Physical evidence of America’s divine origins

I received an e-mail a while ago that had several interesting photographs of the Supreme court and proposed several facts about the presence of God and religion in our government. I’ll quote a few of them below. Keep in mind that I need to verify these. If you happen to know of the origin of the quotes, or if you can authenticate the images, please post a comment or send me a note.

As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view . it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!

moses and the ten commandments

As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.

ten commandments supreme court door

This next quote from James Madison does appear on many sites on the internet, although none of them look very authoritative. I think some research to validate this would be in order before using it extensively. Can anyone tell me where this quote originated? Was it in an official speech or something less formal?

“We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

With similar caution, Patrick Henry is purported to have said:

“It cannot be emphasized  too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by  religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of  Jesus Christ”

How far we seem to be today from the Christian roots that bolstered us as a young nation.  It ought to be of concern to every American to explore and remember these things and to reflect on how they created a strong America.

One Reply to “Physical evidence of America’s divine origins”

  1. I overheard on an old Michael Medved show today that the above pictures are in fact true. I also heard what he said was a little known story. Apparently, various displays of the ten commandments, carved in stone, which appear in court houses and schools across America, are the result of a movie promotion. The director of the movie “The Ten Commandments”, with Charlton Heston gave away some number of these during the promotion of the film that was about to be released. I’m not sure that was the case with the supreme court, but I thought is was an interesting story. The show I was listening to was in April of 2001 (it was actually a recording of him speaking at a Lutheran school somewhere).

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