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THE SUPREME COURT

Introduction
What is an American?
THE US CAPITOL
THE US CONGRESS
THE SUPREME COURT
THE PRESIDENCY
The Preambles to the Constitutions of the States
Judeo - Christian Heritage
BIBLE OF THE REVOLUTION
SPECIAL: Two Monuments You Probably Never Heard Of
SPECIAL: VETERANS
Other Sources
OTHER THOUGHTS
The Manhattan Declaration
Music
FIREWORKS
Links and Suggestions
World Clock

The Spiritual Heritage of the Supreme Court

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Sculpture of Moses holding Ten Comandments at US Supreme Court

Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament be read and taught as a divine revelation in the school? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament? United States Supreme Court, 1844
 
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." First Chief Justice of Supreme Court John Jay

" ...It is to be regretted, but so I believe the fact to be , that except the Bible there is not a true history in the world..." John Jay, January 1, 1813

" Accept my thanks for your friendly letter of the 17th ult., and for the sermon and report which accopmanied it. Whether the religion permits Christians to vote for infidel rulers, is a question which merits more consideration than it seems to have generally received... Although the mere expediency of public measures may not be a proper subject for the pulpit, yet , in my opinion, it is the right and duty of our pastors to press for the observance of all moral and religious duties, and to animadvert on every course of conduct that may be repugnant to them..." John Jay in a letter to John Bristed, april 23, 1811

"Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine....Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other."James Wilson, a signer of the Constitution and an original Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States has given us a nice survey of the Christian history of America (Click here to read)

Religious Affiliation of All U.S. Supreme Court Justices

Affiliation # of
Justices
% of
Justices
% of U.S.
population,
2000
Episcopalian 35 32.4% 1.7%
Presbyterian 19 17.6% 2.8%
Catholic 11 10.2% 24.5%
Unitarian 10 9.3% 0.2%
Jewish 7 6.4% 1.5%
Methodist 5 4.6% 8.0%
Baptist 3 2.7% 18.0%
Congregationalist 2 1.9% 0.6%
Disciples of Christ 2 1.9% 0.3%
Lutheran 1 0.9% 5.2%
Quaker 1 0.9% 0.1%
Huguenot 1 0.9%  
"Protestant" not further defined 13 12.0% * 9.7%
Not a member of any church 1 0.9%  
Total 108 100.0% 74.4%

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 We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.' -  James Madison
 
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours? — I Kings 3:9

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