How can liberals say that our PRE-HISTORY in America had nothing to do with the Constitution and after? such as Jefferson's Dec. of Ind. statement: "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, ...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Various famous people of other religions did not belive this --especially those secularists Hitler and Marx and Stalin and all the leaders of communist nations --and Muslims like terrorists and Sadam. Different cultures breed different values. I'll take a country based on the bible any day compared to any other.
Of course it affected our CULTURE --our national values system. Churches and church life, sermons, and Bible knowledge --affected every small town. The bar and the miscreants and those who came merely for profit motive were here, too.
Did your private high school tell you that many of the signers of the C. were members of the American Tract Society --I believe that's what it was called --that distributed Christian material? Did they tell you that all the schools studied the bible and considered it an important text and had religious holiday observances/programs? Did they expose you to the values of the McGuffey Readers?
Did they tell you --as they should in any secular grad school of education--that a primary reason for our first public schools was so all people could read and have access to the Bible --and not be misled by theocracies interpreting for the people to take advantage of them?
Also, it was considered that the values of Christianity were essential to free people -an agreement about the values of law, life, liberty, justice, equality, compassion -- which derive from the bible.
I'm not saying all our forefathers were Christian or that all our laws,judges and churches were wholly good. We don't have a spotless history with slavery, e.g.
In fact, Abigail Adams noted the liberals of those day when she said,"I am no friend of bigotry, yet i think the freedom of inquiry and the general toleration of religious sentiments, have been, like all other good things, perverted, and, under their shelter, deism, and even atheism, have found refuge."
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson wrote in Notes on Virginia: "Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God?"
Did you learn that our first Pres., Washington, in 1789, established the first Thanksgiving Proclamation? saying the day should be "devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for thIs kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation --that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions..."
(Their idea of transgressions would have been from the Bible.)
And in his first inaugural Address: "It would be peculiarly improper to omit....my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being, who rules over the Universe, who presides in the councils of nations and whose providential aids can supply every human defect...we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself ordained....No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the U.S."
And finally, at the Constitutional Convention itself in 1787, ben Franklin said, "I have lived sir, a long time; and the longer I live the more convincing proofs i see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. We have been assured that, 'except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.' I firmly believe this."
and "If a sparrow can not fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" He is referencing jesus' teaching in calling for prayer to advance them in their daily discussions about the Constitution.
Notice they said Congress could make laws --not the courts. In roe vs. Wade, the court made law by striking down laws against abortion made by legislatures. And not because the Constitution really provides for abortion.
Human beings have a right to life once they get it --and they ARE live humans --human life --from conception on --allbeit in their earliest stages --none the less, their dna code is established and fetuses are human beings in process at conception, just about 20 weeks from viability outside the womb.
Yes, the constitution's writers may have built in a little flex for the people through their legislatures--realizing that someday we might have to amend the constitution to keep people from doing outlandish things with their freedoms --such as redefining marriage as between any two humans, any age, any sex, any familial relation, etc. --or even any two living creatures. I doubt they anticipated the things we'd try to legalize today--but they did figure the legislatures were the place for making the laws --not the bench.