Religion the Only Basis of Society

By Gene Van Wagoner

Today we hear from the ‘Political correct’ that our founding fathers placed a wall of separation between Government and Religion. But never do they tell the whole story when they quote Jefferson’s statement on the matter.

He stated we should have a one way wall between the two, the one direction would be to stop government from invading Religious freedoms, but the other direction should be left open to allow the influence of religion to influence for good those serving in government.

The constitution was to protect religion from government, not government from religion, The founders tried to guarantee freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.;

Here is a quote from a 19th century McGuffey’s fifth reader used in the public schools for many years, which enforces their beliefs;

“Religion the only basis of Society"

Religion is a social concern; for it operates powerfully on society, contributing in various ways to its stability and prosperity.

Religion is not merely a private affair; the community is deeply interested in it’s diffusion; for it is the best support of the virtues and principles, on which the social order rests. Pure and undefiled Religion is to do good; and it follows, very plainly, that if God be the author and friend of society, then the recognition of Him must enforce all society duty, and enlightened piety must give its whole strength to public order.

 Few men suspect, perhaps no man comprehends, the extent of the support given to every virtue. No man perhaps is aware how much our moral and social sentiments are fed from this fountain.

How powerless conscience would become without the belief in God; How palsied would human benevolence, were there not the sense of higher benevolence to quicken and sustain it; how suddenly the whole social fabric would quake, and with what a fearful crash it would sink into hopeless ruin, were the ideas of a supreme being, of accountableness and of a future life to be utterly erased from every mind.

And, let men thoroughly believe they are the work and sport of chance; that no superior intelligence concerns itself with human affairs; that the weak have no guardian, and the injured no avenger; that secret crimes have no witness but the perpetrator; That human existence has no purpose, and human virtue no unfailing friend; that this brief life is everything to us, and death is total, everlasting extinction; once let them thoroughly abandon religion, and who can conceive or describe the extent of the desolation which would follow?

We hope, perhaps, that human laws and natural sympathy would hold society together. As reasonably might we believe that were the sun quenched in the heavens, our torches would illuminate, and our fires quicken and fertilize the creation.

What is there in human nature to awaken respect and tenderness, if man is the unprotected insect of a day? And what is he more, if atheism is true?

Erase all thought and fear of God from our community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man. Appetite, knowing no restraint, and suffering, having no solace or hope, would trample in scorn on the restraints of human laws.

Virtue, duty, principle, would be mocked and spurned as unmeaning sounds. A sordid self-interest would supplant every feeling; and man would become, in fact, what the theory in atheism declares him to be, - a champion for brutes.

                                                         William Ellery Channing 1780 – 1842

If we continue to allow the assault on religion that has accrued since the 50’s and we continue to ban God from Schools and our government we will soon have a generation of children that do not believe in the Christian values that made this Nation great.

No student of our nations history can deny God has always been acknowledge by our people and our government. We have never had a President that hasn’t declared regularly His faith in God.

Even our Supreme Court has declared this is a Christian nation;

“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian…This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation…we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth…These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”

                            (Supreme Court Decision, 1892. Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States)

I like Albert Einstein’s statement that the more he observes and studies the planets, stars, and moons of our universe the more he realizes they operate under the direction of a supreme ruler, and follow his laws.

Religion is the bond that holds our society together. The belief that there is life after death and that God will reward or punish us for how we live in this life is the under girding of our laws and our courts. Take it away and the tribunals of justice would see a continual scene of bribery and injustice and the floodgates of immorality and crime would be wide open.

Our bankers and businessmen, our political leaders, our everyday citizens could not be trusted and we could no longer live in a tranquil and orderly society, but would revert back to a mere beast like creatures.


Gene Van Wagoner is the former mayor of Hurricane, Utah.

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