Quick Quote: Patrick Henry on Civil Government and Morality

Yesterday I posted a quoted by Thomas Jefferson about the necessary foundation of a free society. Today I found a quote from another notable anti-Federalist, Patrick Henry, on the connection between civil government and morality:

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolators should be a nation of freemen. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”

Reminds me of Ravi Zacharias’ point about the ontological focal point of morality and how loosing it has had corrupting effects on society.


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