Thomas Jefferson was born APRIL 13, 1743. He was baptized in the Anglican Church. His father died when he was 14 years old. In 1760, he began attending the College of William and Mary, where he was educated by Anglican ministers and professors.
“The Great War” began in 1914 between Germany and its allies, against England and France and their allies. Battles were fought in Europe, Africa, the Pacific Islands, China, off the coasts of South and North America, and in the Middle East...
Lockdowns on Virginia Baptists shaped James Madison’s views on Freedom of Conscience
In times of crisis, people turn to Christ, and following the crisis of the French and Indian War, there was a move towards religion in the colonies. Virginia’s government, though, was established Anglican and imposed strict lockdowns on unapproved church gatherings. A Virginia historical marker reads: “John Weatherford’s Grave … Baptist Preacher … and early advocate of religious liberty, jailed for five months … for unlicensed preaching. His release was secured by Patrick Henry.”
On March 15, 1984, the U.S. Senate voted down children praying in public schools. President Ronald Reagan said: “I am deeply disappointed that, although a majority of the Senate voted for it, the school prayer amendment fell short.”
On September 25, 1982, Reagan said: “Unfortunately, in the last two decades we’ve experienced an onslaught of such twisted logic that if Alice were visiting America, she might think she’d never left Wonderland. We’re told that it somehow violates the rights of others to permit students in a school who desire to pray to do so. Clearly, this infringes on the freedom of those who choose to pray, the freedom taken for granted since the time of our Founding Fathers …”
Forefathers sacrificed their PROSPERITY for their POSTERITY — the “UNBORN MILLIONS”
The Founding Fathers sacrificed their PROSPERITY for their POSTERITY. After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife:
“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration … Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that POSTERITY will triumph in that days transaction, even although we should rue (regret) it, which I trust in God we shall not.”
IN GOD WE TRUST National Motto: Francis Scott Key’s anthem & his fight to free slaves
In 1820, a U.S. revenue cutter captured the slave ship Antelope off the coast of Florida with nearly 300 African slaves.
Francis Scott Key was the defense counsel for the Africans, many of whom were just young teenagers.
Key had come from a wealthy slave-holding family in Maryland, but as with many leaders after the Revolution, his views evolved to advocating for an end of slavery.Key fought to free the slaves of the Antelope, spending his own time and money in an expensive legal battle that dragged on for seven years.
Arguing their case before the Supreme Court in 1825, Francis Scott Key, as recorded by Henry S. Foote: “… greatly surpassed the expectations of his most admiring friends … Key closed with … an electrifying picture of the horrors connected with the African slave trade.”
First President’s Day – George Washington’s Birthday
Presidents’ Day is actually Washington’s birthday, recognized by an Act of Congress for government offices in Washington, D.C., in 1879, and for all federal offices in 1885. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act to create more three-day weekends moved the observance of Washington’s birthday to the third Monday in February…