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HAIL TO THE CHIEF
Spiritual Quotes Of Our Nation's Presidents

     "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

President Ronald Reagan
August 23, 1984

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The following article, containing dozens of spiritual quotes by our United States Presidents, is taken from Ed Moore's book, Prayer Force One: Across America.  It is presented here in order to preserve the foundations of our nation's spiritual heritage.  You may order Ed Moore's book by clicking on the book at the right. Prayer Force One Across America book

Our National Spiritual Heritage
As Presented In Presidential Quotes

George Washington
First President of the United States

      When George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States, he placed his left hand upon the Bible. He did not do this because it was required by the Constitution, but because it was the natural and right thing to do in America. When he finished taking the presidential oath, he added the words, "So help me God". Again, this was not required. Then, in somber reverence, and in the sight of all of those present, the nation's first president bent and kissed the Bible that had been used during the ceremony. This first official act of a United States President says it all. This was a nation that owed its existence to God Almighty. Every single president, since George Washington, has also taken the presidential oath upon the Bible. Likewise, every single one of them has added the words, "So help me God." This is our spiritual heritage! George Washington also made some very clear and unmistakable declarations where God and our nation were concerned. In his First Inaugural Address, President Washington stated:

     "It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being, who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States, a government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes. . . "

      Here it is easy to see, that Washington wanted it to be clearly understood that his first official act as president was to pray for Divine blessings upon the nation. President Washington went on to state the reason that such prayer was both appropriate and necessary. He said:

       "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."

      Washington went on to invoke, "pious gratitude", and a "humble anticipation of future blessings". He then makes the following declaration, a declaration that we, as Americans, need to hear again today. We quote:

       "The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained."

      When one considers both the tone and content of President Washington's First Inaugural Address, it would not be extreme to call it his "First Inaugural Sermon".  Again, it was George Washington, who instituted our first national Thanksgiving, to be observed on November 26, 1789. His final Farewell Address was no less full of reverence and prayer for Divine blessings. In it, he stated:

      "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can exist apart from religious principle."

      How we desperately need to realize this again today. A final quote from George Washington underscores the widespread founding sentiments of our newly formed nation. He firmly stated:

   "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible!"

      To this we say, "Amen"!

 

John Adams
Second President of the United States

       As a historian, it is hard for me to imagine the United States without the Adams' family. If George Washington was, "The Father of Our Country", then most certainly, Samuel Adams was, "The Father of the American Revolution", for it was he and his "Sons of Liberty" who set the revolutionary ball in motion. However, what Sam Adams was to America's independence movement, his cousin, John Adams, our second president, was to the Continental Congress. John Adams served on 23 of the 26 committees appointed by that body, including the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. If anyone understood the role that faith should play in American public life, it would be John Adams. In fact, John Adams boldly stated:

      "I consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for public service."

      It was also John Adams who wrote, what has probably become the most famous prayer ever offered in American history. In fact this prayer is the very first recorded act, performed by any president in the White House. On his first night in the nearly completed Executive Mansion, John Adams, pen in hand, wrote the words of this prayer to his dear wife, Abigail:

      "I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."

      I like to imagine the night on which John Adams prayed this prayer. I think I see the new house cradled by the chilly blue of that early November evening. I picture the President in his evening robe, sitting by one of the first fires to blaze within a White House hearth. I imagine this prayer slowly and reverently winding its way upward toward heaven, and entering into the eternal ears of God. I believe that prayer still echoes in the halls of heaven today.  Nearly 130 years after John Adams penned this prayer, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would have the words of this immortal prayer carved on the mantle of the State Dining Room of the White House. These words remain there today for every White House visitor to see.

 

Thomas Jefferson
Third President of the United States

       President Thomas Jefferson is probably one of the most misrepresented of all the presidents, where his spiritual views are concerned. The letter that he wrote to a friend, in which he refers to an invisible wall of separation between church and state, has been completely and utterly misrepresented, as we will show in lesson three. Jefferson's spiritual views, where appropriate public expression is concerned, are clearly demonstrated in this, his Presidential Prayer For Peace, dated March 4, 1805.

      "Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit wisdom those whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

      This is not quite the Thomas Jefferson that we have been led to believe existed, is it? Yet, this is the man who penned our Declaration of Independence, in which, we, as a nation, acknowledged God as Creator. Those who would rob us of our spiritual heritage, not only deny God's creative authority, but would replace it with a view of unprovable evolutionary blasphemy taught as science, falsely so called. No thank you, we prefer the acknowledgement of God as Creator, just as President Thomas Jefferson did.

