[An] oath – the strongest of religious ties. JAMES MADISON, SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION
Did George Washington Actually Say “So Help Me God” During His Inauguration?
A report by David Barton, Wall Builders has released some significant evidence that the practice of saying, “So Help me God” did in fact date back to the time of George Washington.
As shown on these photos of documents from Wall Builders…clearly, using the phrase “So help me God” (as well as placing one’s hand on and then kissing the Bible) was established legal practice throughout the Founding Era.
I highly recommend you read the report here: http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=102750#R17
That inauguration occurred in New York City, which served as the nation’s capital during the first year of the new federal government. The preparations had been extensive; everything had been well planned.
[O]n the morning of the day on which our illustrious President will be invested with his office, the bells will ring at nine o’clock, when the people may go up to the house of God and in a solemn manner commit the new government, with its important train of consequences, to the holy protection and blessing of the Most High. An early hour is prudently fixed for this peculiar act of devotion and . . . is designed wholly for prayer. 17The Daily Advertiser, New York, Thursday, April 23, 1789, p. 2
This from Wall Builders website: “In December 2008 following the election of Barack Obama as president, noted atheist Michael Newdow filed suit to prohibit religious acknowledgments or activities from being part of the inaugural ceremonies, specifically seeking to halt the inclusion of “So help me God” as part of the presidential oath as well as halt inaugural prayers by clergy. 2
Newdow has an established record of bringing suits to eradicate long-standing public religious practices, including to:
- remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance 3
- eliminate “In God We Trust” (the National Motto) from coins and currency 4
- prohibit California textbooks from mentioning Biblical events found in Genesis 1-3 5
- exclude clergy prayers from presidential inaugurations 6
- reverse the time-honored tax exemptions for housing provided by churches to clergy 7
- abolish chaplains hired by Congress 8