George Washington once addressed Delaware chiefs among the Lenape Indians who desired to train their young people in American schools, saying, "You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention."[italics mine]Chuck points out the Congress as a whole, promoted Bible Teaching in all schools:
In 1789, during the same time when the First Amendment was written, then President Washington signed into law the Northwest Ordinance, which states, "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."The Supreme Court, or any court, to ignore this declaration by Washington and Congress, is disgraceful!
Chuck, correctly quotes Gouverneur Morris, singularly, perhaps the most influential delegate to the Constitution:
Gouverneur Morris, who represented Pennsylvania at the convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently signed the U.S. Constitution, said, "Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God." [Gouverneur Morris, 1792, Notes on the Form of a Constitution for France.]The myth of separation of church and state, mandating state office holders be Christians, and State Constitutions themselves, declare we were formed a Christian Nation.