American Minute with Bill Federer NOV 20 - 'I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just'
American Minute with Bill Federer
NOV 20 - 'I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just'-Thomas Jefferson
The longest serving member of the United States Congress was Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, who was born NOVEMBER 20, 1917.
Elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1953, and serving in the Senate from 1959-2010, he never lost an election.
On June 27, 1962, just two days after the Supreme Court stopped school prayer, Senator Robert Byrd addressed Congress:
"Inasmuch as our greatest leaders have shown no doubt about God's
proper place in the American birthright, can we, in our day, dare do
In no other place in the United States are there so
many, and such varied official evidences of deep and abiding faith in
God on the part of Government as there are in Washington....
Every session of the House and the Senate begins with prayer. Each house has its own chaplain..."
Senator Robert Byrd continued:
"The 83rd Congress set aside a small room in the Capitol, just off the
rotunda, for the private prayer and meditation of members of Congress.
The room is always open when Congress is in session, but it is not open
to the public.
The room's focal point is a stained glass window showing George
Washington kneeling in prayer. Behind him is etched these words from
Psalm 16:1: 'Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.'.."
Senator Byrd went on:
"Inside the rotunda is a picture of the Pilgrims about to embark from
Holland on the sister ship of the Mayflower, the Speedwell.
ship's revered chaplain, Brewster, who later joined the Mayflower, has
open on his lap the Bible. Very clear are the words, 'the New Testament
according to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.'
On the sail is the motto of the Pilgrims, 'In God We Trust, God With Us.'
The phrase, 'In God We Trust,' appears opposite the President of the Senate, who is the Vice-President of the United States.
The same phrase, in large words inscribed in the marble, backdrops the Speaker of the House of Representatives..."
Senator Byrd added:
"Above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are the Ten
Commandments, with the great American eagle protecting them.
Moses is included among the great lawgivers in Herman A MacNeil's marble sculpture group on the east front.
The crier who opens each session closes with the words, 'God save the United States and this Honorable Court.'
Engraved on the metal on the top of the Washington Monument are the words: 'Praise be to God.'
Lining the walls of the stairwell are such biblical phrases as 'Search
the Scriptures,' 'Holiness to the Lord,' 'Train up a child in the way
he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.'
Numerous quotations from Scripture can be found within its (the Library of Congress) walls.
One reminds each American of his responsibility to his Maker: 'What
doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and love mercy and walk
humbly with thy God'(Micah 6:8).
Another in the lawmaker's library preserves the Psalmist's
acknowledgment that all nature reflects the order and beauty of the
Creator, 'The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament
showeth His handiwork' (Psalm 19:1).
And still another reference: 'The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not' (John 1:5)..."
Senator Byrd stated further:
"Millions have stood in the Lincoln Memorial and gazed up at the statue of the great Abraham Lincoln.
The sculptor who chiseled the features of Lincoln in granite all but
seems to make Lincoln speak his own words inscribed into the walls.
'...That this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.'