Essay George Washington 's Speech On Religion And Morality

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Does morality in the United States depend on the teaching of religious principles in the education system? Many of our founding fathers indicated that national morality could only be maintained with a firm foundation of religious principles. George Washington in his farewell address stressed the importance of religion saying, “Religion and morality are indispensible supports… let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion… reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” While George Washington is talking specifically about religion influencing national morality, the following quotes moves the question firmly into the classroom. Founding father and a signer of the constitution, Benjamin Rush, stated that, “Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.” Lastly, Abraham Lincoln himself states that, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” If our founding fathers are correct then why have we seen a great move since 1962 to rid the school system of everything that suggests religion? (We Still Hold These Truths, 2012)
The United States was once a leader in education and considered one of the best educated countries of the time. The Ten Commandments were in many classrooms and bible verses had been commonly read every day by teachers…

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