“Statesmen may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.”–John Adams, letter to Zabdiel Adams (21 June 1776)
The above are timeless quotations from two great men who will never be “canceled,” God-willing! Both understood the importance of God and Judeo-Christian beliefs as the bedrock principles of Western civilization. Let us explore that presumption further.
Governments have been organized that reflect, monitor, and control the cultural norms of the people governed. Logic dictates that those governments would also implement and enforce those cultural norms from a different philosophical framework, partly shaped by their respective religious philosophies. And indeed, that is the case.
The United States was formed as the pinnacle of Western Civilization with a Constitution and body of laws informed and shaped by centuries of political and religious-philosophical analysis. The US grew exclusively from Judeo-Christian roots. Over the last 80 or so years, we have been “convinced” by secularists that Judeo-Christian values have no play in modern America, especially in the public square. But that is not the way the Founders saw it. On the contrary, references to God and the Divine are thoroughly infused in their political and personal writings. And the Constitution they wrote, the government they formed, and the institutions they established were meant to be operated by and for a moral people, as defined by those Judeo-Christian principles.
If you do not believe this to be true, then you need to read, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, by Benjamin Morris.