Quotes and Realities
- In God We Trust
"My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride. When I am afraid, I will trust in you [God]. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?... For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling [for those who follow you], that I may walk before God in the light of life."
- Psalm 56:2-4, 13 (NIV)
- John Jay
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
- John Jay: Attorney, Diplomat, Jurist; member of the Continental Congress where he was President of Congress; helped write the New York State constitution; Chief Justice of New York Supreme Court; co-authored, along with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, the Federalist Papers - which were instrumental in securing the ratification of the federal Constitution; appointed first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President George Washington; Governor of New York; Vice-President and then President of the American Bible Society; member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Quoted from: Barton, David, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2010), 350: originally quoted from Jay, William, The Life of John Jay (New York: J. and J. Harper, 1833), Vol. II, 376, to John Murray, Jr., October 12 1816.
Have you ever read the Constitution and wondered “what were the Founders intentions behind this or that phrase?” The US Constitution in the Resources section contains online references to the Federalist Papers – an early work by three founding fathers on the intention of each section of the US Constitution. But, if you are looking for something more lively, you could turn to the records of the continental congress link in the Resources section, under Congressional Records, or Elliot's or Farrand's records of the debates, or read about the intentions in the more personalized correspondence, writings and letters of the founders.