James Madison said: “We have staked the future of all our political institutions not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked our political institutions on our capacity … to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Thomas Jefferson said: “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are a gift from God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
Benjamin Rush said: “By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings on all moral subjects … it is the only correct map of the human heart that has ever been published.”
Calvin Coolidge said: “The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions. The foundation of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
And Dwight D. Eisenhower said: “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. Thus the Founding Fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help it will continue to be.”
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With Thomas Jefferson I tremble for my nation when I reflect that God is just.
—James A. Hofmann