Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the first Founding Father to call for free public schools.  He, too, emphasized the importance of character development and morality.  He said, “The only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government…is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book above all others favors ...respect for just laws."  Benjamin Rush also asserted that if the Bible was removed from public schools, we would see an explosion of crime.  As the years have progressed, Benjamin Rush’s prediction has transpired before our very eyes.


John Adams stated, "Our form of government was made only for a moral and religious people.  Laws cannot address the heart, the actual source of misbehavior."



 George Washington signed a law that declared schools were to teach religion, morality,and knowledge which was "necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind."  In Washington's Farewell Address, he stated that if religious principles were excluded, the nation's morality and our political prosperity would also suffer.