GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK
WHEREAS, the Preamble to the Constitution of the state of Florida states that “We, the people of the state of Florida, being grateful to almighty God for our Constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, do ordain and establish this Constitution”; and
WHEREAS, Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 stated: “It is Impossible to build an empire without our Father’s aid. I believe the sacred writings which say that ‘Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it’” (Psalm 127:1); and
WHEREAS, George Washington enunciated: “animated alone by the pure spirit of Christianity, and conducting ourselves as the faithful objects of our free government, we may enjoy every temporal and spiritual felicity”; and
WHEREAS, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote: “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God”; and
WHEREAS, James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution, advocated “the diffusion of the light of Christianity in our nation” in his Natural and Remonstrance; and
WHEREAS, Patrick Henry quoted Proverbs 14:34 for our nation: “Righteousness alone can exalt a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”; and
WHEREAS, George Mason, in his Virginia Declaration of Rights, forerunner to our U.S. Bill of Rights, affirmed: “That it is the mutual right of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity towards each other”; and
WHEREAS, these, and many other truly great men and women of America, giants in the structuring of American history, were Christian statesmen of caliber and Integrity who did not hesitate to express their faith;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeb Bush, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing November 23-29, 2003, as Christian Heritage Week.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 4th day of November in the year of our Lord two thousand three.