This is a discussion of FDR’s Christian foundations when speaking to the American people. From Steve Hayward at Powerline. His aim is to get PDT to quote FDR along religious lines. Think how this might stew a few minds.
FDR, an Episcopalian, made the kind of remarks about religion that send the American Civil Liberties Union into paroxysms of rage when someone like George W. Bush or Sarah Palin say the same thing today. Democracy and Christianity, he said, were “two phases of the same civilization.” “We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation,” he said, “without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic.” During World War II FDR wrote a preface for an edition of the New Testament that was distributed to American troops: “As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.” On the eve of the 1940 election, FDR said in a radio address: “Freedom of speech is of no use to a man who has nothing to say and freedom of worship is of no use to a man who has lost his God.” On June 6, 1944, FDR led the nation in prayer for our armed forces on live radio, and in his final inaugural address in 1945 he said, “So we pray to Him for the vision to see our way clearly … to achievement of His will.” Today’s liberals would regard these statements and acts as grounds for impeachment.
And really, are all Democrats now atheist? Are they anti-religious? Have they all lost their God? These are people with whom there is no possibility of communication. Whether they know it or not, they have lost their way and for whom there is no salvation. They may think there is an answer in politics, but on this they are absolutely wrong and for whom there is no way forward other than into a wilderness.