“Bad men cannot make good citizens.
It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.
A vitiated [debased - ed.] state of morals, a corrupted public conscience is incompatible with freedom [FREEeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-----------DOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - ed.].
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 [sound doctrine - ed.].”
— Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, Give me liberty or give me death. But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted.
Here is what he said:
“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
These sentences have now been erased from our textbooks.
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Was Patrick Henry a Christian? These are the words he wrote shortly before his death:
“I have disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give to them, and that is the Christian religion. If they had that and I had not given them one cent, they would be rich. If they have not that, and I had given them the world, they would be poor.”