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Our Nationís morality and freedom, albeit need, of religion
Lee Walton

From time to time we should each endeavor to better understand the principles and intellect that guided the founding fathers of our nation as they struggled to create a government that marked the beginning of American democracy. The assembled delegates at the 1787 convention in Philadelphia did far more than make the first formally written constitution; they successfully preformed the awesome task of forging a new nation. These were remarkable men of timeless vision, wisdom and courage, but, arguably, their greatest shared asset was a profound sense of Judeo-Christian morality.

In the turmoil and confusion of the current political debates that will culminate in the election of a new President this fall, we should not forget the core beliefs and principals of the many previous leaders who successfully guided this nation through over two centuries of challenge, both domestic and foreign. Fortunately, the thoughts of these great men remain to guide us as we prepare to cast our ballots in November. Of the thousands from which to choose, one particular maxim offers both a warning and words of guidance as we judge the content of the character of those who wish to lead our nation and the free world for the next four years.

Ölet us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of particular structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principle.

President George Washington
Farewell address, September 19, 1796

On first reading, itís often difficult to grasp the unambiguous intent of such seemingly archaic statements, but the extra effort required to understand such timeless wisdom is worthy of the reward. With national politics now dominated by secular progressives proclaiming bold new visions for the future governance of our nation, itís reassuring to grasp the enduring character and deeply religious principles professed by those who have led our nation this far.

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