 

President James Madison
Fourth President of the United States

      James Madison, at five foot, four inches and only one hundred pounds, was the smallest of all our presidents. Yet Madison was a giant intellectually. Known as "The Father of the Constitution", James Madison's contribution to The Federalist Papers give us one of our most powerful looks into the minds of those who forged the Constitution. The following statement by President Madison serves not only as a monument to the faith of our founding fathers, but also clearly acknowledges God's law as the very foundation of our Constitution.

     "We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded."

      Isn't it incredible that the "Father of the Constitution" acknowledged the commandments of God as the undergirdings of our Constitution, while modern judges tell us that we cannot even have the Ten Commandments in our government buildings, let alone in our public schools. Isn't it incredible how far these misguided judges have departed from the truth? We must rally before it is too late!

 

John Quincy Adams
Sixth President of the United States

       John Quincy Adams, the son of John Adams, was the only son of a former president to also serve as president. That is, until the election of George W. Bush in 2000. John Quincy Adams was a devout Christian who spoke for an entire generation of Americans when he connected Christianity with the foundations of the new government. Notice what he said:

     "The Highest glory of the American Revolution was this; that it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of self-government with the principles of Christianity."

 

Andrew Jackson
Seventh President of the United States

      Old Hickory was not a man to mince words, nor lose battles. Andrew Jackson became famous from his victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans, losing only thirteen men while the British lost over 2000. Andrew Jackson knew that his victories were of God.

      In both of his inaugural addresses, Jackson publicly acknowledged his reliance upon God.  In the second address he said:

     "Finally, it is my most fervent prayer to that Almighty Being before whom I now stand, and who has kept us in His hands from the infancy of our Republic unto the present day, that He will so overrule all my intentions and actions and inspire the hearts of my fellow-citizens that we may be preserved from dangers of all kinds and continue forever a united and happy people."

      President Jackson's most powerful and oft repeated quote concerning our nation and its reliance upon the Bible is this.

           "The Bible is the rock upon which this Republic rests!"

      Isn't it about time that we quit allowing the foundations of our Republic to be discarded? Yea, isn't it about time for us to repair these foundations?

 

Abraham Lincoln
Sixteenth President of the United States
 

       Abraham Lincoln once said of the Bible, "I believe the Bible is the best gift God ever gave to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through that book." On a personal spiritual note, Lincoln confessed, "I have been driven many times to my knees with the overwhelming conviction, that I had nowhere else to go."

       President Lincoln was not only deeply religious in his personal life, but also believed in the vital importance of religion and faith as the foundation of all good government. Notice how Abraham Lincoln used the word "duty" in referring to a nation's spiritual obligation to acknowledge God.

      "It is the duty of nations as well as men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the LORD."

      Lincoln also defended the United States courts of his day for basing moral decisions on Biblical standards, which the courts had consistently done for over half a century. In this regard he stated:

     "The only assurance of our nation's safety is to lay our foundation in morality and religion."

      President Lincoln was sincere in this conviction. I do not think that it is unfair to say that the end of slavery and the preservation of the Union might never had occurred had it not been for the Bible-based convictions which fortified and compelled Lincoln both before and during his presidency.

 

Theodore Roosevelt
Twenty-sixth President of the United States

       President Theodore Roosevelt was undoubtedly one of our nation's greatest presidents. Like his personal hero, Abraham Lincoln, T.R. was also a man of deep personal faith. Again, like Lincoln, he literally changed the world in which he lived. He did so because of his strong belief that right was clearly set forth in the Bible. This attitude can easily be seen in the following quote in which Theodore Roosevelt warned the nation that the Bible must remain as the foundation of our national morality.

       "Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and intertwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally, I do not mean figuratively, but literally impossible for us to figure what the loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves."

      Unfortunately, our generation is now seeing the result of a generation where Biblical morality has been nationally purged.

 

Woodrow Wilson
Twenty-eighth President of the United States

     President Woodrow Wilson was the son of a Presbyterian minister. During his remarkable life he was a historian, lecturer, educator, President of Princeton University, Governor of New Jersey and President of the United States. If any man was in a position to know the truth about America's spiritual and political credentials, it was Woodrow Wilson. Two years before taking office as President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson boldly declared the truth about America's birth and then followed it with a personal challenge to everyone present. He said:

  "America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness, which are derived from Holy Scripture. Ladies and gentlemen, I have a very simple thing to ask of you. I ask of every man and woman in this audience that, from this night on, they will realize that part of the destiny of America lies in their daily perusal of this great Book of revelations. (The Bible) That if they would see America free and pure they will make their own spirits free and pure by the baptism of Holy Scripture."

