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A debate rages in today's culture, a debate about our country's past that will dramatically shape its future: Was America founded as a Christian nation? Secularists are determined to banish this concept and rewrite our history in their image. Sadly, many Christians are not equipped to defend their heritage of liberty. The statement that America is a Christian nation has been inscribed into law by the United States Supreme Court and has been echoed by presidents and governors for more than two centuries. An honest study of America's past will show that a majority of Americans shared a common religion and ethic. America's earliest founders were self-professing Christians and their founding documents expressed a belief in Christianity.
The freedom and liberty that all Americans cherish are rooted in a biblical moral order. But today these values are threatened by modern-day secularism and the normless ideals of "multiculturalism" and "pluralism." The historical record is available for all to see. America's Christian history is a fact. It is not honest to redefine history or tamper with the historical record so that people of differing opinions will not be offended. It was America's moral choice that made this nation the envy of the world and the haven of the oppressed. This debate is no mere intellectual exercise. The faithfulness of Americans to retain our Christian foundations will determine the stability and the survival of our nation.
In 1892, the Supreme Court of the United States declared, "This is a Christian nation."
During the War for Independence, Congress resolved to import 20,000 volumes of the Bible because "the use of the Bible is so universal, and its importance so great."
The New England Confederation stated that the purpose of the colonies was "to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the gospel in purity with peace."
Harvard University required that each student believe that "the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life."
John Adams wrote, "The Christian religion is . . . the Religion of Wisdom, Virtue, Equity, and humanity."
Engraved on the metal cap on top of the Washington Monument are the words "Praise be to God."
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