Instead of typing up any long-winded arguments, I’ll let a few past Presidents of the United States of America make the point for me:
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon…the Bible’s Ten Commandments of God.
– James Madison, Former U.S. President (1809-1817)
From the time of the Declaration of Independence, the American People were bound by the laws of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which they all acknowledge as the root of their conduct. We all came together to obey the Bible.
– John Quincy Adams, Former U.S. President (1825-1829)
The Bible is the Rock on which this Republic rests.
– Andrew Jackson, Former U.S. President (1829-1837)
I do believe in Almighty God! And I believe also in the Bible...Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,’ and exclaim, ‘Christ first, our country next!’
– Andrew Johnson, Former U.S. President (1865-1869)
Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.
– Ulysses S. Grant, Former U.S. President (1869-1877)
If you take out of your statutes, your constitution, your family life all that is taken from the Bible, what would there be left to bind society together?
– Benjamin Harrison, Former U.S. President (1889-1893)
Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally-I do not mean figuratively, but literally-impossible for us to figure what that loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.
– Theodore Roosevelt, Former U.S. President (1901-1909)
I have a very simple thing to ask of you. I ask every man and woman in this audience that from this day on they will realize that part of the destiny of America lies in their daily perusal of the Bible.
– Woodrow Wilson, Former U.S. President (1913-1921)
The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country..
– Calvin Coolidge, Former U.S. President (1923-1929)
The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life.
– Herbert Hoover, Former U.S. President (1929-1933)
We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, Former U.S. President (1933-1945)
This Nation was established by men who believed in God. … You will see the evidence of this deep religious faith on every hand.
– Harry S. Truman, Former U.S. President (1945-1953)
The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in the right for anybody except the state.
– Harry S. Truman, Former U.S. President (1945-1953)
The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words. In no other book is there such a collection of inspired wisdom, reality, and hope.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower, Former U.S. President (1953-1961)
The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. This same sense of man patterned the convictions of those who framed the English system of law inherited by our own Nation, as well as the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
– Ronald Reagan, Former U.S. President (1980-1988)
My Bible tells me that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it. I think faith and guidance can help fortify a young woman’s sense of self, a young man’s sense of responsibility, and a sense of reverence all young people for the act of sexual intimacy.
– Barack Obama, U.S. President (2008-2012)