Calvin Coolidge
Thirtieth President of the United States

          Calvin Coolidge was a man of few words. Known as "Silent Cal" he often said that he could carry on whole conversations by only using two words, yes and no. A lady once told President Coolidge that she had bet she could make the President say more than two words. To which he dryly replied, "You lose." Therefore, being a man of few words, perhaps we should put greater weight on the words that he did speak, especially concerning America's foundations. He said:

     "The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible, that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."
 

In the following statements, President Coolidge is quite clear:

         "If American democracy is to remain the greatest hope of humanity, it must continue abundantly in the faith of the Bible" (May 3, 1925)

      "No ambition, no temptations, lures her thought to foreign dominations. The legions, which she sends forth, are armed, not with sword, but with the Cross. The higher state to which she seeks the allegiance of all mankind is not of human, but of Divine origin. She cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God." (Inaugural Address, March 4, 1925)

 

Herbert Hoover
Thirty-first President of the United States

       Although Ronald Reagan is said to have patterned his presidential "style" after that of Franklin Roosevelt, Reagan openly praised the presidencies of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. In praising the latter, Reagan showed remarkable courage inasmuch as Hoover had become the national whipping-boy for the great depression. However, before the stock market crash of '29, Hoover was universally acclaimed and respected. Today, history is beginning to display a fairer view of this remarkable man and his ill-fated presidency.

       Actually, Hoover understood that real recovery had to come from character within more than from anything government programs could do. Hoover wrote: 
 

    "Our social and economic system cannot march toward better days unless it is inspired by things of the Spirit. It is here that the higher purposes of individualism must find their sustenance."

      Those, who only look to government for solutions, cannot comprehend what Hoover meant. But, those who do not barter the welfare of their nation's children for immediate financial expediency, understand exactly what he meant. Herbert Hoover's sentiments toward the dangers of excessive indulgence have now proven to be prophetic. Concerning America's strengths and challenges he wrote:

     "Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. It lies in public sensitivities to evil. Our greatest danger is not from invading armies. Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior."

      Does this warning not ring eerily true in the face of today's immolations to cinematic sin?     

 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Thirty-second President of the United States

On June 6, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt went on national radio with these solemn words:

     "My fellow Americans: Last night when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that the troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join me in prayer:

       Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization. . ."
 

      Take personal note that President Roosevelt specifically invoked God's blessings in order to protect, among other things, our religion. How can it be that it is constitutional for our President to pray; for our Congress to start each day in prayer; for our courts to begin each session in prayer, and yet, that it is somehow unconstitutional for our children to do the same? On October 28, 1944, Roosevelt expressed his deep conviction about the value of Christianity to democracy.

     " 'Peace on earth, good will toward men' - democracy must cling to that message. For it is my deep conviction that democracy cannot live without that true religion which gives a nation a sense of justice and moral purpose."

            The only man to be elected president for four consecutive terms could not have put it any more eloquently than this.

 

Harry S. Truman
Thirty-third President of the United States

       Harry S. Truman was probably the most unlikely of all of our U.S. presidents. He had failed in three businesses. At the age of 50, no one in Washington had ever heard of him. Yet, Harry Truman assumed the presidency at one of the most critical times in American history. In his first address to Congress after the death of Roosevelt he spoke these words:

       "At this moment, I have in my heart a prayer. As I have assumed my heavy duties, I humbly pray, Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon: 'Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad, for who is able to judge this thy so great people?' I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my LORD and my people."
 

      At the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in 1950, Truman again demonstrated the appropriateness of faith as part of the role as chief executive of the nation, as he said:

     "At this time, we should renew our faith in God. We celebrate the hour in which God came to man. It is fitting that we should turn to Him. . . But there are many others who are away from their homes and their loved ones on this day. Thousands of our boys are on the cold and dreary battlefield of Korea. But all of us, at home, at war, wherever we may be, are within reach of God's love and power. We can all pray. We should all pray."

      Harry Truman firmly believed in the faith-based foundations of our Constitution. In the following statement, Truman underscored his faith in God as Creator and as the author of human equality. Speaking on behalf of our American beliefs, he said:

      "We believe that all men are created equal because we were created in the image of God."

 

Lyndon Baines Johnson
Thirty-sixth President of the United States

        Lyndon Baines Johnson once asked Evangelist Billy Graham to run for President of the United States. And why not, hadn't President James A. Garfield been a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Remember, Billy Graham was just over fifty years of age and at the height of his popularity. This did not seem strange to Lyndon Johnson, who himself was the great-grandson of one of the most respected Baptist ministers in Texas. While president, Johnson liked to show people to a letter from Sam Houston to his great-grandfather, Reverend George Washingtion Baines Sr. He always told the story of how his great grandfather had led Sam Houston to personal faith in Christ. It would be interesting to consider how history might have been different if Billy Graham had been elected President in 1968 instead of Richard Nixon.

