Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.
— Gouverneur Morris, quoted in The Truth Project by Del Tackett, Lesson 10 at 15:20; from Life of Gouverneur Morris, Vol III
In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government. That is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible.
— Benjamin Rush, quoted in The Truth Project by Del Tackett, Lesson 10 at 16:17; from “A Defense of the Use of the Bible as a School Book,” 1798