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"That these blessings may be preserved and perpetuated will be the object of my fervent and unceasing prayers to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe."
-- James Monroe, Eighth Annual Message, December 7, 1824
"Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first -- the most basic -- expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, Remarks to the American Legion, February 20, 1955
Throughout the history of American democracy, the United States has continuously pursued the "Blessings of Liberty" acknowledged in the Preamble to the Constitution. The First Amendment question related to public policy underscores critical religious freedoms of chaplains, public servants, and private citizens. Students will connect with a Supreme Court decision described in "Bridget's Story." Members of Congress express their convictions of public faith on Capitol Hill. In addition, "Remarks by U.S. Presidents on the Role of Government from a Religious Perspective," together with excerpts from "Speeches by Leaders of Liberty," carry twin themes of religious and civil freedoms that have evolved within our American culture. Ponder patriotic prayers eloquently spoken on behalf of our nation's greatest leaders, represented by state statues in the U.S. Capitol. And, a unique section of thirty-nine U.S. presidents carefully details their spiritual legacies while facing leadership challenges within domestic and foreign affairs. The elected, appointed, and volunteer leaders noted in this book spoke many times, in many ways, and in many places of their reliance on God. "A Humble Leader" concludes this book. As we grow in the "faith of our fathers" and mothers, then exercise our religious freedom within our communities, we pray "So help us God," because "In God We Trust."
About the Author:
Linda Carol Harms Case, RN, BSN, was born in Michigan, and subsequently lived in a number of other states and countries. Attending private schools in Massachusetts, she learned strict discipline in academics and classical music. As a Christian student missionary, Linda traveled abroad, living in Japan and Thailand. She currently resides in Colorado, with her husband and three children after spending 25 years in Rockville, Maryland. While stationed with her husband in Greece, her parents worked in Zambia as Christian missionaries.
Linda is a graduate of both Kettering College of Medical Arts, Ohio, and Columbia Union College, Maryland. She worked in various critical care units including Alcohol Research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. She also spent many years working on social issues, teaching Biblical hospitality (H.O.P.E. - Home Outreach for Pilgrims' Encouragement) and connecting with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
Her husband, William R. Case, retired as a Central Intelligence Agency officer following 30 years of government service. After home schooling their children for two years, Linda Case spent almost a decade substitute teaching in the Montgomery County Public School system, Maryland, with an emphasis on World History. She also participated in the National Issues Forum (NIF) and became a public scholar of Montgomery College, Maryland. She continues to study the Founding Fathers and influential women, U.S. Government and public policy, history and our evolving republican democracy.
Her passion for collecting historic public prayers and installing public library displays led to the writing of this book. She also organized field trips for those who were interested in the impact of godly leadership and prayer on our nation's capital. Linda continues her partnership with Compassion International and hopes to expand America's spiritual understanding of compassion by teaching others to embrace our civil freedoms and religious liberty.
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