Religion and The Founding of the American Republic
by James H. Hutson
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic which documents the move away from leftist academians and monopoly church authoritarians, and supports First Amendment religious liberty, which is the exclusive choice of ordinary citizen shareholders.
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Rediscovering history that exposes entrenched misdirection so damaging to our families and nation is the focus of a grassroots re-education movement. To be worthy of taxpayer support, education must inform students about the beliefs and character of both the traditional non-sectarian “In God We Trust” and the atheistic worldview in the context of history.
Those of the secular left insist that students and adults must be willing to allow the presentation of ideas they do not like. That is half of the truth, and half-truths are the most deceiving. Secular militants must also be willing to allow the presentation of ideas they do not like. Secular militants who believe that their Darwinian ideology must be the only basis for the worldview to be taught can go establish and fund their own schools.
The purpose of the constitutional convention that convened May 14, 1787, was to prioritize the rules in law that would enable human dignity and freedom to reign. Although there were contentious debates about the use of words and priorities, the Founding Fathers began their deliberations with total agreement about five fundamentals that are evident from Scripture and history.
The original intent of the Constitution is rooted in these five agreements:
FIRST, the belief that man is a creation of God and a beneficiary of certain unalienable rights that are superior to secular claims, governments, and things material. This belief is outlined in the Declaration of Independence passed unanimously by Congress. The concept is an indivisible whole, and any compromise destroys its functionality.
SECOND, man’s sin nature. A premier lesson of history is the dumbing down and exploitation of society that occurred in the name of virtue during the Middle Ages. The devious nature of man overshadowed the concerns of the delegates to the constitutional convention.
THIRD, men will either be ruled by the benevolent law of God or they will be ruled by tyrants. To experience human dignity and freedom man must police his selfish impulses from within. The new Constitution was written to encourage competition between the moral religions (not favoring one denomination over others) by assuring their freedom to promote civil decency and seek adherents.
THE FOURTH agreement, government, like fire, must be resolutely and firmly limited lest it consume everything around it. Tenuring the clergy and educators in Medieval Europe is an example of the failure to contain government. Holders of government-established tenure possess the power of government to leverage their agenda over the people. The Constitution even prohibits government grants of nobility, Article I, Section 9. The Supreme Court’s role is settling disputes TOTALLY APART from any PERSONAL PREFERENCES, lest they become lawmakers or administrators beyond the reach of voters. Federal judges have tenure for that VERY limited purpose. Regardless of the intent, be it for religious reasons, educational, political, fair labor practices or the supply of goods and services, government establishment of tenure ALWAYS attracts and empowers evil people.
THE FIFTH agreement shared by the Founding Fathers, although human equality and freedom are essential, freedom for the suppliers of religion, education, etc. to compete with the best they have to offer must be the first priority or neither human equality nor liberty will reign.
Honest portrayal of America’s foundations provided by Religion and the Founding of the American Republic provides the awareness needed for understanding what it is that has gone so terribly wrong in America. The book exposes the false claim that success comes from submission to secular authoritarians rather than the benevolent God of creation emphasized by the American Declaration of July 4, 1776. History brings into focus the assault upon our traditions and the need for targeted citizen political action.
How in the world did less than ten percent of the teachers (leftists) in the soft sciences (courses premised on the origin and purpose of life) become empowered to control what is taught in our lower level public schools?
Chief among the strategies employed to manipulate the thinking of America’s youth and bringing our nation down is the leverage provided by special legislation for teachers’ unions. Exposing how less than ten percent of the teachers in the soft sciences manage to control the life-view taught in public schools is one of the two most important things that grassroots re-education can accomplish. There are teacher tenure laws in virtually every state.
Read the teacher employment contract used by union bosses when negotiating with school administrators.
