Washington and A Secular Nation

Posted: July 9, 2009 in Category - Cultural War, Washington and A Secular Nation

Did the Father of America believe this was a secular nation?

Spend any time on the cable news stations and you will hear the same old story. America is a secular nation. Religion does not have a proper role in politics. The Founders planned it that way by building a wall of separation.

But when we read the Founders actual words something very different appears. George Washington, the Father of America spent a great deal of time trying to make just the opposite point. In his grandest and most quoted speech, his Farewell Address, President Washington said:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens.”

That’s not a preacher, or politician talking. That is George Washington, in his own words delivered to all future Americans.  Yes, President Washington, General Washington, Founding Father George Washington is questioning the Patriotism of the ACLU, the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and quite a few federal and state Judges.

May I repeat Washington’s words: “In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens.”

And isn’t that precisely what the ACLU and their activist allies in the Courts are trying to do?

To convince you and me that it is truly patriotic to advocate a secular nation and drive any form of religious expression from the public square.

By American Policy Roundtable (www.aproundtable.org)

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