George Washington on Accepting Refugees

2 December 1783, To Joshua Holmes
To the Members of the volunteer Associations & other Inhabitants of the Kingdom of Ireland who have lately arrived in the City of New York.


“. . . The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent & respectable Stranger, but the oppressed & persecuted of all Nations & Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights & previleges, if by decency & propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.”


George Washington’s Prayer for the States

Circular to the States, June 8, 1783:

Sacred Fire cover“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would 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, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”

–Quoted in Dr. Peter Lillback’s
George Washington’s Sacred Fire (2006), p. 368

Bill_of_Rights_Pg1of1_AC What Makes Good
Public Policy?

Founders Institute
Research Fellows Reflect on

What Makes Public Policies
Actually Good for the Public

Dr. Robert Stacey
Provost, The Saint Constantine School, Houston, TX, USA
“Thoughts on Christian Principles of Public Policy”

Dr. Stephen M. King
Professor, Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, USA
“Understanding the Principles of Good Government” (Part I of V)

“Self-Government is the Foundation for Good Government” (Part II of V)

“Self-Determination, Jurisdiction & Written Constitution” (Part III of V)

“God’s Sovereignty and God’s Justice” (Part IV of V)

“Conclusion: Inalienable Rights and Subsidiarity” (Part V of V)

Dr. Peter Leithart
President, Theopolis Institute, Birmingham, AL, USA

Dr. Goran Rafajlovski
Former Macedonian Ambassador to Germany
Ss. Cyril & Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, and
Nehemiah Gateway University, Pogradec, Albania 

“Biblical Reflections on Governing Authorities”

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