"The Constitution promises freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. We are after all not just another nation, but 'one nation under God.' "
"Faith and the values that flow from it were central to the founding of this country. They have always shaped and stirred our national conscience. And now, at this moment of moral uncertainty, I believe our best hope for rekindling the American spirit and renewing our common values is to have faith again. Not just in our hearts but in our communities. Not just in our private places of worship, but in our public spaces of conversation. And not just in our separate beliefs, but in our common commitment to our common purposes as Americans."
"America is the first nation that was founded not just as a set of borders, but a set of ideals that we are all created equal by God, that we are all endowed by our creator with inalienable rights, that we should all be free to pursue our dreams and realize the potential God [that] gave every one of us..."
"This is something the Founders understood implicitly and wrote explicitly into the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They were men of profound faith and recognized as such the necessity of religion in a free society."
"[The Founders] were saying [that] our ideas, the inviolability of our rights, and the mission of our republic were inextricably linked to our belief in God and a higher law ... They knew that our experiment in self-government was contingent on our faith in the Creator who endowed us with the alienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"We are still arguably the most religiously observant people on earth and still share a near universal belief in God. But you wouldn't know it from our national public life today. The line between church and state is an important one and has always been critical for us to draw, but in recent years we have gone far beyond what the Framers ever imagined in separating the two..."
"This shared interfaith concern [over secularism and nonbelief] is about consequences, the price we have paid for our moral ambivalence. By driving religion from the public square, we have gone a long way toward dislodging our values from their mooring in moral truth. The tablets that Moses brought down from the top of Mount Sinai were not the Ten Suggestions, as Ted Koppel has pointed out, they were the Ten Commandments. But more and more people feel free to pick and choose from them..."
This would be Joe Lieberman in 2000, of course. Seems so very long ago...
[HT: American Atheists. They're looking for a new editor for their website, I see, EA. You'd be ace.]