How the Bible has Shaped the Advances of Our Republic

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FDR Memorial in Washington D.C. (Photo credit: Mark Pellegrini)

American Minute from William J. Federer

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born JANUARY 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, NY.

The 32nd President, he was in office longer then any other, over 12 years, serving during the Great Depression and World War II.

On October 6, 1935, FDR stated:

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“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic…

“Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”

In a Fireside Chat, March 9, 1937, FDR stated:

“I hope that you have re-read the Constitution of the United States in these past few weeks. Like the Bible, it ought to be read again and again.”

In a Campaign Address, November 1, 1940, FDR stated:


“Those forces hate democracy and Christianity as two phases of the same civilization.”

In a Radio Address, November 4, 1940, FDR stated:

“Democracy is the birthright of every citizen, the white and the colored; the Protestant, the Catholic, the Jew.”

In a Radio Address, May 27, 1941, FDR stated:

“The Nazis are as ruthless as the Communists in the denial of God.”

On January 25, 1941, FDR wrote the Foreword to a Special Military Edition of the New Testament and Book of Psalms, published by The Gideon’s International and distributed to millions of U.S. military personnel:

“The White House, Washington,
To the Armed Forces:
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.

Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.

Very sincerely yours,
Franklin D. Roosevelt”

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William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousands on the internet.
William J. Federer

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