This is an archive of the old Stones Cry Out site. For the current site, click here.

« Behind the Information Curve | Main | Love Divine: The Atlanta Sacred Chorale Sings at Emory »

February 28, 2005

State Constitutions: Grateful to God

All fifty state constitutions include a reference to God, most in the preamble. A sampling:

California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom ...

Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings ... establish this Constitution ...

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe... in the course of His Providence, an opportunity ... and devoutly imploring His direction ...

North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for ... our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those ...

The rest are here.

Posted by Jim at February 28, 2005 01:32 PM

Trackback Pings

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference State Constitutions: Grateful to God:

» Nah, God is Not Important in this Country from Blogotional
Think that'll keep the ACLU busy for a while? [Read More]

Tracked on February 28, 2005 08:23 PM

» Separation of God and State? from Moscow Education (Idaho)
[Read More]

Tracked on March 1, 2005 11:33 AM

» Separation of God and State from Right Mind
[Read More]

Tracked on March 1, 2005 01:46 PM


A great book on this subject is Original Intent: The Courts, The Constitution and Religion by David Barton. He examines the role that Christianity played in the founding of our country. He goes into great detail how this is reflected not only in the U. S. Constitution but in the state Constitutions as well as many of the writings of the Founding Fathers. It also explores how the Supreme Court has distorted the original intent of the Constitution over the years particularly in the area of separation of church and state.

Posted by: Daddypundit at February 28, 2005 02:26 PM

Beware, now that you put that out there, the ACLU is going to want states to change their constitutions.

Posted by: Paula Whidden at February 28, 2005 05:52 PM

For me, I personally have a problem with a state thanking God in their constitution for land that they stole.

Posted by: Ray Grieselhuber at March 1, 2005 09:03 PM