Religion and the Founding of the
Congressional Fast Day Proclamation,
March 16, 1776
Washington's Prayer, Circular to the
chief executives of the states - June 11, 1783
"dispose us all, to do Justice, to
love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and
pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine
Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose
example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation."
Religion Indispensable to Republican
Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must nevertheless be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of free institutions. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief. I do not know whether all the Americans have a sincere faith in their religion; for who can search the human heart? but I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Inspirational Gallery Subject Gallery
Willowbrook Baptist Church (Huntsville, Alabama), photograph by © Eric Shindelbower
Note - The two United States Flags were hanging in Willowbrook Baptist Church in memory of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center & Pentagon Buildings.
Special Thanks to Willowbrook Baptist Church for allowing me to make this photograph. Visit the Willowbrook Baptist Church (Huntsville, Alabama) web site - http://www.willowbrook.org/
Congressional Fast Day Proclamation, Washington's Prayer & Religion Indispensable to Republican Government text courtesy of the Manuscript Division & Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress. Found under the Religion and the Founding of the American Republic Collections Exhibit in the Library of Congress web site. Used by permission of the Fair Use Provision of the Copyright Act. The Library of Congress - http://www.loc.gov/