I recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. The most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and religious liberties is always to remember with reverence and gratitude the source from which they flow. John Jay, Original Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court
No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events and of the Destiny of Nations than the people of the United States. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land. James Madison
Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society. George Washington
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams
These quotes, coupled with the numerous others already presented in this chapter, overwhelmingly confirm the blatant inaccuracy of the Court’s assertion that the government remains secular. The crowning irony of this case was that the Court upheld the menorah while striking down the crèche, thus evoking this strong criticism in the dissent:
The Supreme Court of the United States has concluded that the First Amendment creates classes of religions based on the relative numbers of their adherents. Those religions enjoying the largest following must be consigned to the status of least-favored faiths so as to avoid any possible risk of offending members of minority religions. The decision in this case clearly illustrates that when the standard of original intent is abandoned, Court decisions lack what Justice William Rehnquist termed “unified and principled results” demonstrated by the fact that within only a five-year period, the Court had completely reversed itself on the issue of crèches. As Justice Antonin Scalia accurately observed:
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