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Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. - Thomas Jefferson, inside the Jefferson Memorial Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln, when asked if he though God was on our side. He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world. - Benjamin Franklin, 1774, Ambassador to France The church must take right ground in regard to politics. Politics are a part of a religion in a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God...He will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics. - Charles Finney There is nothing so absurd but if you repeat it often enough people will believe it. - Dr. William James, The Father of Modern Psychology If this court doesn't stop talking about separation of church and state, someone will think it is part of the Constitution. - Bear v. Colmorgan, 1958, One of the justices, in a stinging dissent. What happens when a nation stops basing its judgments on a Biblical basis? Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. - George Washington If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be, and had been, psychologically harmful to the child. We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. - James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion in the world that deals with the heart. - Thomas Jefferson As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects Providence punishes national sins by national calamities. - George Mason, summarizing discussions on the floor of theConstitutional Convention We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. - John Adams