Prayer in Schools . . .

  • “Each day your members observe a 200-year-old tradition meant to signify America is one nation under God. I must ask: If you can begin your day with a member of the clergy standing right here leading you in prayer, then why can’t freedom to acknowledge God be enjoyed again by children in every school room across this land?” ~Ronald Reagan, State of the Union, January 25, 1984

A month later in a radio address, February 25, 1984, President Reagan stated:

  • “The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people from religion; that amendment was written to protect religion from government tyranny . . . But now we are told our children have no right to pray in school. Nonsense. The pendulum has swung too far toward intolerance against genuine religious freedom. It is time to redress the balance.

Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart noted

  • “[I]f religious exercises are held to be impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage . . . Refusal to permit religious exercises is seen not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism” ~Ronald Reagan, Febuary 25, 1984
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William Orville Douglas, Supreme Court Justice

William Orville Douglas died JANUARY 19, 1980. He was a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for 36 years, after having taught law at Yale and Columbia University. In the 1952 case of Zorach v. Clauson, Justice Douglas wrote:

“The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every and all respects there shall be a separation of Church and State . . . Otherwise, the state and religion would be aliens to each other- hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly . . .”

Justice Douglas continued:

“We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being . . . When the state encourages religious instruction . . . it follows the best of our traditions. For it then respects the religious nature of our people and accommodates the public service to their spiritual needs. To hold that it may not would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe.”

Justice William Douglas concluded:

“We find no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion…We cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion.”

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Daniel Webster

via: American Minute w/Bill Federer

One of the five greatest Senators in U.S. history, the State of New Hampshire placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. His career spanned almost four decades, serving as Secretary of State for Presidents William Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore.

His name was Daniel Webster, born JANUARY 18, 1782. From a New Hampshire farm, he attended Dartmouth College and became the highest paid attorney of his day. He fought the slave trade and negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which set the nation’s Northeast boundary. When South Carolina threatened nullification, he stated:

“Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!”

Addressing the New York Historical Society, 1852, Daniel Webster stated:

“If we and our posterity…live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments…we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country . . . But if we . . . neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

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Revolutionary War – Battle of Cowpens

via: American Minute w/Bill Federer

The Battle of Cowpens, JANUARY 17, 1781, depicted in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Patriot,” was where American General Daniel Morgan had a line of militia fire into British General Cornwallis’ and Colonel Tarleton’s dragoons, regulars, Highlanders and loyalists.

When the Americans retreated, the British pursued, only to be surprised by American Continentals waiting over the hill. In the confusion, the Americans killed 110 British and captured 830.

Cornwallis regrouped and chased the Americans, arriving at the Catawba River just two hours after the Americans had crossed, but a storm made the river impassable. He nearly overtook them as they were getting out of the Yadkin River, but rain flooded the river.

This happened again at the Dan River. British Commander Henry Clinton wrote:

“Here the royal army was again stopped by a sudden rise of the waters, which had only just fallen (almost miraculously) to let the enemy over.”

In March of 1781, General Washington wrote to William Gordon:

“We have . . . abundant reasons to thank Providence for its many favorable interpositions in our behalf. It has at times been my only dependence, for all other resources seemed to have failed us.”

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