      On February 1, 1961, Vice-President Johnson said:

            "We need to remember that the separation of church and state must never mean the separation of religious values from the lives of public servants. . . If we who serve free men today are to differ from the tyrants of this age, we must balance the powers in our hands with God in our hearts."

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thirty-fourth President of the United States

       Few presidents have enjoyed such universal public esteem as President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He had been the victorious Supreme Commander of all allied armies during WWII. He then presided over an era of unprecedented growth and prosperity. In a world, then threatened by the godless atheism of world communism, Eisenhower countered:

    "Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic expression of Americanism."

 

James Earl Carter, Jr.
Thirty-ninth President of the United States

       President Carter has earned enduring respect on three fronts. First, for obtaining the Presidency against seemingly impossible odds. Second, for brokering an historic and lasting peace between Egypt and Israel; and third, for his continuing influence for peace since leaving office. He remains one of only three American presidents to win a Nobel Peace Prize (the others being Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson). Carter's "born again" rhetoric during the 1976 presidential campaign caused some, in certain quarters, to question whether one so publicly committed to his Christian faith could govern effectively. President Carter admirably responded to this by emphatically stating:

    "You can't divorce religious belief and public service. . . I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other."

      While many remain critical of Carter's effectiveness as president, few will deny that President Carter's firmly held Christian beliefs, led to his well deserved legacy as an international peacemaker.

 

Ronald Wilson Reagan
Fortieth President of the United States

        I counted it a great personal honor to have visited with President Reagan in the White House in 1982. It was clear to me that Ronald Reagan fully comprehended the need for national spiritual renewal. As you would expect from "The Great Communicator", he left us a wealth of quotes that beautifully articulate the role of faith as part of our national fabric. The difficulty for me, in writing this section, has been in selecting the quotes which best exemplify his views on God and faith as it relates to the welfare of our nation. I finally decided to include most of these quotes here and then add others in later lessons, where they seem to be the most appropriate. My favorite quote is a comment President Reagan made in a speech in Dallas, on August 23, 1984. He said:

     "Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what our senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
 

      The last sentence of the above quote should be put on billboards all across the United States, so that every adult citizen, every teenager and yes, every child in America could be reminded of this great truth. Indeed, I believe that this quote ought to become the best-known presidential quote in history. At Prayer Force One, we've already made an interactive "e-billboard" of this quote and sent it all across America via the Internet.

      Reagan based his philosophy, like those of the presidents who preceded him, upon the expressed belief in God as Creator. On September 21, in a nationally televised presidential debate, and just weeks before his landslide victory, Reagan said:
 

     "Going around this country, I have found a great hunger in America for spiritual revival; for a belief that law must be based on a higher law; for a return to traditions and values that we once had. Our government, in its most sacred documents - the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and all - speak of man being created, of a Creator; that we're a nation under God."

      Likewise, in his National Day of Prayer Proclamation, dated January 29, 1985, President Reagan spoke of the "appropriateness" of national prayer. He said:

"We are all God's handiwork, and it is appropriate for us as individuals and as a nation to call on Him in prayer."      

      President Ronald Reagan not only believed that we should pray as a nation, but he sincerely believed that there could be no liberty without the blessings of God. On March 8, 1983, Reagan said:

     "Freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly sought, and humbly accepted."

      This progression of thought from Ronald Reagan's mind flowed naturally because he, being the oldest elected president, literally sprang from an era that was still in-sync with the America that was, and had always been. He is one of those vocal few that both saw and warned against the encroachment of government in seeking to redefine America's spiritual past, especially by the courts. Listen to his words dated, February 4, 1982:

     "Sometimes it seams we've strayed . . . from our convictions that standards of right and wrong do exist and must be lived up to. God, the source of our knowledge, has been expelled from the classroom. He gives us His greatest blessing, life, and yet many would condone the taking of innocent life. We expect Him to protect us in crises, but turn away from Him too often in our day-to-day living. I wonder if He isn't waiting for us to wake up."

      However, where Reagan was concerned, he was already awake, and stated his spiritual goals for the nation in his "Goals for the Future" radio address, given from Camp David on August 25, 1984.

    "Our goal is to help revive America's traditional values; faith, family neighborhood, work, and freedom. Government has no business enforcing these values, but neither must it seek, as it did in the recent past, to suppress or replace them. That only robbed us of our tiller, and set us adrift.

