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Christianity: The Foundation of Independence?
July 3, 2010 - Rod Gragg has written a book to show that America wasn't just shaped by faith on the fringes, but that it was absolutely saturated in Christianity.
Settlers at the first two colonies, Plymouth and Jamestown, were immersed in Christian belief.
- In his book, Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation, Gragg points out that America had the good fortune to be settled by Englishmen at a time when their homeland was exploding with religious fervor from the Reformation.
The Great Awakening was responsible for shaping the thinking of the American people. Pastors encouraged political leaders to incorporate biblical principles in our founding documents.
- Source: CBN
- Pastors as props - Dave Welch - WorldNetDaily
431,532 people [and
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
"America's Spiritual Heritage Week"
A proposed law (H.R. 397) would designate the first week in May as "America's Spiritual Heritage Week." The text of this resolution provides an incredible review of the Christian beliefs of our Founding Fathers and the bold expression of their faith in words and in deeds. It also traces the continuation of this rich spiritual history to the present time.
- Text of H.R. 397 - Thomas Register
- Chuck Norris on America: Graduating from God? Part 1 - WorldNetDaily
- Chuck Norris on America: Graduating from God? Part 2 - WorldNetDaily
Legal Skirmish Colors National Day of Prayer
Apr. 24, 2010 - The Freedom from Religion Foundation won a temporary court decision when
Judge Barbara Crabb of Madison, Wisconsin issued her April 15 ruling that a National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. However, millions of Americans disagree, and now the Justice Department said it will appeal the decision.
- Source: Crosswalk
- Obama will still issue National Day of Prayer proclamation - USA Today
- Obama will appeal Day of Prayer ruling - Boston Globe
Teacher wins major victory for God in school
Mar. 3, 2010 - For 17 years a San Diego high school teacher had banners hanging in his classrom with phrases like "In God We Trust" and "All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Endowed by Their Creator." In 2007 the principal of Westview High School ordered Bradley Johnson to take the banners down. Johnson then filed a lawsuit alleging the order a violation of his constitutional rights.
Now U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez has ruled in favor of Johnson. He wrote:
- That God places prominently in our nation's history does not create an Establishment Clause violation... It is a matter of historical fact that our institutions and government actors have in past and present times given place to a supreme God.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
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