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This was the case 14 in which the Supreme Court upheld the display of a government owned crèche, ruling that the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, had a secular purpose with its nativity display, that it had not advanced religion, and that the display had not created an excessive entanglement... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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Those who are vested with civil authority ought to promote religion and good morals among all under their government. John Witherspoon, Signer of the I had the honor of being one among many who framed that Constitution. In order effectually to accomplish these great ends, it is incumbent upon us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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I have a thorough contempt for all men who appear to be the irreclaimable enemies of religion. Samuel Adams The most important of all lessons from the Scriptures is the denunciation of ruin to every State that rejects the precepts of religion. Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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The Christianity practiced in America was described by John Jay as “wise and virtuous,” by John Quincy Adams as “civilized,” and by John Adams as “rational.” A clear distinction was drawn between American Christianity and that of Europe in earlier centuries. As Noah Webster explained: The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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The motion was seconded and passed in the affirmative. Accordingly next morning he appeared with his clerk and in his pontificallibus robes and read several prayers. After this Mr. Duché, unexpected to everybody struck out into an extemporary prayer which filled the bosom of every man present. I must confess... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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When the Holy Trinity Court described America as a “Christian nation,” it did so because, as it explained: This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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To construe it the constitution as breaking down the common law barriers against licentious, wanton, and impious attacks upon Christianity itself, would be an enormous perversion of its meaning. Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 1844 United States Supreme Court This was the third case cited in Holy Trinity, and it involved... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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An oath, whether taken by a court witness or a public official, inherently signified a belief in God. There are abundant examples that this was not just an eighteenth century phenomenon. For instance, an 1834 legal guide for Tennessee judges declared: Judges, justices of the peace, and all other persons... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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Mr. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts said it would read better if it was that “no religious doctrine shall be established by law.” Mr. James Madison of Virginia said he apprehended the meaning of the words to be, that “Congress should not establish a religion, and enforce the legal observation of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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By 1900, Democrats actually began actively to seek a repeal of the 14th and 15th Amendments. As Democratic Senator Ben Tillman from South Carolina explained: We made up our minds that the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution were themselves null and void; that the civil rights acts of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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You cannot expect the Negro to rise while the Democrats are trampling upon him and his rights. We ask you, sir, to do by the Negro as you ought to do by him in justice. If the Democrats are such staunch friends of the Negro, why is it that when... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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This election official could find only one black American in the entire State of Mississippi who was a Democrat! Significantly, in Mississippi at that time, there were 444,000 blacks and only 383,000 whites; 180 and since blacks voted overwhelmingly Republican, only by preventing them from voting could Democrats defeat the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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I stand before the same Court, but not before the same judges. . . . As I cast my eyes along those seats of honor . . . and that you may, every one of you, after the close of a long and virtuous with the approving sentence – “Well... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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Many important Justices have occupied the Old Supreme Court Chamber and filled its chairs; many important attorneys have argued their cases within that chamber; and many important decisions have been handed down in that room of the Capitol. Two of those cases are worth noting – both of which occurred... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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The promulgation of the great doctrines of religion – the being, and attributes, and providence of one Almighty God; the responsibility to Him for all our actions, founded upon moral story’s accountability; a future state of rewards and punishments; the cultivation of all the personal, social, and benevolent virtues –... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at David Barton U.S. Congress's blog
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