George Washington at 279 (Born Feb 22, 1732) Part 4

 George Washington

George Washington
by Gilbert Stuart (1755 – 1828) 
Oil on canvas, 1796 ca. – 1805

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

I really enjoy the basketball tournaments every year this time of the season when the highschool state playoffs are being played. My Bryant Lady Hornets take on Rogers in Rogers today and last night my Arkansas Baptist Eagles beat Charleston (Dale Bumpers’ old stomping ground) 62 to 43.  The state finals will be in Hot Springs next weekend.

This weekend the Sun Belt Tournament starts in Hot Springs, and the #1 seeded Middle Tennessee girls team will be with out Tina Stewart who was stabbed to death yesterday on campus. Authorities have suspects in custody. I have relatives at Middle Tennessee State and love the University.

This below is from an article by David Barton “The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government,” Jan 2000, Wallbuilders.

George Washington

“Father of Our Country”

While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.

(Source: George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, John C. Fitzpatrick, editor (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1932), Vol. XXX, p. 432 n., from his address to the Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church in North America, October 9, 1789.)

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, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?

And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

(Source: George Washington, Address of George Washington, President of the United States . . . Preparatory to His Declination (Baltimore: George and Henry S. Keatinge), pp. 22-23. In his Farewell Address to the United States in 1796.)

[T]he [federal] government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, and oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.

(Source: George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, John C. Fitzpatrick, editor (Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1939), Vol. XXIX, p. 410. In a letter to Marquis De Lafayette, February 7, 1788.)

* For the full text of Geo. Washington’s Farewell Addressclick here.

Little known fact about George Washington:

Trivia about Washington: He did not attend college, the only American President not to do so. His birthday is celebrated on February 22, though he was born on February 11. His inaugural speech is the shortest in American History. It was only133 words long.

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