Wednesday, June 16, 2010

President Truman on the Basis of the Bill of Rights (the Bible!)

I often quote from our original Founders or from very old historic documents of the colonies. This is because we might assume the people who alive when the country was founded or when our Constitution was debated have a good understanding of the Constitution. But how about a later public figure? Consider what President Truman thought:

President Harry S. Truman stated in his address to the Attorney General's Conference, February 1950: "The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days." Truman concluded: "If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except for the State."

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