June 22, 2012 | Posted in Words From Our Founders | By

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. In honor of our upcoming Independence Day, we are publishing daily quotes from our nation’s founders highlighting the high esteem they had for religion, religious liberty, and virtue.

The following is an excerpt from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to Edward Dowse, dated April 19, 1803.

“I concur with the author in considering the moral precepts of Jesus as more pure, correct, and sublime than those of ancient philosophers.”

The following is an excerpt from The Writings of Benjamin Franklin published in 1787.

“[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.