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The Words ‘Under God’ Are Added to the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America

Louis Albert Bowman, an attorney from Illinois, was the first to initiate the addition of "under God" to the pledge. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him an Award of Merit as the originator of this idea. He spent his adult life in the Chicago area and was chaplain of [...]

By | 2017-09-30T17:51:12+00:00 June 14th, 1954|America's Christian Heritage, Politics, Propaganda|0 Comments

The Pledge of Allegiance is Born when a Boston Magazine Published the Words for Youth to Repeat on Columbus Day

The Boston based "The Youth's Companion" magazine published a few words for students to repeat on Columbus Day that year. Written by Francis Bellamy, the circulation manager and native of Rome, New York, and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was sent out to public schools across the country. On October 12, 1892, the quadricentennial of [...]

Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States: Supreme Court Decides America is a Christian Nation!

Written By: Kevin A. Lehmann In a day and age where there is much discussion and debate over our Christian heritage, who better to settle the argument as to whether or not the United States of America was founded as a Christian nation than the United States Supreme Court — the ultimate authority and final [...]

By | 2017-09-30T17:51:45+00:00 February 29th, 1892|America's Christian Heritage, Religious Freedom|0 Comments

The Monument of the Forefathers (The Matrix of Liberty) was Dedicated

Designed by Hammat Billings, the monument honors the Pilgrims Christian values and principles as a matrix of liberty with the necessary components to a free society, and a blueprint of how a free nation can be maintained. From the original concept in 1820 to the laying of the cornerstone in 1859 to its dedication in [...]

Abraham Lincoln’s Delivers his Gettysburg Address

On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner referred to the most famous speech ever given by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called the Gettysburg Address a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian [...]

Julia Ward Howe’s Inspiring Lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” are First Published in “The Atlantic Monthly’

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic", also known as "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" outside of the United States, is a song by American writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song "John Brown's Body." Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861, and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in [...]

Videl v. Girard: US Supreme Court Rules that American Schools are to Teach Morals and Christianity Using the Bible in Schools

In 1844 in Philadelphia, a school took an unprecedented position: it would teach its students morality, but not Christianity. The 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 [schools]--its [...]

By | 2017-09-30T17:52:53+00:00 February 27th, 1844|America's Christian Heritage, Religious Freedom|0 Comments

The Preface of Websters 1828 Dictionary States ‘the Christian Religion Must be the Basis of Any Government intended to Secure the Rights… of a Free People.’

Noah Webster publishes the American Dictionary. He wrote in the preface of his 1828 Dictionary: “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion [...]

By | 2018-01-11T20:58:03+00:00 January 1st, 1828|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

Thomas Jefferson & John Adams Die on the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, Fulfilling Dr. Benjamin Rush’s Prophesy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUPEHQGE2xg The Dream of Dr. Benjamin Rush & God’s Hand in Reconciling John Adams and Thomas Jefferson One of the more bitter aspects of the retirement of John Adams from the presidency in 1800 was the fact that several of those with whom he had early co-labored during the Revolution had become his fervent adversaries. [...]

Francis Scott Key Penned the Poem, the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, Later to Become the National Anthem, pub

Francis Scott Key penned the words to the US National Anthem after watching the bombardment for 25 hours and seeing “Bombs bursting in air, missiles, so much debris, he strained to see. Was the flag still there? He couldn’t see a thing. All night long, he couldn’t. At the crack of dawn, he ran out [...]

By | 2018-01-11T20:47:56+00:00 September 14th, 1814|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

The Battle of Lake Erie: The Capt. Oliver Hazard Perry Miracle

Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, with many of his sailors being free blacks, confronted  the British squadron of six vessels, commanded by the one-armed Commodore Robert  Barclay, who had helped defeat Napoleon's fleet. Strong winds prevented Perry from getting into a safe position. Long-range British cannons crippled his flagship, USS Lawrence, killing most of his crew. Faithful [...]

By | 2018-01-11T20:45:33+00:00 September 10th, 1813|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

Thomas Jefferson sends his ‘Wall of Separation’ Danbury Letter: Did He Intend to Separate Church and State?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIFe3EqBFO4 Thomas Jefferson sent his 'wall of separation' letter to the Danbury Baptist Association to assure them that although the state offered them religious freedoms only “as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights,” that at least the national Congress could never make a law respecting an establishment of religion.  The First Amendment, then, erected [...]

