Words from Our Presidents: Reagan on Conscience

As part of a series entitled Words from Our Presidents we are bringing you different from quotes from U.S. Presidents on religious liberty and individual freedom. Today we have a quote from President Reagan’s 1984 address at the Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Texas.

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“We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions.”

President Ronald Reagan
August 23, 1984

Words from Our Presidents: Eisenhower on Our Shared Convictions

As part of a series entitled Words from Our Presidents we are bringing you different from quotes from U.S. Presidents on religious liberty and individual freedom. Today we have a quote from President Eisenhower on how our nation’s convictions are rooted in faith.

“Basic to our democratic civilization are the principles and convictions that have bound us together as a nation. Among these are personal liberty, human rights, and the dignity of man. All these have their roots in a deeply held religious faith — in a belief in God.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower
June 4, 1958

Words from Our Presidents: Gerald Ford on Church and State

As part of a series entitled Words from Our Presidents, every Tuesday we are bringing you different from quotes from U.S. Presidents on religion, religious liberty, and individual freedom. Today we have a quote from President Gerald Ford’s address at the¬†National Religious¬†Broadcasters’ 32nd Annual Congressional Breakfast.

“But the separation of church and state, although a fundamental principle to which I fully subscribe, was never intended in my view to separate public morality from public policy”

President Gerald Ford
January 28, 1975

Words from Our Presidents: Reagan on a Nation “Without God”

As part of a series entitled Words from Our Presidents we are bringing you different from quotes from U.S. Presidents on religious liberty and individual freedom. Today we have a quote from President Reagan’s 1984 address at the Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Texas.

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“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

President Ronald Reagan
August 23, 1984

Words from Our Presidents: Bush, Sr., on the Freedom of Religion

As part of a series entitled Words from Our Presidents we are bringing you different from quotes from U.S. Presidents on religion, religious liberty, and individual freedom. Today we have a quote from President George H. W. Bush’s remarks to the National Association of Evangelicals in Chicago, Illinois, from March 3, 1992.

“Some people seem to believe that freedom of religion requires government to keep our lives free from religion. Well, I believe they’re just plain wrong. Our government was founded on faith. Government must never promote a religion, of course, but it is duty bound to promote religious liberty. And it must never put the believer at a disadvantage because of his belief.”

President George H. W. Bush
March 3, 1992