Presidents Who Thanked GOD

“The secularists who seek to obliterate God from our public discourse and consciousness have deliberately obscured the true meaning of Thanksgiving,” asserts Marius Forte’, author (with Sam Sorbo) of the new book, The Answer: Proof of God in HeavenAmerican children are seldom taught the true history of the holiday in the public school classroom.  Forte’ wonders how many Americans are even aware of the fact that giving thanks to God was foundational to our nation.

The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony celebrated the first Thanksgiving and Praise to God after their first hard year in the New World and after having achieved a successful harvest. Indeed, the Pilgrims followed a Christian tradition to observe days of thanksgiving in order to thank God in times of prosperity and days of fasting and supplication in times of trouble. 

Days of fasting were subsequently declared by President James Madison, one of the authors of the 1stAmendment, during the War of 1812 and by President Zachary Taylor during the cholera epidemic of 1849. The epidemic subsided shortly after the day of fasting and prayer. 

Thanksgiving was officially established as a national holiday by President George Washington who set aside, by executive order, one day per year for the American people to celebrate and express gratitude to God for the blessings bestowed upon the nation. Washington declared the holiday in 1789, his first year in office. His proclamation has been in the news recently, as an original copy was expected to bring $8 to $12 million at auction, as it bares Washington’s rare signature.   

Even more rare are leaders in this modern era with an understanding of our Judeo-Christian foundation and a heart after God, as Washington exhibited when he penned these words:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his

protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a

day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording

them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.


Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and

glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and

humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and

the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union,

and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for

our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means

we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.


And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our

national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—

to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully

executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government,

peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant

unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Schedule Marius Forte’ for an intriguing debate of the spiritual concepts presented in this newly released book, The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven

View:  Sam’s and Marius’ interview on FOX News with Lauren Green


 Marius Forte’
Born in Vienna, he traveled and worked extensively throughout Europe,
most of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, exploring religions, cultures
and political systems.  He is a practicing Catholic. 

 Sam Sorbo  
International fashion model, real estate developer, actress, wife, mother
of three and founder of  A talk radio host, she speaks
five languages fluently and advocates home schooling. 

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