In late 1992, Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice raised firestorm of controversy by publicly declaring that America is a “Christian nation.”…Many years ago, a leading American had the audacity to say something similar to what Governor Fordice said:
“I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the Saviour have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses. . . . Whether we look to the first Charter of Virginia . . . or to the Charter of New England . . . or to the Charter of Massachusetts Bay . . . or to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut . . . the same objective is present; a Christian land governed by Christian perspectives.”
Who made this outlandish, politically incorrect statement? Jerry Falwell? Billy Graham? Dan Quayle? No, it was no less than Earl Warren. Warren, who was then governor of California, spoke these words in 1954. He later became chief justice of the Supreme Court and ironically did much, whether inadvertently or purposefully, to chisel away America’s Christian heritage, which he had apparently admired earlier in his life.
Kennedy, D.J. and Newcombe, J. (2001). What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? [ebook]. Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, Location 1036