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January 23, 2013

Historical facts speak to our founding based on religion

Jeremy Gosnell, educated by people who just repeat what the last person said, states that America wasn’t founded on religion or the Bible. (“History says America wasn’t founded on religion and the Bible,” Jan. 20 Times-News)

Historical fact says otherwise. This is from the Library of Congress web-site.

“Congressional Fast Day Proclamation

Congress proclaimed days of fasting and of thanksgiving annually throughout the Revolutionary War. This proclamation by Congress set May 17, 1776, as a “day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer” throughout the colonies. Congress urges its fellow citizens to “confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his [God’s] righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness.”

The next year there was a Congressional Thanksgiving Day proclamation, which stated in part, “join the penitent confession of their manifold sins ... that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance.”

More from the Library of Congress web-site.

The war with Britain cut off the supply of Bibles to the United States with the result that on Sept. 11, 1777, Congress instructed its Committee of Commerce to import 20,000 Bibles from “Scotland, Holland or elsewhere.” These are historical facts.

Chuck Bean

Markleysburg, Pa.

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