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In modern America, we see two vastly different and competing philosophies and views about where America came from and where we should be going as a nation. On the one hand, some (like the NCLL) believe America has a rich Godly heritage which we need to preserve, because that heritage is what has made America the greatest nation in the history of the world. On the other hand, there are those who believe (in error, from our perspective) that America was founded as a secular nation, where church and state should be completely separate. These folks are very adamant that religion is a divisive and problematic force in America and that religion should be a private matter—not something that American public policy should take into consideration. Their idea of religious liberty is that people should be privately free to believe whatever they want to believe, but should keep their religious beliefs out of the public arena.
The reality is that this second, secularist philosophy is not at all what our founders intended and not what the earliest Americans understood to be the role of religion in this new nation. This month’s Free Resource from the NCLL, One Nation Under God, examines a few facts you may not know about the impact of Christianity and the Bible in America's early years—facts that were instrumental in bringing about the events that led to our independence from the British, which we celebrate every July 4 as Independence Day. These are the kinds of facts that we need to know so we can teach them to our children and grandchildren. If we don’t pass on the real history of America, what the next generations learn will not be truth—it will be watered-down, politically-correct perversions of the real events, and a belittling of the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those who gave everything so we could be free. If we don’t know and teach the truth, the real story will be completely eradicated from the telling of American history.
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