They recognized that the several states did not share uniform values. The framers were a diverse bunch with wildly divergent opinions on many issues, but eliminating the very foundations of America’s heritage would have horrified them. Where the French Revolution and its official policy of “De-Christianization” quickly devolved into bloodshed and oppression, here freedom flourished.
Our independence was seen as the culmination of a march toward liberty, not a rejection of America’s historical cultural moorings.
Our nation was predicated on unalienable rights with governance through family, church and community, each rightfully sovereign within its sphere.
Human dignity, legal equality and personal freedom reflect biblical values imparted on Western Civilization, which retains these values in secular form while expunging their Author from public discourse.
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson championed their cause. The imagery in many federal buildings remains unmistakably biblical.
The preamble in Act Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia (1786), affirms that “the Author of our Religion gave us our ‘free will.’” And that He “chose not to propagate it by coercions.” This legislation certainly did not diminish religious influence on government for it also provided stiff penalties for conducting business on the Sabbath. The day after the First Amendment’s passage, Congress proclaimed a national day of prayer and thanksgiving.Religious animosity tears society asunder, particularly when church is affixed to government.With freedom of conscience assured, conflict becomes less likely. divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to cooperate for their common good.” Thus the Constitution decreed that Washington had no occasion or authority to interject itself into matters as obviously local as doctrines of faith.State controlled churches frequently exploited this latent power for evil.The Spanish Inquisition didn’t originate in the Vatican, but the Castilian court. By Philip II, Spain had the makings of the first police state infused with the ill-gotten moral authority of a tyrannical clergy.None would have wished to upend the very basis for education, law or culture.The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 states: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Americans understood freedom without morality quickly devolves into debauchery.Few Americans would have tolerated a coercive central government infringing on their rights to post religious symbols on local schools, courts or anywhere else. Few would have willingly been dispossessed by Washington of the very freedoms which they had just secured from London.Here men could and did rise as their efforts merited.Our forbears embraced tradition and left local autonomy largely intact.Schools, courts and the public square were often overtly Christian and had been since their colonial beginnings. The colonies instituted local self-government indigenously to confirm the rights resident in their persons and property.