Letter: Christian principles in constitution paramount, he says
TO THE EDITOR: The application of Christian principles in our constitution were so paramount that this is what the founders had to say:
Congress, U. S. House Judiciary Committee, 1854: Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle...
In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity... That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.
Benjamin Rush: [T]he only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible. [T]he Christian religion is the basis, or rather the source, of all genuine freedom in government I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of Christianity have not a controlling influence.
John Quincy Adams: In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity Congress, 1854: The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
James Madison: The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. Neither is national healthcare.
Got it, Mr. Gaslin?