(Baptist Press) Scripture has had a tremendous influence on the rights of citizens throughout American history, two historians said at a recent Washington, D.C., forum.

(“The Bible permeated both private expressions and the public announcements of those who shaped the new nation and its political institutions,” said Daniel Dreisbach, an author and a law professor at American University.

The Founding Fathers were not as religiously conventional as history textbooks make them out to be, he said.

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