By Tom Quiner
Yes. Virtue does rely on religion to survive.
Says the Polk County courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa.
My wife is at the courthouse today for jury duty. Emblazoned on the walls of the courthouse is this quote:
“Laws will not be obeyed, society cannot be maintained, without virtue; virtue cannot subsist without religion.”
This quote dispels the myth that the Constitution calls for a separation of Church and State. It doesn’t. It does state that an official state religion cannot be established.
This is a nation conceived on the premise of natural law, that each human being is entitled to God-given rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Today’s modern liberals have worked hard, and successfully, to perpetuate the myth that our laws demand a separation of “God and State.”
God and religion are invoked in public buildings from Washington D.C. to Des Moines, Iowa, and beyond.
The religion we have to fear is the religion of ignorance, as Benjamin Franklin warned:
“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”
Just a couple of weeks ago, the president delivered the State of the Union address in the nation’s capital. As he spoke, he could see across the room a carving of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. Elsewhere in the Capitol, religious themes were expressed in magnificent artwork. The Embarkation of the Pilgrims immortialized their day of prayer and fasting.
Discovery of the Mississippi by Desoto shows a praying monk as a crucifix is placed on the ground. The Baptism of Pocahontas pays tribute to this central Christian sacrament.
Above the president were the same words you see on our currency:
“In God we trust.”
Does virtue rely on religion for its survival? The Founders of this, the greatest democracy in history, were adamant: yes, it does.
To be sure we wouldn’t forget, they carved words of faith into the stone walls of our public buildings so future generations of liberals couldn’t easily erase them.