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Vail Daily letter: Christian nation

Jim Taylor
Vail, CO, Colorado

Woodrow Wilson stated: “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, or what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.”

In Runkel vs. Winemiller, 1799, the Supreme Court of Maryland, said this: “Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depends in great measure, and the peace and good order of government the safety and happiness of the people. By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”

The morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of other religions. In people whose manners are refined, and whose morals have been elevated and inspired with a more enlarged benevolence, it is by means of the Christian religion.

Supreme Court of New York, 1811 People vs. Ruggles.

In 1844 in Philadelphia, a school took an unprecedented position: It would teach its students morality, but not Christianity. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it could not do so – the Bible and Christianity must be included. Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament … be read and taught as a divine revelation in the school, its general precepts expounded and its glorious principles of morality inculcated? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?

Vidal vs Girards’ Executors, 1844

In 1846, in Charleston, S.C., a Jewish glove maker wanted to sell his goods on Sunday when all businesses were shut down due to it being Sunday. He claimed his 1st Amendment rights should allow him to. The Supreme Court of South Carolina said: “The Lord’s day, the day of the resurrection, is to us, who are called Christians, the day of rest after finishing a new creation. It is the day of the first visible triumph over death, hell and the grave! It was the birthday of the believer in Christ, to whom and through whom it opened up the way which, by repentance and faith, leads unto everlasting life and eternal happiness! On that day we rest, and to us it is the Sabbath of the Lord – its decent observance, in a Christian community, is that which ought to be expected.”

In Reynolds vs United States 1878, the Mormons claimed that the 1st Amendment’s “free exercise of religion” promise and the “separation of church and state” principle should keep the U.S. government from making laws prohibiting their “religious” exercise of polygamy.

The court said, “The separation of church and state pertained to denominational differences, not to basic Christian principles.” Therefore, and on that basis, the court ruled that the Mormon practice of polygamy and bigamy was a violation of the Constitution because it was a violation of basic Christian principles.

In Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court stated: “The morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity and not upon the doctrines or worship of other religions. This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation … these are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people … these and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”

Jim Taylor


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