Monday, November 10, 2008

Calvin Coolidge: Reverence for God is Patriotic?

There are many quotes on this blog of historic people talking about faith issues. This in itself would not be especially important to the main focus of the blog, but for the most part I have used quotes that focus on the relationship between government and the faith of the citizens, or perhaps between government's origins and religious principles. Such quotes speak to my point that today's understanding of the First Amendment, especially where it tends to shy from any religious concepts, is not based on requirements of the Constitution or on the Founders' intents. Most of the quotes are taken from those who were around during the origins of the United States of America, especially those who were directly involved. But I also try to show more modern figures' thoughts, such as the statement below.

On September 21, 1924, President Coolidge spoke before the Holy Name Society. He said:

It seems to me perfectly plain that the authority of law, the right to equality, liberty and property, under American institutions, have for their foundation reverence for God. If we could imagine that to be swept away, these institutions of our American government could not long survive. But that reverence will not fail. It will abide. Unnumbered organizations of which your own is one exist for its promotion. In the inevitable longing of the human soul to do right is the secure guarantee of our American institutions. By maintaining a society to promote reverence for the Holy Name you are performing both a pious and a patriotic service.


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