Spiritual Quotes Of Our Nation's Presidents
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
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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
"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
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
"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
To this we say, "Amen"!
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 mostcertainly, 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
"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.
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
"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
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."
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
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
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?
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
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
"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
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
"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
Unfortunately, our generation is now seeing the result of a
generation where Biblical morality has been nationally purged.
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
"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."
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
"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)
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.
"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:
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
The only man to be elected president
for four consecutive terms could not have put it any more eloquently
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
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
"We asked for God's help; and now, in this shining outcome, in
this magnificent triumph of good over evil, we should thank God."
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
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!