    Helping to restore these values will bring new strength, direction, and dignity to our lives and to the life of our nation. It is on these values that we'll best build our future."

      My prayer is that we will return to the wisdom expressed in these lofty goals, set forth by President Ronald Reagan.

 

George H. W. Bush
Forty-first President of the United States

      George Herbert Walker Bush, like George Washington, seams to have been Providentially rescued from the arms of certain death. During the French and Indian War, George Washington had several horses shot out from under him and bullets penetrated his coat many times. Likewise, George Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross after flying fifty-eight missions and being shot down in the Pacific during World War II. The big difference was that with the preservation of George Bush’s life, not one, but two presidents were preserved. At his inaugurated, George Bush said:

       "My first act as president is a prayer. I ask you to bow your heads: Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank You for Your love. Accept our thanks for the peace that yields this day and the shared faith that makes its continuance likely. Make us strong to do Your work, willing to head and hear Your will, and write on our hearts these words: 'Use power to help people." For we know that we are given power, not to advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people. Help us to remember it Lord, Amen."  

      Largely as a result of the policies, which the Reagan-Bush administrations set into motion, America witnessed the end of the cold war, the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Concerning this, President Bush plainly gave God the credit by stating:

     "We asked for God's help; and now, in this shining outcome, in this magnificent triumph of good over evil, we should thank God."  

            It is also interesting to note that it was George Bush who dedicated the presidential Evergreen Chapel, which was constructed at Camp David during the Reagan-Bush administration. (See lesson three to learn more about this.)

 

George W. Bush
Forty-third President of the United States

       The presidency of George W. Bush has faced challenges that dwarf all but a limited number of those faced by other presidents. It appears that George Bush sensed this long before he ever became his party's nominee. On a nationally televised religious program sponsored by Evangelist James Robinson, presidential candidate George Bush said:

    "I feel like God wants me to run for president. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen. I know it won't be easy on my family, but God wants me to do it."
 

      Today, in light of all that has transpired since 9/11, these words now seem prophetic. George Bush, has, from the beginning, been very candid and unapologetic about his personal faith in Jesus Christ. For President Bush, his actions are a natural outflow of the inner workings of his faith. Explaining this he said:

    "Faith is the framework for living. It gives us the spirit and heart that affects everything we do. If gives us hope each day. Faith gives us purpose to right wrongs, to preserve our families, and to teach our children values. Faith gives us conscience to keep us honest, even when nobody is looking. And, faith can change lives; I know first hand, because faith changed mine."
 

      President Bush went on to describe how this personal life changing faith in Christ also affects his job as President.

    "My relationship with God through Christ has given me meaning and direction. My faith has made a big difference in my personal life, and my public life as well. I make personal decisions every day. Some are easy, and some aren't so easy. I have worries just like you do. And I pray. I pray for guidance. I pray for patience. I firmly believe in the power of intercessory prayer; and I know that I could not do my job without it."

      President Bush, correctly and unmistakably links liberty and the founding documents of our nation to the Creator of life. He said:

    "America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the inalienable right for life. This right to life cannot be granted nor denied by government, because it does not come from government, it comes from the Creator of life."

 

The Obvious Conclusion

       I apologize for not being able to quote every single president. I could have included Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer, or told how he had John Adams’ prayer inscribed on the State Dining Room mantle. I could have shared how George Bush Sr. asked Evangelist Billy Graham to spend the night in the White House before the beginning of the first Gulf war. And there are many more. My goal has been to present representative selections of presidential quotes from all parties and from all periods of American history. In weighing the overwhelming evidence of our national spiritual heritage, as represented by this compendium of presidential quotes, it must be concluded that our national heritage is based upon the Bible and upon our national faith in God. To deny this is to deny the weighty evidence with which, our presidents and others have so richly endowed us.
 

      While our Constitution guarantees the right to worship as one pleases, it does not ban religion from being part of our public, legislative or judicial life. On the contrary, our long history and the public expressions of our presidents clearly prove otherwise. This is why every single president of the United States took the oath of office upon the Holy Bible.

      I believe that the heritage presented here should be taught to our children in public schools, not to establish "a religion", but because these things are historical fact. When and if such lessons also become unconstitutional; when we can no longer even quote the utterances of our nation's presidents because they contain references to God and the Bible, then we will have truly renounced the faith of our fathers and become the unworthy heirs of the spiritual heritage they left to us. In the mean time, let us teach our children what our nation's presidents have said. And why not?  After all, it's our American heritage!