What they said
Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that you will keep the United States in your holy protection; that you will incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United State at large. And, finally, that you will most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind when were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion and without which we can never be a happy nation. Grant out supplications, we beseech you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– George Washington
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
– Thomas Jefferson
Patricia Berger Rodgers