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Do you think John Adams was right?

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other"

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Asked by Carpy at 7:57 PM on Jun. 2, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • In his day maybe. But I see no morals and a bunch of hypocrits now. He would be ashamed!

    Answer by Kathy675 at 8:00 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • Yes I do. John Adams understood that the US Constitution was built with the 10 Commandments at its center. It was a shadow of the Mayflower Compact which was based on religion. I know people want so badly for it to be otherwise; however, the Pilgrims formed a way to govern themselves so far from England. They were deeply religious. Any 'contract' they would enter into had to be based on religion. Religion was the center of most lives during this time. John Adams believed this.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:02 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • Jesse, I could not agree more with what you said.

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 8:04 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • That statememt is confusing.
    DOes he say that the consttution is a religious tract meant for a nation of only religious citizens???? And that if some of the people of America are not religious that they are not worthy?
    that the Constitution is not complete enough to cover the needs of ALL citizens? Or WHAT?
    But ---that was written by Adams a few centuries ago. DO we need to live in the past?

    Answer by minnesotanice at 8:05 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • No. The Constitution was made for the nation and everyone in it , regardless of their morality and religion . The US was not intended to be a theocracy even in Adams ' day any more than it is now.

    Answer by janet116 at 8:12 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • Moral and religious do not necessarily go hand in hand. Google S t Raymond's Parish Menlo Park, CA- Father Myers 6/1/11 for an example.

    IMO, a government can exist and follow the COTUS without delving into religious dogma. I guess I have to disagree, especially with the basic notion that those who are religious are also moral and conversely those who do not ascribe to a particular religious dogma are not.


    Answer by Sisteract at 8:12 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • The statement is not at all confusing. Basically he is saying is a Republic can only function in a nation that is virtuous. But virtue requires morality and morality requires religion or at least a belief in a higher power to which we will ultimately be accountable.

    Ben Franklin (an admitted diest) stated, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of a master".

    Are YOU saying that the constitution is worthless and does not need to be adhered to?

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 8:14 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • The US was not intended to be a theocracy even in Adams ' day any more than it is now.

    They never claimed it to be a theocracy, nor did they design it to be.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 8:21 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • No- Morality has nothing to do with religion.


    Answer by mommom2000 at 8:21 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • Yes.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 8:37 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

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