Letter: Presidents appeared to like the Bible

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Alex Wilson says (Letters, Sept. 11) the United States wasn't founded on religious tenets and the founding fathers gave neither hoot nor holler about spiritual stuff. Maybe he's right. But, just for some balance, let's quote the presidents he mentioned.

George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." John Adams said "The Bible is the best book in the world." Thomas Jefferson added "The Bible makes the best people in the world."

Obviously these founding fathers knew better than to immorally take mythology and superstition as fact, and believe 100,000 errors. But what about some other presidents? Regarding the idea of morality without religion, Abraham Lincoln said, "But for this book we could not know right from wrong. I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man."

Regarding freedom, Ulysses S. Grant said, "The Bible is the anchor of our liberties." Regarding religion, Rutherford B. Hayes said, "The best religion the world has ever known is the religion of the Bible. It builds up all that is good." Regarding education, Theodore Roosevelt said, "No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the Bible." Andrew Jackson said, "That book, sir, is the rock upon which this republic rests."

On the other hand, the Bible is dangerous. It can be habit forming. It may change your lifestyle. Symptoms include loss of anxiety, decreased appetite for lying, cheating, stealing and hating; and increased sensations of love, joy, peace and compassion. Dare we risk it?

Guy J. Crockroft

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