THE FOUNDATION OF TRUE GOVERNMENT
"And what nation is
there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law,
which I set before you this day?" Deuteronomy 4:8
WHAT FAMOUS STATESMEN HAVE SAID:
The Ten Commandments
The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the
Mount. The fundamental basis of out Bill of Rights comes from the teachings
which we get from Exodus and St Matthew, from Isaiah and St, Paul. I don't
think we comprehend that enough these days.
"If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally
wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for
anybody." Harry S. Truman, quoted in Harry S. Truman: Public Papers of the
Presidents of the United States Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and
Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1950 (Washington. D.C.:
United States Government Printing Office, 1965), p. 197.
"May this day mark the beginning of the restoration of the moral foundation
of law to cur people and a return to the knowledge of God in our land." Chief
Justice Roy Moore, on the day he dedicated the placement of a 5,280-pound
monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Supreme
Court Building, quoted in Birmingham News August 8, 2001, p. 1A.
Our nation is founded on the Ten Commandments, given by God as the moral
code for mankind. Visitors to the National Archives, in Washington, D.C., who
wish to view the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence, must
first pass a copy of the Ten Commandments, which is prominently displayed in
the entryway to the Archives.
The U.S. Supreme Court building itself bas four displays of the Ten
Commandments, three of which are carved in stone;
The first is the Ten Commandments, engraved on the lower half of two
large oak doors as you enter the Chamber.
The second is a marble frieze in the Chamber itself, showing Moses
holding a copy of the Ten Commandments inscribed in Hebrew.
The third is two allegorical figures, representing "The Power of
Government" and "The Majesty of Government," which stand beside a carved
flat-faced tablet with two rows of Roman numerals, marked I to V and VI m XI
this is an obvious rendering of the Ten Commandments.
The fourth is located in the most prominent plane in the building: just
above the place where the Chief Justice sits. There you will find a carved
stone banner which read.
"Justice, the Guardian of Liberty." Centered above the banner is Moses,
seated and holding a copy of the Ten Commandments.
"The U.S. Supreme Court Chamber is which cases related to religion are
heard is decorated with a notable and permanent not seasonal symbol of
religion: Moses with the Ten Commandments,"-U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice
Warren Burger, (at his majority opinion, Lynch vs. Donnelley, 465 U.S. 668,
IIC. decided March 5, 1984.
State courtrooms and capitols across the nation have housed displays of the
Ten Commandments for decades. "In fact, the Ten Commandments are more easily
found in America's government buildings than in her religious buildings, thus
demonstrating the understanding by generations of Americans from coast to
coast that the Ten Commandments formed the basis of America's civil
laws," David Barton, The Ten Commandments A Part of America's Legal System for
Almost 400 Years, a paper presented in court battle against the ACLU.
Sir William Blackstones Commentaries m the Laws of England, considered the
leading commentary on English law, has had the profoundest impact on American
law. He wrote this: "Human laws are only declaratory of an act in
subordination to Divine Law " quoted In Gary DeMar, America's Heritage, p.
The legal statutes of America are founded on prohibitions against blasphemy
(third commandment), dishonoring parents (fifth), murder (sixth), adultery
(seventh), theft (eighth, and perjury (ninth).
By order of the Kentucky State legislature, the Tea Commandments ware
posted in every school in the state. In order to clearly state the intent and
that this was a secular, not a religious posting, below each display was this
wording: "The secular application of the Ten Commandments is clearly seen in
its adoption as the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the
Common Law of the United States." quoted in Stone vs. Graham, 449, U.S. p. 39
When the ACLU sued to have them removed from Kentucky schools, the U.S.
Supreme Court agreed, declaring that something terrible might happen if the
Commandments were read and obeyed!
"If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at
all, it will be to induce the school children to read, meditate upon, perhaps
to venerate and obey, the Commandments ... This... is not a permissible state
objective under the Establishment Clause." Stone vs. Graham, p. 49.
The Founding Fathers of our nation would have totally disagreed with that
"The law given from Sinai was civil and municipal as well as a moral and
religious code . . its laws are essential to the existence of men in society,
and most which have been enacted by every nation which aver professed any code
of laws." John Quincy Adams, Letters .. to His Son, p. 61.
""The Ten Commandments ... are the aura of the moral law." John Witherspoon
(Signer of the Declaration of Independence), Works, Vol. IV p. 95 (1815),
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred
as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to
protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If Thou shalt not covet,' and Thou
shalt not steal,' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made
inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.
"-John Adams, A Defense of the Constitution of Government of the United States
of America, Val. III, p. 2171, 1797).
"Vain indeed would be the search among the writings of profane antiquity
[secular history] .. to find so broad, so complete and so solid a basis for
morality as this Decalogue [the Ten Commandments] lays down."-John Quincy
Adams, Letters, . to His Son, pp. 70-71.
"The opinion that human reason, left without the constant control of Divine
laws and commands, will . . give duration to a popular government is as
chimerical [Illusionary] as the most extravagant ideas that enter the head of
a maniac," Noah Webster, Collection of Papers, pp. 291-292 (1886).
"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition,
injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or
neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."- Noah Webster, History of the
United States, p. 339 (1632).
God's Moral Law:
The Safeguard and Protection of Our