Do not be surprised to find a paragraph in the contract that makes it a crime for school administrators to provide a negative report of any kind about a teacher to a third party. Liberal judges and teachers reject pornography as a crime because they say it cannot be defined. Parent taxpayers and concerned administrators can define pornography, but they cannot fire tenured radicals. This is a political problem that calls for determined citizen political action. Legislators who do not fear the concerns of citizens more than they fear the political recrimination by union bosses must be replaced. All that is needed is WELL INFORMED God- and family-honoring warriors who will be motivated to flex their political muscle when it comes time to elect the representatives who make our laws.
The demand for tenure rights enforceable by law comes right out of the old European secular philosophy championed by God-rejecting European philosophers. The American definition of secular is different. The American meaning of secular provides for the description of operations of government or other activities while at the same time trusting God and honoring the connection between benevolent law and beneficial outcomes.
The Supreme Court decision in Everson v. Board of Education, imposed upon inferior courts since 1947, is perhaps the most harmful decision of the Court since the Dred Scott decision of 1857. The decision had the effect of leveraging an industry of highly paid attorneys who are themselves graduates of law schools engulfed by old European secular philosophy. What they are gradually accomplishing is reminiscent of the Dark Ages. Thomas Jefferson, whose beliefs were totally misrepresented by the Court in support of their decision, was an adamant objector to any such tyranny over the mind of man. The change in America since Everson v. Board of Education has been a colossal increase in family breakdown, abortion, sodomy, use of addictive drugs, and burgeoning needs for hospital space, prisons, etc.
Stare decisis is legal jargon for an everyday practice that we all follow. Stare decisis simply says that once a decision is implemented, it should be supported for a considerable period of time to see if, in fact, it is helping or, at a minimum, not doing harm. The effect of the Everson v. Board of Education has been to twist the meaning of the Bill of Rights and allow the law to prevent transmission of the values upon which human dignity and civil liberty depend. Reversing Everson v. Board of Education is long overdue.
When people humbly perform their duty, God accomplishes things that they are unable to accomplish (II Chronicles 7:14).
“By His knowledge the depths are broken up … Be not afraid … For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Proverbs 3:20, 25, 26
David A. Norris
Heartland Foundation, Inc.
“If not the [Christians] …, whose job is it to touch the hearts of those who are not already involved? Pardon me if this sounds familiar, but: If not us, who? If not now, when?”
Remarks by President Ronald Reagan, Private Sector Initiatives at a White House Luncheon for National Religious Leaders, April 13, 1982.
Depending on your internet connection, it might take up to 5 minutes to download the following documents.
- Introduction to the book (1 MB)
- Chapter 1: America as a Religious Refuge (3 MB)
- Chapter 2: Religion in Eighteenth-Century America (3MB)
- Chapter 3: Religion & the American Revolution (3 MB)
- Chapter 4: Religion & the Congress of the Confederation, 1774-89 (1 MB)
- Chapter 5: Religion & the State Governments (3 MB)
- Chapter 6: Religion & the Federal Government (3 MB)
- Chapter 7: Religion & the New Republic (3 MB)
- Notes & Bibliography (.5 MB)
- Chapter 6, p. 84: the United States Capitol building was used for church services for over 50 years.
- Chapter 6, p. 85: copy of the letter Thomas Jefferson sent to the Danbury Baptists.
- Chapter 6, p. 76: some have called this concluding paragraph Washington’s Prayer.
- Chapter 5, p. 62: necessity of “The Christian [type] system of behavioral incentives …”
- Chapter 4, pp. 56–58: Congress recommended the Bible to the people of the United States “… as long as it acted in a nonsectarian way …”
- Chapter 3, p. 48: John Adams describes the worship service in Carpenter’s Hall; the first prayer in Congress is pictured.
- Chapter 2, p. 28: The death of George Whitefield “… made a deep impression on Americans from of all walks of life.”
- Chapter 1, p. 16: William Penn looking over [Cecil] Calvert’s shoulder.
- PREFACE: Tocqueville, “… religion … was making democracy work in a large country.”
- Valuable Resource Material, pp. 115–136.