“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” Noah Webster
The phrase – “separation of church and state” apparently was not seen in the constitution by Noah Webster. As a matter of fact we find a quote about elections that we should heed today.
“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” -History of United States by Noah Webster.
He is teaching that God should be involved in the affairs of government. This is quite contrary to what some would have us believe today. Of course the ignorance of this man that began the first newspaper and put together the first dictionary of 70,000 words is astounding. His knowledge was extremely limited, even if he did attend Yale at the age of 16 and did go to law school. This man, no doubt was better educated than 75% of our college graduates today. Technorati Tags: Noah Webster, God, government, corrupt