“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be the aid of religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind." [Benjamin Rush - Signer of Declaration of Independence]
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . ....Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." [John Adams]
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." [Benjamin Franklin]
"Do not let anyone claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics." [George Washington]
Joseph Story, US congressmen and Supreme Court Justice in 1811 said, “There is not a truth to be gathered from history more certain…than this: That civil liberty cannot long be separated from religious liberty without danger, and ultimately without destruction to both.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors."