'Opinions of men are not the object of government'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1941025" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Landing at Cape Henry, 1607[/caption] Thomas Jefferson wrote in his "Autobiography" (1821): "The first settlers of Virginia were Englishmen, loyal subjects to their King more…

A time when Senate affirmed faith in God

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1940835" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Prayer at First Continental Congress[/caption] U.S. Senate chaplain Barry C. Black was elected in 2003. Posted on the official U.S. Senate website is: "Chaplain's more…

America's archive reflects America's faith

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1928335" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Library of Congress[/caption] The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with over 118 million items on more than 500 miles more…

What happens when the devil quotes Scripture?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1927525" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Shakespeare with his family[/caption] The U.S. District Court decision Crockett v. Sorenson (W.D. Va. 1983) stated: "The First Amendment was never intended to more…

Sad origin of 'Amazing Grace' as Cherokee anthem

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1923335" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Trail of Tears[/caption] Gold had been discovered in Georgia in 1828, resulting in a Democrat-controlled Congress rushing through the Indian Removal Act, which passed more…

Muslim rule: 'Rags, wretchedness, poverty, dirt'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1923165" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain[/caption] "Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning 12 feet deep, was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who more…

The 'unspeakable glory' that fueled missionary

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1916025" align="aligncenter" width="600"] David Brainerd[/caption] Born in Haddam, Connecticut, April 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager. He attempted farming, but on July more…

Prayer underpinned Revolutionary War

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1915875" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Paul Revere's ride[/caption] The sun never set on the British Empire. Britain had the largest empire in world history. Out of nearly 200 countries more…

Those who fled religious oppression

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1915755" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Brewster[/caption] William Brewster is portrayed in U.S. Capitol rotunda holding an open Bible, in the painting "Embarkation of the Pilgrims." He is also more…

'Atheism is unknown here'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1904245" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Benjamin Franklin[/caption] On April 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer and more…