After the British
usurpation was thwarted, the colonies devised a Constitution. After seeking
the Lord through prayer and fasting throughout the ordeal, they took a
deep breath and tried to go it alone for once. They made no progress and
were in a state of confused disarray when Benjamin Franklin, who is one
of those most denigrated as an agnostic by hysterical, historical revisionists,
“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. -Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel:...I therefore beg leave to move - that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.”
Convicted throughly, the first step of the Continental Congress was to mix religion and politics, and to hire a preacher!
The stated purpose was to “secure blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. The obvious implication is that blessings come from God. Also the mention of “posterity”, shows that unalienable rights are indeed extended to unborn infants.
is the fact that for governmental business activities, “Sundays (were)
accepted”. Why would this be if not an indication of the Christian
tenor of the nation? Additionally, it concludes with, “In the year
of our Lord...”. A certain reference to their Christian outlook,
their very calendar (and ours) is based on Jesus Christ.
“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”.
Again, keep in mind how the men who wrote the Constitution used the word “religion”. Instead of having the Supreme Court unconstitutionally “interpret” what they think this means, we can ask the men who wrote it. Patrick Henry was one of the three men most responsible for this amendment. So Patrick, just what did you mean by that?