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  • Faith: Part of the American Spirit

    In 1798, John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The American Spirit, a new book coauthored by Dr. Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, and Brian Tracy describes this common thread held between all Americans. (Article continues below)

    There are certain core American values that undergird the nation as a whole. Faith is one of those values. It contributes to our uniquely American Spirit and defines us as a people. As Feulner writes:

    What we really talk about in the Constitution is freedom “of” religion, not freedom “from” religion. And that’s very, very important not, again, to pick a certain denomination of religion, but to say faith in the Almighty is important to all of us as citizens.

    In their chapter on faith, the authors write, “Whether you choose to worship or not, or how you choose to worship, everyone benefits from the interweaving of faith into our societal fabric. To eliminate it from the public discourse would deny our history and remove a crucial component of the American Spirit.” The American Spirit emphasizes this piece of our American fabric and reminds us of the traditions we share as a nation.

    Published in hardcover and for Kindle e-readers, The American Spirit (256 pages, Thomas Nelson, 2012) is available at AmericanSpiritBook.com and at bookstores everywhere.

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    One Response to Faith: Part of the American Spirit

    1. Bobbie says:

      it's government undermining faith to forcefully involve themselves at a cost (period) but when unlimited, can be higher than the charities establish. What's between God and man calls for no outside government and therefore man involves no outside government. Man's good deeds doesn't come from government and government has no judgment over man's good deeds. government interference is between God and man as charity comes from the heart not government rule by force or government force by rule which is what taxing the rich and obamacare are or is! Inference by abusive force. Mocking faith to promote (without good faith,) charities people are fully capable of handling without government. People wouldn't have gotten as far as we have without each other and the natural attachment we have as human life. We learn truth from each other that government interests teaches by distortion. Faith is a part of the American spirit that's always come from within ones own self control, not government control!

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