our devout gratitude for the past, as well as our fervent supplications and best hopes for the future." John Witherspoon, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and a member of the Continental Congress, said, "God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable. He is the best friend to American liberty, who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion." Joseph Story, a Supreme Court Justic appointed by James Madison called America a Christian country, and stated, "Christianity is not to be maliciously and openly reviled and blasphemed against. It is unneccessary for us to consider the establishment of a school or college, for the propagatoin of Deism or any other form of infidelity. such a case is not presumed to exist in a Christian country." In a 10-year-period, University of Houston political professors collected and cataloged 15,000 writings by the founding fathers. Their goal was to determine the primary source of ideas behind the constitution by identifying the sources quoted by the founding fathers. The four most quoted sources were the Bible, Montesquieu (A French philosopher), William Blackstong (An English Jurist), and John Locke, an English Philosopher. The Bible was quoted four times more often tan Montesquieum, six times more often than Locke, and 12 times more often than Blackstone. 94% of the founding father's quotes were based on the Bible. 34% were directly from the Bible. 60% were from men who used the Bible to arrive at their conclusions. Noah Webster starts off his book on American History with these words, "It is the sincere desire of the writer thta our citizens should early understand that the geniuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion." George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." Patrick Henry said the Bible is "a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed." Thomas Jefferson said, "I have always said, and always say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens." George Washington's diary reveals these words from Washington, "Let my heart, gracious God, be so affected with Your glory and majesty that I may discharge those weighty duties which thou requirest of me. Again, I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins, for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered on the cross for me. Thou gavest thy son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation." Benjamin Franklin, in a speech made on June 28, 1978, at the age of 81, said these words. "In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were gracioiusly answered. Have we not forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing upon our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed with business." May America turn back to God. May God bless her when she does.