Month: October 2009

Congress Approves Bible Publishing

Here is something that most people don’t know. The Continental Congress approved of the printing of a Bible.

September 12, 1782
The committee, consisting of Mr. [James] Duane, Mr. [Thomas] McKean and Mr. [John] Witherspoon, to whom was referred a petition memorial of Robert Aitken, printer, dated 21 January, 1781, respecting an edition of the holy scriptures, report, That Mr. Aitken has at a great expence now finished an American edition of the holy scriptures in English; that the committee have, from time to time, conferred with him attended to his progress in the work: that they also recommended it …

First Continental Congress Prayer

First Prayer in Congress
Rev. Jacob Duche
September 7, 1774

O – Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech thee, on these our American States, who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee, to Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; …

A day of public humiliation, fasting and prayer.. X 15

Did you know that between June 1775 and October 1783 that the Continental Congress declared 15 days of Fasting and Prayer. That is a large number of days considering that the constitution was not penned by a religious membership. These have been taken directly from the “Journals of the Contenental Congress“. Please read some of these. After reading them, you cannot say that they do not believe in the influence and help of an Almighty God. Some of them are asking for protection and guidence, while some of them are days of Thanksgiving.

June 12th, 1775

This Congress, therefore, considering …

Interesting Study

I have been reading up on the Constitution and Founding Fathers, for the last year or so, and found reference to a study. (Since I get accused of not going to the source, I found the source and purchased the book the study is in.) The study was done by Donald S. Lutz, and can be found in the book called “The Origins of American Constitutionalism”.

Here is the jest of the study. Lutz took all the documents he could find that were authored by the Founding Fathers. He then looked for all the instances they quoted someone. He found …

Know Your Constitution – Bruce R. McConkie

From an series of articles posted in The Deseret News, 19 March 1945 – 10 April 1945 by Bruce R. McConkie. During the previous 20 days, I have posted each of these articles. This is a list of the articles, with a link to their text on this blog.

The Unknown Constitution The Convention Which Framed It The Men Who Made It The People Who Adopted It The People Rule Democracy Attempts Suicide These Inalienable Rights Belong To All Mankind Americans Have Their Rights You Have The Right To Work Shall It Be Jehovah Or Baal “Privilege Of Speech…

It Is A Rising Sun (20 of 20)

“The chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania, the Honorable Benjamin Franklin.”

It is the 17th of September in 1787, and the venerable Franklin at the age of 81 years has arisen to give his final benediction to that document which the delegates are about to sign, the Constitution of the United States of America.

“Sir,” began Franklin, addressing himself to George Washington, “for four months I have been observing that picture painted on the high arch of your chair. More than anyone in this chamber I have gazed at carvings and paintings of artists of all lands. In the …

The People Change Their Government (19 of 20)

Is it too hard or too easy to amend the Constitution?

There have been over 3000 joint resolutions introduced in the Congress calling for amendments but less than 30 of these have been adopted by the necessary two-thirds vote of both houses, and only 21 have been ratified by the states.

The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were all adopted within two years of the original acceptance of the Constitution. Eight of the original states adopted the Constitution only after receiving positive assurances that a Bill of Rights would be proposed immediately.

The 11th amendment concerning …

Has Congress Failed Us? (18 of 20)

The rights and privileges of the people are restricted. The fault lies with Congress. The supreme Court holds that the federal government has power to regulate insurance on the basis that it is interstate commerce. The Congress is guilty. The president issues executive decrees having the force of law and these decrees deprive men of their right to civil trial by jury. It is Congress that has betrayed the American people.

Congress ought to be the strongest branch of the government, and the guarantor of the rights of the people. congress represents the people. All legislative powers of the federal …

Bureaucracy Comes of Age (17 of 20)

“The influence of the crown has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.

This was a resolution directed by the House of Commons in 1780 against the tremendously popular George II. Translated into a modern objection in this nation it would read. “The influence of the federal government and therefore of bureaucracy, has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.”

The centralizing of the powers of government is equally bad in any age. The development of the common law has been the process of de-centralizing the government from a sovereign to the people. One of the basic principles …

The Congress Shall Have Power (16 of 20)

“Be it enacted by the Congress of the United States that the Mohammedan religion shall be the only lawful one in this nation. All persons whomsoever shall pray 3 times a day kneeling toward Mecca, and one billion dollars is hereby appropriated for the support of this religion and the enforcement of this law.”

Improbable and facetious, you say; and you are right. But if there were no constitutional prohibition, the Congress could legally enact such a law. The Constitution which is the supreme law of the land and therefore a higher law than the statutes passed by Congress provides …