TypChristopher Columbus wrote: "It was the Lord who put into my mind the fact that it would be possible to sail to the Indies... [The] inspiration [came] from the Holy Spirit, because he comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures." In 1607 when the settlers landed in Jamestown, Virginia, the first thing they did was to plant a cross and claim the land for Jesus Christ. William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth colony, wrote that the mission of the Pilgrims was to "Advance the gospel and kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world." The Pilgrims signed the document known as the Mayflower Compact. It was made not with each other, but with God Almighty. The document began with the words, "In the name of God, Amen."
The Northwest Ordinance, enacted by Congress in 1789, required that all schools be instituted for the purpose of teaching religion. It stated: "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." George Washington's famous Farewell Address warned us to never forget that the United States cannot be maintained without the indispensable supports of morality and religion. Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention said: "I have lived long, sir, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men."
If your child is in public school, ask him if he was ever told any of these important facts of our American history.
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