John Adams Issues a Proclamation for a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer for the Protection & Blessings of the Almighty God for the new Nation

A national day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer was issued by President John Adams declaring May 9, 1798 the day of fasting for the nation. The proclamation reads below: A PROCLAMATION AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of [...]

By | 2017-09-30T17:54:10+00:00 March 23rd, 1798|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

St. Thomas African Episcopal Church is Officially Accepted as the First Black Episcopal Parish in the United States by Former Slave, Absalom Jones

In 1762 at the tender age of sixteen, a slave named Absalom Jones witnessed his mother and six siblings sold away while he was brought by his owner to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Sussex, Delaware. He was put to work in a shop as a clerk and handyman, but was allowed to work in the evenings [...]

By | 2018-01-11T19:56:35+00:00 October 17th, 1794|America's Christian Heritage, Religious Freedom|0 Comments

President Washington Laid the Cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol Building which was First Used as a Church

Capitol Building Houses a Church Before Congress Before the United States Capitol was used by the Senate or House of Representatives, it was used as a church—or perhaps more accurately as churches. In his plans for America’s new capital, Peter L’Enfant chose Jenkins Hill as the site for the Capitol building, and on September 18, [...]

By | 2018-01-11T19:55:03+00:00 September 18th, 1793|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: America’s First Federal Thanksgiving

Following a resolution of Congress, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Reflecting American religious practice, Presidents and [...]

By | 2017-09-30T17:54:36+00:00 November 26th, 1789|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

Dr. Benjamin Rush: “(Satan) never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity… than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.”

Dr. Benjamin Rush to Jeremy Belknap, July 13, 1789: “The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.” Dr. Benjamin Rush wrote in “Essays, Literary, Moral, and [...]

Inauguration of President Washington: He Gives a Religious Address and Places Hand on Bible Verse as Promise of America as a Covenant Nation?

David Barton of Wallbuilders gives some details of the inauguration of the first President of the U.S.: Constitutional experts abounded in 1789 at America’s first presidential inauguration. Not only was the inauguree a signer of the Constitution but one fourth of the members of the Congress that organized and directed his inauguration had been delegates [...]

By | 2018-01-11T19:33:33+00:00 April 30th, 1789|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

Signing of the Constitution

In a warm room in Philadelphia, 39 men signed the document that formed our nation. With each passing year, America continues her record of having the longest on-going constitutional republic in history. The Constitution. In its seven Articles of some 4500 words, the original Constitution is the “supreme Law of the Land,” distributing powers to three [...]

By | 2018-01-11T19:26:14+00:00 September 17th, 1787|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

The Northwest Ordinance is Passed by Continental Congress

In 1781, Virginia began by ceding its extensive land claims to Congress, a move that made other states more comfortable in doing the same. In 1784, Thomas Jefferson first proposed a method of incorporating these western territories into the United States. His plan effectively turned the territories into colonies of the existing states. Ten new [...]

Benjamin Franklin’s Appeal to Prayer During Constitutional Convention

The Actual Events as historically documented JUNE 28, 1787: [below is the speech by Benjamin Franklin and the reports of other who have been recorded as having spoken. As recorded by James Madison and published for the first time in 1840.] Mr. President, The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close [...]

The Constitutional Convention Begins in Philadelphia on May 25th and Ends on Sept 17th with the Miracle of the Constitution

The Constitutional Convention takes place in Philadelphia and, by the account of many participants during the process, ends with a miracle of divine providence in the formation of the constitution that provided the American people with a people's government assuring their rights and freedom, with a balance of powers, and equal representation for all states. [...]

The Continental Congress made a National Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

As printed in the Journals of Congress below... IN CONGRESS – November 1, 1777 Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; [...]

By | 2017-11-29T23:46:59+00:00 November 1st, 1777|America's Christian Heritage, America's Founding|0 Comments

The Stars and Stripes are Born with the Passing of the Flag Act on June 14, 1777

The Stars & Stripes are born! The Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." The Colors of Liberty As symbolized in the Atonement of [...]