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September 2008 - Finally, some in Congress are beginning to understand the importance of our Christian Heritage....

H.Res.888 is a resolution sponsored by Congressman Forbes that affirms the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history. To view a version of H.Res.888 with sources for historical references listed throughout, click here. Click here to read today's prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives  Click here to download a Prayer Caucus flyer to include in your church bulletin. ...110TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. RES. 888 Affirming the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history and expressing support for designation of the first week in May as "American Religious History Week" for the appreciation of and education on America's history of religious faith.

RESOLUTION Affirming the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history and expressing support for designation of the first week in May as "American Religious History Week" for the appreciation of and education on America's history of religious faith.


Visit the nation's capitol and read the inscriptions on the memorials. The Word of God is evident of our past American leaders whom we hold high in respect, those who laid the American foundation. Why does America now separate these words from the men who were driven by these words? It is evident that our American leaders today do not share the same source of inspiration. What do liberals proclaim today? What do liberals encourage? Which organizations support liberal Democrats? Do today's American leaders proclaim the Word of God or or reject it?

Our Founding Fathers wanted future generations to acknowledge the hand of God in the founding of our nation.  Therefore, even the Capitol Building is a witness of this.  Its mighty Rotunda, the center of the Capitol, features a dramatic oil painting that impresses upon visitors the direct intervention of God from the earliest days of our history.  The painting portrays the landing of Columbus in the Western World in 1492.  Columbus' eyes are cast toward heaven in thanks and praise as others around him kneel in gratitude to God.  This painting depicts the gratitude Columbus felt in the fulfillment of what he believed was his God-given calling.  "It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies."  Those who commissioned this painting knew what we have known all along, that God in His grace and wisdom guided those who first came to these shores.

When the Capitol Building was built, its designers were well aware of the dependence of the members of Congress upon God and prayer.   The 83rd Congress designated a small room in the Capitol, near the rotunda, that is always open for the private prayer and meditation of members of Congress.  This room is open whenever Congress is in session, and stands as a witness to the need for prayer by our nation's leaders.  The focal point of the room is an intricate stained glass window that depicts George Washington kneeling in prayer.  Surrounding him are words from Psalm 16:  "Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust."

Inscription on a wall of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are a gift from God?"

The Washington Monument stands as a lofty and inspiring tribute to our first president, George Washington.  It is the anchor on the west end of the National Mall.  Few people know that engraved on the metal cap to the monument, towering 555 feet above the ground are the words, "Praise be to God."   In addition, several tribute blocks line the staircase, and they are inscribed with Bible verses:  "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for such is the Kingdom of God (Luke 18:16)," "Search the Scriptures (John 5:39; Acts 17:11)," and "Holiness unto the Lord (Exodus 28:36); 39:30; Zechariah 14:20)." 

For most of us, handling money is part of every day.   Even the design of our currency acknowledges God's hand and His providence in the founding of our nation.  Toward that end, the Founding Fathers insisted that meaningful symbolism be incorporated into the design of the Great Seal of the United States that appears on the back of the one dollar bill. It features a great pyramid that symbolizes our republic and its qualities of strength and democracy.  Across the top are the Latin words Annuit Coeptis expressing our confidence in God and in His gracious leading in the founding of our nation.  Translated they mean: Providence [God] has favored our undertaking.  The pyramid is unfinished to remind each of us that our country is a work in progress, and the contribution made by each of us is significant.  Over all, is the prevailing eye of God Himself, watching over the development of our nation, from its earliest moments to now.  While some have misinterpreted the symbolism of this seal, the reality is that it was designed to honor God and show our nation's trust in Him. 

The Supreme Court in 1892, Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States, in a unanimous decision concluded that "this is a Christian Nation." And again in 1931, Justice George Sutherland reviewed that decision and declared American are a "Christian people." And yet again in 1952, Justice William O. Douglas wrote "we are a religious people and our institutions pre-suppose a Supreme Being." Yet ten years later, the Supreme Court began turning their face against God and now 50 years later, America is now ensnared in Satan's web of immorality, "tolerant" of unnatural acts, Gay Pride Days at Disney and other "family" oriented parks, coerced by groups like the ACLU, probably worse of all the deceptive reporting of the popular liberal media which has resulted in  unspeakable apathy.

Library of Congress & its inscriptions of Faith he Library of Congress's Rare Book Division has 1,470 Bibles dating from the beginning of printing, including one of three existing copies of the original 15th Century Gutenburg Bible on vellum. ...In the Main Reading Room has above the figure of History: ONE GOD, ONE LAW, ONE ELEMENT, AND ONE FAR-OFF DIVINE EVENT, TO WHICH THE WHOLE CREATION MOVES - Tennyson, In Memoriam Above the figure of Religion is: WHAT DOTH THE LORD REQUIRE OF THEE, BUT TO DO JUSTLY, AND TO LOVE MERCY, AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH THY GOD? - Holy Bible, Micah 6:8 Above the figure of Science is: THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD; AND THE FIRMAMENT SHEWETH HIS HANDIWORK. - Holy Bible, Psalms 19:1 ...The South tablet has: THE LIGHT SHINETH IN DARKNESS, AND THE DARKNESS COMPREHENDETH NOT - Holy Bible, John, 1:5 ...The Library of Congress has an online exhibit, "Religion and the Founding of the American Republic." www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion


Photo Essay: God in the Temples of Government
Human Events

On November 13, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ordered the removal of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore from his post. The decision resulted from Moore's refusal to obey what he considered a tyrannical order from a federal judge commanding him to remove a stone monument of the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the Alabama supreme court building. The federal court, which was not overruled because the Supreme Court refused to consider Moore's appeal, insisted that the state of Alabama could not acknowledge God by displaying a religiously-based representation.

HUMAN EVENTS went to federal government buildings in the District of Columbia and photographed some of the many religious and religiously inspired items in those buildings. These pictures are a small sampling of the many religious images scattered throughout government buildings in D.C. and around the country. Will all of these images eventually be removed by the order of unrestrained federal judges? They are the sort that federal courts have increasingly ruled "unconstitutional" for decades. If the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or some other plaintiff decides to sue to remove any or all of these images, what would be the result? If the courts are consistent, these images -- and countless more like them -- could be removed by a judicial elite hostile to all forms of religious expression in public.

 

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