George Washington at 279 (Born Feb 22, 1732) Part 3

1 Of 3 / Faith Of The Founding Fathers / American Heritage Series / David Barton

My friend Sherwood Haisty Jr. is a minister in Santa Monica, California and he has done a lot of studying on the Founding Fathers. One of his favorites is George Washington. I am going to invite him to comment on the Farewell Address of George Washington.

Two of my sons, Hunter (22yr) and Wilson (14yr) are flying out to California on Spring Break to help Sherwood when he preaches at the Santa Monica Promenade.

In the picture below at Santa Monica Promenade there are 35 people gathered around and the person speaking is a former follower of  Islam, but he identified himself  as an atheist and on this occasion he was speaking in favor of evolution.


This is a small portion of a Sermon Preached by Sherwood Haisty Jr. in Santa Monica

In the next few days I will post portions of the speech (which really was just a newspaper article) but since it is so long I will put an outline of the speech that is provided by David Barton of Wallbuilders.

  1. Religion and Morality.
    1. Are “indispensable supports” for “political prosperity.”
    2. Are the “firmest props of the duties of Men and Country.”
    3. The oaths in our courts would be useless without “the sense of religious obligation.”
    4. “And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.”
    5. “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
    6. “Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge.”

Little known fact about George Washington:

Some anecdotes bring out the character of Washington very well. During the election campaign, there was a bitter war of words. A man called Payne felt that Washington had crossed the line by insulting him. He decided to settle the matter with the help of a hickory stick. The following day, Washington set up an interview with Payne. Payne expected that Washington would seek revenge. However, Washington apologized for insulting him and shook his hand.


David Barton commented on this part of the Farewell Address:

Washington in his “Farewell Address,” Washington reminded the nation:

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness. . . . The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.

Washington – indisputably a constitutional expert – declared that religion and morality were inseparable from government, and that no true patriot, whether politician or clergyman, would attempt to weaken the relationship between government and the influence of religion and morality.


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