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American Christian Heritage - Benjamin Franklin helped write Pennsylvania's 1776 Constitution, which stated in Frame of Government, Chapter 2, Section 10: "Each member of the legislature, before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration: 'I do believe in one God, the Creator and Governour of the Universe, the Rewarder of the good and Punisher of the wicked, and I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration.'"


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Reaffirmation of the United States of America as a Christian nation.

Here is an amazing American Christian History event. It was the year 1982 and Democrats controlled Congress. It was also the year that the 97th Congress passed a Joint Resolution ([S.J.Res. 165] 96 Stat. 1211 Public Law 97-280 - October 4, 1982). Joint Resolution authorizing and requesting the President to proclaim 1983 as the “Year of the Bible.”

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U.S. Constitution was not written to separate Christianity from the state.

Judge Joseph StoryThe fact that the United States is a Christian nation, founded on Christian principals, has been assailed by secularists for years. Yet, the facts of our nation's Christian roots remain unchanged. It has continually been reconfirmed over the years that our foundation and roots are Christian. A Supreme Court Judge wrote, "Thus, the whole power over the subject of religion was left exclusively to the State governments, to be acted on according to their own sense of justice, and the State Constitutions." [1]

Joseph Story was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from November 18, 1811 to September 10, 1845. He was the youngest (32 tears old) person to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court. He previously served the Massachusetts House of Representatives and then was elected to the United States Congress. He also became the first Dane Professor of Law at Harvard University during his tenure as a Supreme Court Judge.

Read more about the views of Supreme Court Judge Joseph Story regarding your American Christian heritage...

Sources: [1] Joseph Story, Commentary on the Constitution of the United States (Boston, MA: Hilliard, Gray, and Co., 1833), 702-703; [2] Joseph Story, A Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States (Lake Bluff, IL: Regnery Gateway, [1859] 1986), 316.


Pledge of Allegiance Recognized by Congress

Dwight D. EisenhowerRev. Dr. George Docherty (left) and President Eisenhower (second from left) on the morning of February 7, 1954 at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church; the morning that Eisenhower was persuaded by Docherty that the Pledge of Allegiance must be amended to include the words, "under God."
Did you know there have been five official versions of the United States Pledge Allegiance since its inception in 1892? Each progressive version had changes made in the language. The original 1892 version read as follows; "I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all." The first immediate change was adding the word 'to' "the republic..." followed in 1923 by adding 'the' to the word flag followed by 'of the United States'. One year later 'of America' was added and in 1954 'under God' was added.

Read the full story of how Rev. Docherty effected the course of American Christian history...

Sources: Today in History at, Pledge of Allegiance December 28, 2009; United States Encyclopedia; Wikipedia


George Washington's Presidential Proclamation and Prayer

American Christian Heritage - George WashingtonNewly elected as first President of the United States, George Washington devoted over half of his Inaugural speech to proclaiming God's hand on the foundation of the new republic and openly prayed for God's continued favor on our nation. Here is an excerpt from this great American Christian history moment, being the second paragraph and closing comments of his address.

"Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, 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, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow- citizens at large less than either. 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.

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, U.S. Government Archives


SUNDAY SERVICES at the U.S. CAPITOL American Christian Heritage - Thomas Jefferson
President Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in establishing weekly Sunday worship services at the U. S. Capitol (a practice that continued through the 19th century) and was himself a regular and faithful attendant at those church services, not even allowing inclement weather to dissuade his weekly horseback travel to the Capitol church. Why was Jefferson a faithful attendant at the Sunday church at the Capitol? He once explained to a friend while they were walking to church together: "No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example." President Jefferson even closed presidential documents with “In the year of our Lord Christ”

Sources: (1) February 18, 1801, available in the Maryland Diocesan Archives; The First Forty Years of Washington Society, Galliard Hunt, editor (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1906), p. 13; (2) Life, Journal, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler (Cincinnati: Colin Robert Clarke & Co., 1888), Vol. II, p. 119, in a letter to Dr. Joseph Torrey on January 3, 1803; see also his entry of December 26, 1802 (Vol. II, p. 114).


American Christian Heritage - William Bradford Many today do not know that the Pilgrims initially faced continuous famine of their own making. In his history of the colony, the Pilgrims' long-time governor William Bradford described the crisis and the eventual solution. The colony initially practiced a form of socialized agriculture in the belief that it put them all "on an equality throughout." But, this didn't produce enough food, so the Pilgrims decided to allow "each man to plant corn for his own household." Bradford wrote: This was very successful. It made all hands very industrious, so that much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been...The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to plant corn, while before they would allege weakness and inability; and to have compelled them would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

The Pilgrim leaders chose to fundamentally change direction rather than rely on the collective (Socialism) to meet their needs.

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