America's Christian Heritage
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commit to 5 minutes prayer on their knees
on 4th of July
Jul. 2, 2010 - The Family Research Council and other organizations have issued a "Call 2 Fall" on Sunday, the 4th of July. Here is a portion of the information provided on their site:
Q - Why a Call 2 Fall?
A - First, the Scriptures teach it. The key verse is 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The first requirement on the path to renewal is to "humble ourselves," to fall on our knees and faces before the Lord in repentant prayer. Over and over the Scriptures teach this.
Second, our history records it. Our founding fathers sensed the need for a "Call 2 Fall" in view of the monumental struggle we were engaged in with Britain. The First Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on July 20th, 1775 just after war broke out. James Warren wrote Samuel Adams:
Three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven, is a striking circumstance, and a very singular one in America . May the blessings of Heaven follow in answer to our prayers...
- Source: Family Research Council
Atheists Assail Bill Recognizing America's Religious History
Feb. 1, 2008 - House Resolution 888 acknowledges "rich spiritual and religious history."
Prominent American athiests are opposed to the bill because they say there are 25 million Americans who do not believe in the Christian faith.
- It calls religious principles and foundations "critical underpinnings" of America's institutions, condemns attempts to remove religion from U.S. history, and designates the first week in May as "American Religious History Week."
- Text of HR 888 - A five-page document filled with historical facts and quotations about America's Christian heritage!
House Approves Act Protecting Religious Expression
Sept. 29, 2006 - The House of Representatives has passed a bill that will make it easier for defenders of public displays of religious history to go forward with their cases without fear of "crippling judgments" for attorney's fees.
- The Public Expressions of Religion Act (PERA) (H.R. 2679) would deny the awarding of attorney's fees or monetary damages to a party that wins an Establishment Clause court case -- that is, one based on the so-called "separation of church and state."
- Source: Crosswalk
Appeals court rules ‘In God We Trust’ constitutional
May 17, 2005 - The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is legal to put the national motto, “In God We Trust,” on a new government building in Lexington, N.C. They said that it does not violate the First Amendment prohibition on government establishment of religion.
- The Lemon test, which was outlined in the Supreme Court’s 1971 Lemon v. Kurtzman decision, says government does not establish religion if its action has a secular purpose, does not promote or inhibit religion and does not entangle government excessively with religion.
- Source:BP News
Who in the world is George Washington?
Feb. 21, 2005 - James Rees, executive director of Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home, complains that students are being taught very little about American History, and may not even know who George Washington was. Some states have removed the requirement to include information about Washington from their standards.
- Rees commented, “It's impossible to overstate how much George Washington's character and leadership formed this country and enabled it to stay the course, to become the great country we are today.”
Washington, D.C.: Remembering our Christian Heritage
July 2, 2004 - Here are just a few of the numerous references to God and quotations from the Bible:
- Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol - Four paintings: two prayer meetings, a Bible study and a baptism
- References to God at the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Archives, Senate and House office buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Library of Congress
- Library of Congress - a bronze statue of Moses holding The Ten Commandments, plus other Biblical paintings and quotations, such as:"The heavens declare the glory of God."
- The National Archives - Bronze medallion with The Ten Commandments on it
- Senate and House office buildings - plaque that says "In God we trust"
- U.S. Supreme Court - The Ten Commandments above the judge's courtroom bench
White House urges 'joyous' but vigilant Fourth
- July 4, 2002 - Security will be high over key U.S. cities and large gatherings of people, but the nation will celebrate its freedom as usual, or even with greater gusto on this first 4th of July since the 9-11 attack. President Bush said,
The President himself will help lead a parade in West Virginia and then return to the White House to watch the capital's traditional fireworks display.
- "People should be joyous in their celebration and celebrate the fact that we are fortunate enough to be Americans."
Should Christians be Patriotic?
- July 4, 2002 - "Patriotism" comes from the same root word as 'pater,' which means father. Since our founding fathers had high, Biblical ideals, it is good to remember our roots and the faith of our predecessors.
- Source:Religion News (Story no longer online)
In pictures: US celebrates independence
- July 5, 2001 - Pictures of some of the events on our 225th Anniversary.
- Source: BBC
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