John Adams on the Importance of Morality & Religion

John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of America, wrote:

We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our Constitution is made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

He also said:

You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.

Another Adams quote contains these words:

The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.

Finally, John Adams said:

Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.

These quotes are consistent with other previously noted quotes by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson contained in this posting as well as these words from Calvin Coolidge.
These words from three leading Founding Fathers and four American Presidents can only lead to the unanswered question: Why are today’s secular left fundamentalists so committed to rewriting the history of our country’s Founding by claiming the Founding was a completely secular occurrence.

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noquilla ryan
noquilla ryan
18 years ago

i just want to know the proper meaning of morality?

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