Deep in the heart of this nation’s history and in this nation’s future, we are acutely aware that we cannot be a free nation without the blessings of the Almighty … In my oath of office and with my hand on my Bible, I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of Colorado, ending with the words, ‘so help me, God.’ If my last words were beseeching the assistance of a higher being, why would it surprise or offend anyone if we begin each meeting asking for direction and wisdom as we govern?
~ Peggy Littleton [new Commissioner for El Paso County, Colo.], in a statement after verbal attacks by atheists for her suggestion to start all meetings with prayer.
Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education of minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
~ George Washington