A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men?
Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society, corrupting the Morals of Youth, and by his bad example injuring the very Country he professes to patronize more than he can possibly compensate by intrepidity, generosity and honour?
Scriptures tell us ‘righteousness exalteth a Nation.’
Abigail Adams, (wife of the 2nd President and mother of the 6th President), letter to Mercy Otis Warren on NOVEMBER 5, 1775