“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports… And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education … reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.” George Washington, from his Farewell Address
Powerful words, and a great antidote to the current campaign of atheists nationwide to remove any mention of God from the public square.
Perhaps this thread could be dedicated to any atheists who want to dispute Washington’s view on the necessary connection between morality and religion.
Let’s begin with the following question to atheists/agnostics:
Do you believe that morality is a necessary spring for the public welfare?
If so, how would you create a national consensus of right and wrong (which is needed to enforce any law) in the absence of religion?