I know. Leftists will say about George Washington: “What do you expect from a patriarchal white male?” For years secularists and atheists have dismissed the Constitution as a secular document because it doesn’t specifically mention God like the Articles of Confederation (“the Great Governor of the World”) and the state Constitutions.
In fact, even today the state Constitutions mention God, Providence, Creator, and most often “Almighty God.”
It’s unfortunate that there is not a specific reference of God in the Constitution. The reasoning was that the topic of religion should be left to the states. That’s why the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The Ninth and Tenth Amendments also protected the states from the encroachment by the Federal Government regarding religion.
The Constitution does not allow a religious test for holding office at the Federal level. It’s ironic that Democrats have no problem applying a religious test to judges who have been appointed by Pres. Trump.
When [Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and mother of seven] was nominated to the 7th Circuit, Democrats subjected her to an obnoxious grilling. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Barrett gave the Democratic side “this very uncomfortable feeling.”
Religion, Feinstein fumed, has “its own dogma.” To Barrett, she said: “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”
“Did Dianne Feinstein accuse a judicial nominee of being too Christian?” asked a Washington Post headline. So bald was Feinstein’s bias that Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber and Sen. Orrin Hatch warned that the senator was violating the most emphatic sentence in the entire US Constitution.
“No religious test,” that sentence says, “shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” (NY Post)
There are indicators in the Constitution that the framers did not throw off religion. Sunday is set aside as a day of rest for the President (Art. I, sec. 7) and uses the phrase “in the Year of Our Lord,” as did the Articles Confederation. In fact, each of the thirteen colonies had Sunday exception laws.
Some argue that the “Sunday excepted” provision was aligned with the states because of travel restrictions. If this was the case, then why not give the President 12 days to decide to sign or “veto” a bill without ever mentioning Sunday? The Post Office operates six days a week but not on Sunday.
There’s also the mention of “two witnesses” (Art. III, sec. 3), a biblical requirement (Deut. 19:15; 2 Cor. 13:1).
It’s obvious that the framers were operating within a context of a biblical worldview even though they did not directly acknowledge that fact. We know that while not every constitutional participant was a Christian, they were all theists.
The Declaration of Independence is referenced in the Constitution and includes the following:
- “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” (Some will argue that this is a reference to a deistic “Watchmaker God,” but see numbers 3 and 4).
- “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
- “We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
- “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
This brings us to George Washington.
A letter that Washington wrote to Richard Peters, speaker of the Pennsylvania House, is signed Sept. 7, 1788, a year after the drafting on the Constitution has come up for auction. Washington makes the following statement:
It would seem from the public Gazettes that the Minority in your State are preparing for another attack of the – now – adopted Government; how formidable it may be; I know not. But that Providence which has hitherto smiled on the honest endeavors of the well meaning part of the People of this Country will not, I trust, withdraw its support from them at this crisis.
This is a far cry from the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the aftermath of the French Revolution regarding religion:
Robespierre’s Reign of Terror resulted in over 40,000 being beheaded in Paris and over 300,000 massacred in the Vendée, a rural, very religious, Catholic area of northwest France. During this time:
■ churches were closed, or turned into “temples of reason”
■ crosses were forbidden
■ religious monuments were destroyed
■ graves were desecrated, including Ste. Genevieve’s, who had called Paris to pray to avert an attack of Attila the Hun in 451 A.D.
■ public and private worship and religious education were outlawed
There was an intentional campaign to de-Christianize French society, replacing it with a civic religion of state worship. Robespierre placed a prostitute in Notre Dame Cathedral, clothed her with a sheet, and called her “the goddess of reason.”
Not wanting a constitution “Done in the Year of the Lord” – as America’s was – they made 1792 the new “Year One.” Not wanting a seven-day week with a Sabbath day rest, they came up with a ten-day “decade” week. Each day was made up of ten decimal hours, each hour made up of one hundred decimal minutes, and each minute was made up of one hundred decimal seconds. (Bill Federer/WND)
Washington began his first Thanksgiving Proclamation (1789) with these words: “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” Given how the Democrats attack Christian judges, Washington would not pass Senate muster.
He then went on to state that he was called upon by “both Houses of Congress ‘to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’”
There’s a lesson for today.
On the eve of the French Revolution, the first U.S. Minister to France, Gouverneur Morris, wrote April 29, 1789: “The materials for a revolution in France are very indifferent. … There is an utter prostration of morals … depravity … extreme rottenness of every member. … The great masses of the common people have no religion … no law but their superiors, no morals but their interest. … In the high road a la Liberte … the first use they make of it is to form insurrections everywhere.” (Bill Federer/WND)