Constitutional Convention – Benjamin Franklin, July 28, 1787

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benjamin-franklin“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.  Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered.  All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

“And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?  Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?  I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God Governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity.  We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.”  I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

“I therefore beg leave to move – that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.”

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…”

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patrick-henry2On MARCH 23, 1775, Patrick Henry told the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond’s St. John’s Church:

“I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery…
We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm….
Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence…

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!

“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

Edmund Burke, Genius

Source: American Minute (http://www.americanminute.com/index.php?date=01-12&view=View)

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born JANUARY 12, 1729. He was considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons.  Burke stands out in history for, as a member of the British Parliament, he defended the rights of the American colonies and strongly opposed the slave trade.

Edmund Burke wrote in his Will:  “First, according to the ancient, good, and laudable custom, of which my heart and understanding recognize the propriety, I bequeath my soul to God, hoping for His mercy through the only merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

When America’s Revolutionary War began, Edmund Burke addressed Parliament with a Second Speech on the Conciliation with America, March 22, 1775:

“The people are Protestants; and of that kind which is the most adverse to all implicit submission of mind and opinion. This is a persuasion not only favorable to liberty, but built upon it…”

Edmund Burke continued:

“All Protestantism…is a sort of dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our Northern Colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance; it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.”

Edmund Burke is quoted in The Works and Correspondence of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Volume VI:

“The Scripture…is a most remarkable, but most multifarious, collection of the records of the Divine economy; a collection of an infinite variety of theology, history, prophecy, psalmody, morality, allegory, legislation, carried through different books, by different authors, at different ages, for different ends and purposes.”

In 1789, the French Revolution started with the motto “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.”

Robespierre, who led France’s “Committee of Public Safety,” gave a Speech to the National Convention, February 5, 1794, titled “Terror Justified.”Robespierre stated he would:  “…lead the people by means of reason and…by terror…  Terror is nothing else than swift, severe, indomitable justice; it flows, then, from virtue.”Talleyrand, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, demanded the U.S. pay millions in bribes to stop France from raiding American ships. He stated: “Speech was given to man to conceal his thought.”Over 40,000 were beheaded in Paris’ Reign of Terror and over 250,000 were massacred in the Vendée, a Catholic area of northwest France. All churches were closed; religious monuments destroyed; graves desecrated; crosses forbidden; public and private worship and education were outlawed. It was an intentional campaign to dechristianize French society, replacing it with a civic religion of state worship.  Robespierre placed a prostitute in Notre Dame Cathedral, covered her with a sheet, and called her the goddess of reason.


First to be beheaded were King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, but when the country’s situation did not improve, Robespierre accused all the royalty, who were then beheaded.  When the situation did not improve, the next to be beheaded were the wealthy, followed by business owners, farmers and those who hoarded food.


When the situation did not improve, the religious clergy were beheaded, being accused of holding the nation back from achieving a secular secular society. Priests and ministers, along with those who harbored them, were executed on sight.  When the situation did not improve, they beheaded those disloyal to the revolution – those who had grown tired of the beheadings.

Finally Robespierre himself was beheaded, and Napoleon began his rise toward dictatorship.


In “A Letter to a Member of the National Assembly,” 1791, Edmund Burke wrote:


“What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?  It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without restraint.

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as they are disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good in preference to the flattery of knaves…”

Edmund Burke continued: “Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

In Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790, Edmund Burke wrote:  “People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”

On January 9, 1795, in a letter to William Smith, Edmund Burke stated:  “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Where We’ve Been

Faith of our Fathers (FOOF) began in October 2011 when leaders in the church we attend (Upper Arlington Lutheran Church) challenged my husband and I to start a group for American patriots, since I expressed the need for such a group and none existed.  Our initial study surrounded David Barton’s “American Heritage” series published by Wallbuilders.com.  Several of our members attended a Colson Center conference in the spring of 2012, where we acquired Breakpoint’s “Breaking the Spiral of Silence” – during the early summer we viewed this in conjunction with clips from Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Love” Dallas event from July 2012, which several FOOFers attended together.

The group then pooled together and bought American Family Studios “Speechless: Silencing the Christians” for our late summer/early fall sessions.  Interspersed in this series we also viewed several movies/documentaries including: Kirk Cameroon’s “Monumental;” Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment;” Glenn Beck’s “The Project;” and the exhilarating action epic “For Greater Glory.”

Our chosen winter 2013 series is Focus on the Family’s “The Truth Project.”  More about this series can be found on their website (http://www.thetruthproject.org) and elsewhere on this site (https://foofohio.wordpress.com/truth).

We have many series to choose from, and hope to hit upon the topics that excite and inspire Christian Americans to stand up for their faith against ever increasing indifference and open hostility!  We strive to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ!

For God, Country and Freedom!

Julie and Bob Klusty