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Founders didn't believe it was necessary to mention God by name in Constitution

The founders who wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights understood our freedoms, rights and liberties were inalienable – meaning they derived from the creator of the universe, who guided their writing of the Constitution.

Posted on Aug. 11, 2014 at 5:44 p.m.

The direct acknowledgement of God is in every state constitution, but not in the United States Constitution.

That’s because the US Constitution was drafted for a very limited civil objective. Since the 13 original colonies/states had their own constitutions, governors, and representatives, the newly created national government would only do what the states could not do individually.

Religion did not bring the delegates to together in 1787. These issues had already been settled at the state level. They wanted to guard the states from federal intrusion, preserving the authority of the states to establish their own religious parameters.

The Constitution’s lack of openly religious language was because the people’s reliance on the Christian deity was assumed by the framers, and thus they felt an open reference was unnecessary.

James Madison declared that he saw the finished Constitution as a product of the finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution, George Washington viewed it as little short of a miracle, and Benjamin Franklin believed that its writing had been influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler.

On the same day Congress ratified the First Amendment, Washington, declared it “the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.”

John Adams declared, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

The founders who wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights understood our freedoms, rights and liberties were inalienable – meaning they derived from the creator of the universe, who guided their writing of the Constitution.

KEN BLINCO

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