Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty of as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for its rulers.
- John Jay, first Chief Justice
By our form of government the Christian Religion is the established Religion, and all sects and denominations of Christians are set on the same equal footing.
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1796
Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1811
The purest principles of morality are to be taught. Where are they found? Whoever searches for them must go to the source from which a Christian man derives his faith the Bible.
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1844
Our law and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind … it is impossible that it should be otherwise and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1892
At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect…. There can be no substitute for Christianity … that was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. The great, vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- The U.S. House Judiciary Committee Report, 1853