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Faith & Freedom, a Bipartisan Heritage


In case you missed it when I mentioned it on Friday, the Knights of Columbus have a good, timely reminder:




Thomas Jefferson (Notes on the State of Virginia, 1785, abbreviated from Jefferson Memorial) said: “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are of the gift of God?” 

Franklin D. Roosevelt (State of the Union, Jan. 6, 1941) said“This nation has placed its destiny in the hands … of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God.”

George Washington (Farewell Address, Sept. 19, 1796) said: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

Ronald Reagan (“Evil Empire” Speech, March 8, 1983) said: “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863) said: “This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

John F. Kennedy (Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961) said: “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”

Head Knight Carl Anderson (who wrote this piece on the HHS mandate) wrote in the release: “The idea that our rights come from God and that religion has a role to play in our nation’s public life is not partisan or sectarian, it is quintessentially American. This Presidents Day is an excellent opportunity to remind Americans that God is – and has always been – foundational to this country and to our system of ordered liberty.”


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