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Our founders and religion

Studying historical documents, I learned some interesting details:

• The first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, declared: “Americans should select, and prefer, Christians as their rulers.”

• Patrick Henry, one of the Founding Fathers, said: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly, or too often, that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

• James Madison, the fourth president, made the following statement: 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 Ten Commandments of God.”

• Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law, would begin making law.

That is what’s happening now: abuse of power by some liberal judges who make rulings reflecting their personal views. They ruled against state legislatures, the Congress and the president in cases dealing with marriage laws and public morality.

How, then, is what we have done for 220 years now “unconstitutional”?

Richard Bowen

Lake of the Pines

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