Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be.— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Competitive American Founding Fathers quotations
Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.
I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president - not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.
I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just
[Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
Most Americans aren't the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected;
they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god.
We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
For my part, I sincerely esteem the Constitution, a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
I have sworn upon the altar of god.
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
All Americans mourn the passing of the author of the Declaration of Independence, George Jefferson.
In view of the tide of religiosity engulfing a once secular republic it is refreshing to be reminded by Freethinkers that free thought and skepticism are robustly in the American tradition. After all the Founding Fathers began by omitting God from the American Constitution.
Yet when the blood of the sons of immigrants and the grandsons of slaves fell on foreign fields, it was American blood. In it you could not read the ethnic particulars of the soldier who died next to you. He was an American. And when I think of how we learned this lesson, I wonder how we could have unlearned it.
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing.
Our country was founded on a distrust of government.
Our founding fathers gave power to the people to keep an eye on government. So when politicians say, 'Trust me,' they're actually being very un-American.
Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.
Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years?
Franklin may . . . be considered one of the founding fathers of American democracy, since no democratic government can last long without conciliation and compromise.
I looked around for God's judgments, but saw no signs of them.
We can't rely - or no country can rely on just a single personality to carry it forward. And so what the American founding fathers understood was that institutions were built for human imperfection not human perfection.
Throughout American history our presidents have invoked our nation's founding fathers. This is particularly true of recent presidents.
The Founding Fathers believed that our Creator gave us certain inalienable rights. The Pledge of Allegiance simply reinforces the beliefs that led to the birth of our great nation. It is an oath of our fidelity to our country, and I am disappointed that the [9th Circuit] Court chose to rule against this American treasure.
This [anti-terrorism bill] is a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech and the Fourth Amendment protection of private property... Some of these provisions place more power in the hands of law enforcement than our Founding Fathers could have dreamt and severely compromises the civil liberties of law-abiding Americans. This bill, while crafted with good intentions, is rife with constitutional infringements I could not support.