Presidents talk about God

By Tom Quiner

This great country has been formed by our Judeo-Christian beliefs.

In light of the clash of religion throughout the world, I’d like to share some great quotes from American  presidents on the subject of religion and its importance to us individually and collectively.

George Washington:  “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”

Barack Obama: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

John Adams: “Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”

Barack Obama:  “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”

Ronald Reagan: “The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America – our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal.”

Barack Obama: “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”

Thomas Jefferson: “I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”

Barack Obama: “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”

James Madison: “A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”

Barack Obama: “Islam has always been part of America.”

James Monroe: “When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”

Barack Obama: “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities”

Andrew Jackson: “[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.” 

Barack Obama: “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”

Abraham Lincoln: In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”

Barack Obama: “The Holy Koran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’”

Harry Truman: “The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.”

Barack Obama: “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”

Teddy Roosevelt: “I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism.” 

Barack Obama: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

Franklin Roosevelt: [The United States is] founded on the principles of Christianity” 

Barack Obama: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

Harry Truman: “This is a Christian nation.”

Barack Obama: “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”

Ronald Reagan: The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. This same sense of man patterned the convictions of those who framed the English system of law inherited by our own Nation, as well as the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”



  1. Shawn Pavlik on December 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

    ::Tom Quiner drops the mic and exits stage right::

  2. Paul Sharp on December 4, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for the post. I hope the bizarre behavior of the Obama Administration somehow fades away; but??? Interesting to compare to 100 years ago and the Wilson Administration.

    • quinersdiner on December 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

      You probably know more about the Wilson administration than I, Paul. I know he pushed for the League of Nations. What are some of the similarities with the Obama regime?

      • Paul Sharp on December 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        Rapid rise to power
        Academia is major part of resume.
        U.S. Best governed by elites, by experts. Wilson believed modern life demanded government by experts; he was frustrated by our constitutional system of government.
        U.S. interests subordinate to international opinion
        Wilson arrogantly excluded Republicans from League of Nations negotiations; Obama excluded Republicans from development of the ACA.
        Rather than compromise, they believed their personal charm and oratorical skills could force Congress into agreement.

        One can argue that some of the above bullet points are not important; e.g. the first two. But the others are troubling. I am most concerned about the third and fourth bullet points.

        You can find this information from various websites by a search for comparison between Wilson and Obama. Also, see George Will’s article in Investors Business Daily issue of 11-30-15 titled “Standing Up To Administrators’ Power”)

        I note that my comparisons move beyond the theme of your post – best to stay on point – sorry. But with Obama a flood of questions come and I couldn’t resist. I might add that I would be surprised if Wilson was the apologist for Islam that Obama is.

        • quinersdiner on December 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

          Good bullet points. Solid points, Paul.

  3. parrillaturi on December 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Well, that says it all. Good post. Blessings.

    • quinersdiner on December 4, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thank-you! Blessings to you!