No Bible in Public Policy? Tell That to Washington, Jefferson, et al.

To suggest that scripture has no place in public policy, as stated last week by a prominent NBC News anchor, is to demonstrate an ignorance – perhaps even a willful ignorance – of the role of the Bible in America’s founding. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell tweeted recently that “the notion of using biblical verses to justify [President Trump’s immigration policy is] morally wrong” – and that “biblical verses don’t have a place in public policy.” Dr. Alex McFarland of Truth for a New Generation says it’s just dead wrong. “To say that the Bible doesn’t have a place in shaping public policy? [I guess] the Founding Fathers didn’t get that memo.” The Christian apologist and educator says the nation’s founders directly quote, allude to, or reference scripture in almost all of their writings leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. “The people who referenced the Bible as our philosophical foundation would include Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington, [Dwight D.] Eisenhower, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Judge Rehnquist, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan – not to mention a certain Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” he notes.
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