Rise and Fall of America's Christian Heritage


America is a Christian nation, steeped in a Christian heritage, and maintains a mostly Christian backbone to date. It’s a blow when many of the populace defers from anything Christian, and especially when the President actually feels this is a Muslim nation as well. But Christians have always grown up with adversity, disbelief, agnosticism, and atheism. America keeps surviving. Jesus even said hell shall not prevail against its Christian roots.


America’s Christian heritage is complete, despite many people’s efforts to derange, manipulate, or simply omit it. Fifty-two of the 55 Founders of the Constitution, deeply religious men, were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies. Of those Founders, 26 had seminary degrees. Back in the country’s early days, each state was free to establish churches, to allow church taxes, and to require attendance in church.


The first SC Justice, John Jay, said “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers”. It’s even rumored Patrick Henry, one of the initial Founding Fathers said “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded…by Christians… on the gospels of Jesus Christ.”


Martin Luther King, Jr., quoting St. Augustine “…all law is derived from God, not the state”. There are countless engravings and pictures of Moses and the 10 Commandments posted throughout the Supreme Court Building. Bible verses are etched in stone throughout federal buildings and monuments in D.C.  David Barton (historian/author) WallBuilders | Presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes can be consulted for facts on America’s Christian underpinnings.


All 50 states refer to God in their Constitutions. Every American president has acknowledged God in their acceptance speeches. The oaths all three branches of the government (judicial, legislative, & executive) and witnesses’ oaths in court include the words “…so help me God”.  All US currency has “in God we trust” imprinted.


On dollar bills, the Latin inscription annuit coeptis means, “God has favored our undertaking”. On the tallest building (555 feet) in Washington D.C., the Washington Monument, the top has the Latin words Laus Deo, or “Praise be to God”. [snopes.com: Laus Deo on Washington Monument Capstone Exhibit]


The designer (Pierre Charles l’Enfante) imposed a cross upon the landscape—the White House to the North, the Jefferson Memorial to the South, the Lincoln Memorial to the West, and the Capitol to the East.


When the cornerstone to the Washington Monument was laid on 7/4/1848, the Holy Bible was deposited within it by the Bible Society. Washington, himself, had a prayer for America that ended with “…grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”


Christian Heritage has been here since 1774. But in 1947 in Everson vs. Board of Education, Justice Hugo Black (member of the KKK and FDR appointee), reinterpreted the meaning of the 1st Amendment. He took Jefferson’s phrase “separation of church and state” from a letter Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. Even though that phrase is nowhere in the Constitution and Jefferson even wrote the Declaration, he was in France at the time and had nothing to do at all with the Constitution. Because of that gross interpretation of one phrase in one letter, Justice Black limited the religious liberty of all Americans.


It’s truly scary when the president’s view is different from our Founders [Moonbattery: Obama Portrays America as a Muslim Country]. Recently, in Obama’s preparation to leave Washington for his Middle Eastern speech, in an interview on Canal Plus Obama noted that the US could be considered as “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”. 


On 12/2/08, the Capital Visitor Center (CVC) opened, Congressional Members of the prayer Caucus found a number of prominent references to God curiously omitted from our history. The original CVC display on the walls claimed E Pluribus Unum was our nation’s national motto. Actually our nation’s motto is “in God we trust”.


It was later found that during the “SOU” address by the President, the statement “in God we trust” etched into the wall of the House Floor just above the President’s head was omitted. Even CVC’s display of Abraham Lincoln’s White House desk where his Bible was always present in full view was absent.


There are more examples of omissions of God in Washington. None are more telling than the quote from General Dwight D. Eisenhower in his D-Day message carved into the walls of the WWII memorial. But Eisenhower’s last line “…the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking,” has been omitted as well.


It’s difficult not to go back to Jesus’ words: “…the gates of the netherworld [hell] shall not prevail against it [the church] {Matt 16:18/ NAB}.” Today, one can cite many examples of the devil trying to make inroads…




Kevin Roeten can be reached at [email protected]