Saturday, October 11, 2008

John Quincy Adams on the Ten Commandments

President Adams (our 6th president) said the following about the importance of the Ten Commandments to American law and government:

The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes . . . of universal application-laws essential to the existence of men in society, and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws.

John Quincy Adams, Letters of John Quincy Adams, to His Son, on the Bible and Its Teachings (Auburn: James M. Alden, 1850), p. 61.

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