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ARTICLE: The Separation of Church and State


Our founding fathers had strong beliefs in the separation of church and state. All previous societies that were built upon religious beliefs eventually failed. [MORE]

ARTICLE: The Failure of the Founders of The US Constitution


Several years ago I began to feel overwhelmed by all the reports coming from Washington, especially the multitude of deficit spending and I decided to get involved. I began asking myself if the Founders may have overlooked something in the U.S. Constitution which could have preve[MORE]

ARTICLE: American Morality - A Glimmer of Hope on the Horizon


Has the United States lost it's basic principle of morality? Has the United States moved away from the guiding principles that this country was founded on?[MORE]

ARTICLE: Wise Quotes From our Founding Fathers


Does it seem as though we are relying more and more on past personalities and their comments to give us sage advice instead of developing our own morality and intellect? Who determines what is a wise quote, a funny quote or even any comment that should be immortalized by the ages[MORE]

ARTICLE: A Declaration About America's Founding


Today, Colonel Wife and I will be hosting our annual Fourth of July Block Party out in the front yard. We've been killing ourselves getting the place spruced up (imagine inviting all your friends and family, and everyone in your 300-home neighborhood, into your garage), like we h[MORE]

ARTICLE: Interview with Benjamin Franklin


It was my honor to sit down with Benjamin Franklin to discuss his views on some of the common topics of the day as well as his view of what the "American Dream" is. The following post contains that interview and some interesting facts about Benjamin Franklin.[MORE]

ARTICLE: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" - But In Current Textbooks the Context of These Words is Deleted


While I didn't write or compile this mountain of support information, I would ask you offer a humble prayer of thanks for that man or woman who did. Now it my/our privilege to offer free~reprint rights to others who dare to share the truth. Respectifully ,Russ Miles [MORE]

FILE: Age of Reason - Thomas Paine


I put the following work under your protection. It contains my opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to m[MORE]

FILE: Detached Memoranda


James Madison, Detached Memoranda - Amendment I (Religion)[MORE]

BOOK: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin


A classic of eighteenth-century American history and literature, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography has had an influence perhaps unequaled by any other book by an American writer. Written ostensibly as a letter to his son William, Franklin's Autobiography offers his reflections on[MORE]

VIDEO: William Ellery Channing: Discourse on Spiritual Fr


William Ellery Channing: Discourse on Spiritual Freedom 1830 Excerpts read by Charles Bryant I do not often read sermons. But when I came upon this discourse, I was immediately struck by its truth and power. It was given by Dr Channing in 1830, but it applies equally in 201[MORE]

Quote 100 details Share on Google+ - Quote 100 Linked In Share Button - Quote 100 The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families.... How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?

John Adams: Diary, June 2, 1778

Quote 107 details Share on Google+ - Quote 107 Linked In Share Button - Quote 107 We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams: Address to the Military, October 11, 1798

Quote 114 details Share on Google+ - Quote 114 Linked In Share Button - Quote 114 GOD: I conceive for many reasons that he is a good being; as I should be happy to have so wise, good, and powerful a being my friend, let me consider in what manner I shall make myself most acceptable to him.

Benjamin Franklin: "Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion" (20 Nov. 1728)

Quote 115 details Share on Google+ - Quote 115 Linked In Share Button - Quote 115 Let me, then, not fail to praise my God continually, for it is his due, and it is all I can return for his many favors and great goodness to me; and let me resolve to be virtuous, that I may be happy, that I may please him who is delighted to see me happy.

Benjamin Franklin: "Articles of belief and Acts of Religion" (20 Nov. 1728)

Quote 151 details Share on Google+ - Quote 151 Linked In Share Button - Quote 151 In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787
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Quote 252 details Share on Google+ - Quote 252 Linked In Share Button - Quote 252 Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut, January 1, 1802

Quote 368 details Share on Google+ - Quote 368 Linked In Share Button - Quote 368 The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.

James Madison: proposed amendment to the Constitution, given in a speech in the House of Representatives, 1789

Quote 389 details Share on Google+ - Quote 389 Linked In Share Button - Quote 389 We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion Flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.

James Madison: letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

Quote 445 details Share on Google+ - Quote 445 Linked In Share Button - Quote 445 Happy, thrice happy shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed any thing, who have performed the meanest office in erecting this stupendous fabrick of Freedom and Empire on the broad basis of Independency; who have assisted in protecting the rights of humane nature and establishing an Asylum for the poor and oppressed of all nations and religions.

George Washington: General Orders, April 18, 1783

Quote 455 details Share on Google+ - Quote 455 Linked In Share Button - Quote 455 I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.

George Washington: circular letter of farewell to the Army, June 8, 1783

Quote 494 details Share on Google+ - Quote 494 Linked In Share Button - Quote 494 The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institution may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes. Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the Supineness or venality of their Constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to shew, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting an inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchm[en]t can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.

George Washington: fragments of the Draft First Inaugural Address, April 1789

Quote 495 details Share on Google+ - Quote 495 Linked In Share Button - Quote 495 The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.

George Washington: Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, December 2, 1783

Quote 529 details Share on Google+ - Quote 529 Linked In Share Button - Quote 529 In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practised, and, both by precept and example, inculcated on mankind."

Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

Quote 532 details Share on Google+ - Quote 532 Linked In Share Button - Quote 532 The Opinion of others I very little regard, & have a thorough Contempt for all men, be their Names Characters & Stations what they may, who appear to be the irreclaimable Enemies of Religion & Liberty.

Samuel Adams: Letter to William Checkley, December 14, 1772



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