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The Religious Roots of the U.S. Constitution

On October 4, 1982, Congress passed Public Law 97-280, which states that "Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States;" that "the Bible is 'the rock on which our Republic rests;"' that "the history of our nation clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the Scriptures in the lives of individuals, families and societies;" that "the renewing of our knowledge of and faith in God through Holy Scripture can strengthen us as a nation;" that Congress recognizes "the normative influence the Bible has been for our nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures."