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Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the
Bible for their only law book,
and every member should
regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every
member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality,
and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow
men; and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God..
What a Utopia, what a Paradise would this region be.
(John Adams)

Alexis De Tocqueville a famous French statesman Traveled
to America in the 1830’s to discover the reasons for the
incredible success of this new nation.

I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America
in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her
rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system
and institutions of learning. I sought it in her democratic Congress
and in her matchless Constitution.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her
pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her
genius and power.

America is great because America is good, and
if America ever
ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best
of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.

Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of
so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make
them conceive the one without the other.

Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts-the
cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.
(Alexis De Toqueville)

The moral principles and precepts contained in the
Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil
constitutions and laws.
All the miseries and evils which men
suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery,
and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts
contained in the Bible.
(Noah Webster)

If the power of the Gospel is not felt through the length and
breadth of
the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and
misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or
(Daniel Webster)

To Americans America is something more than a promise and an
It has a past and tradition of its own. A descent
from men who sacrificed everything and came hither, not to better
their fortunes, but to plant their idea in virgin soil, should be a
good pedigree.
There was never a colony save this that went
forth, not to seek gold, but God.
(James Russell Lowell)

A trip to France will make you adore your own country, it’s soil, it’s
climate, it’s equality, liberty, laws, people and manners. My God!
How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings
they are in possession of, and which no other people on
earth enjoy.
The whole art of government consists in the art of
being honest.
(Thomas Jefferson)

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and
lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed
(Abraham Lincoln)

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of
It can only exist until the voters discover that they
can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time
on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the
most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that
democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy,
always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the
world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations
have progressed through this sequence: from
bondage to
spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage; from
courage to
liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance
selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from
complacency to
apathy; from apathy to dependency; from
dependency back again to bondage.
(Sir Alex Fraser Tytler) (1742-1813) Scottish jurist and historian

It must be felt that there is no national security but in the
nation's humble acknowledged dependence upon God
His overruling providence.
(John Adams)

It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible reading
The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of
human freedom."
(Horace Greeley)

It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men's lives
be based on the principles of the Bible.
No man, educated or
uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.
(Theodore Roosevelt)

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember
that virtue is not
(Thomas Paine)

The future of our country depends upon the Christian training
of our youth.
(George Washington)

So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my
children begin to read it,
the more confident will be my hope
that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable
members of society.  
(John Quincy Adams)

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good
(Daniel Webster)

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little
temporary safety
deserve neither liberty or safety.
(Benjamin Franklin)

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom It
is the argument of tyrants
; it is the creed of slaves.
(William Pitt)

Liberty has never come from the government; it has always come
from the subjects of it.
The history of liberty is a history of
limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
(Woodrow Wilson)

The high office of President has been used to foment a plot
to destroy the Americans freedom,
and before I leave office I
must inform the citizen of his plight.
(John Fitzgerald Kennedy) (Columbia University, 10 days before
his assassination)
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Now I sit me down in school where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd. If

Scripture now the class recites, it violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a
freedom scene. The law is specific, the law is precise.
spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
might offend someone with no faith at all. In silence alone
we must meditate,  God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our
noses, tongues and cheeks. They've outlawed guns,
the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the 'unwed daddy,'
our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls, Study witchcraft,
vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not
no word of God must reach this crowd. It's scary
here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul
please take! Amen
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Compiled by H. Witmyer
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