Must morality be tied to religion in America?

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Secular humanist teach that America can have morality without religion. These strive to remove Christianity from the public sector claiming that morality is distinct from religion. But is that true? Who is the source of human morality? The Creator of the human race is the Source of objective morality. Otherwise, morality would be the product of humans and it will vary greatly as each person (whether good or bad) decides to be his own god and do what is right in his eye. Obviously, the outcome would be totally and complete social anarchy.

George Washington dismissed the “morality-without-religion” theory in his last farewell address to the nation after serving America for two terms as president:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric? (1796, emp. added).

America was built on the moral principles of Christianity. To forsake the Christian religion is to forsake the moral principles that is taught in that religion. Those that try to remove Christian morality out of America don’t understand that the freedoms and rights we have today are the principles that are taught in the Bible. These principles are the reason for America being a great nation.  But once these principles are abandoned, America will experience a fall. Once we dismiss the rights of people that are given by the Creator, America will no longer be the land for the free “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

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