Does virtue rely on religion for its survival?

By Tom Quiner

Yes. Virtue does rely on religion to survive.

Says who?

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.


  1. Lisa Bourne on February 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    They sure think they can erase them. And don’t think they won’t get around to trying to alter the buildings too ….

  2. Bob Vance on February 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    We all know that if it is written somewhere, it must be true.

    Artists have been inspired by things religious since they started drawing on cave walls. Just look at all the art inspired by the Greek and Roman Gods.

    As for virtue, explain how the following scripture teaches virtue:
    “6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

    “now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.”

    “The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.”

  3. Michael Pochek on February 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    The secularizing of society has produced minority faction within our society. The Constitutional protections of the minority have been replaced by the silencing of the religious majority in the public square basically through the enforcement of political correctness. The truth will ring true if we who believe in Divine Providence will have the courage to speak out and up; as Dr. Carson did earlier this month. His message did not need to be loud or propagandized – it carried because it was closer to the truth than what we have been getting from the moral relativists in office today. Thank you for your contribution to the blog world, keep it up.

  4. Tim Shey on February 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    If certain people are concerned about separation of church and state, then they should stop teaching the religion of evolution in our public schools.