Preserving America's Historical Significance


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Leader-Led & Chaplain Prayer in the US Armed Forces

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In addition to Exemplary Conduct, the first principles of the Armed Forces enacted by Congress in November 1775 call for prayer and Divine services at least twice a day:

Article 2. “The Commanders of the ships of the Thirteen United Colonies are to take care that divine service be performed twice a day on board, and a sermon preached on Sundays, unless bad weather or other extraordinary accidents prevent it.”

It remains the duty of all public officials to ensure that American Military Forces, including Service Academies, both state and federal, fully prepare future officers for the rigor and peril of combat which must always include frequent leader-led unit prayer. The nations’ Declaration of Independence recognizes the “Creator” as the source of law and liberty as “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” established a fixed standard, a higher discipline – a battle-tested standard – to restore and uphold against years of disturbing reports of multiple military crises arising from moral relativism and undemocratic changes contrary to America’s first military principles of virtue, honor, patriotism and subordination, called “Exemplary Conduct.”

Daily prayer recalls to all military and civilian leaders that, as John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” This is not the time to leave the field to “domestic enemies” who would have the temerity to urge Congress to force our soldiers to fight “without a prayer.” Leader-led military unit prayer remains an unbroken historic military necessity throughout American history and continues as essential to combat effectiveness and training of future military leaders for the 21st century.

Prayer for the common good and acknowledgement of Divine Providence is a central, official and historical tenet of the combat leadership preparation of the American Military, particularly officer training and particularly in times of national peril or war. Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, USN

Find out more about prayer in America’s Armed Forces in the book, “Endowed by Their Creator”: A Collection of Historic American Military Prayers 1774-Present.

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Exemplary Conduct in the US Armed Forces

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The first principles of the Armed Forces enacted by Congress in November 1775 require Virtue, Honor, and Exemplary Conduct:

“Article 1. “The Commanders of all ships and vessels belonging to the THIRTEEN UNITED COLONIES, are strictly required to shew in themselves a good example of honor and virtue to their officers and men, and to be very vigilant in inspecting the behaviour of all such as are under them and to discountenance and suppress all dissolute, immoral and disorderly practices; and also, such as are contrary to the rules of discipline and obedience, and to correct those who are guilty of the same according to the usage of the sea.”

Amid the recent Congressional hearings and calls for immediate action in response to the military sexual abuse and assault situation, the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness created a task force which is reviewing procedures for care and counseling for sexual assault victims, as well as ways for victims to report assaults, a civilian model rather than a military model for such matters. FPP has urged the consideration of teaching and enforcing the Congressionally-mandated Exemplary Conduct standard as the solution to this grievous problem.

FPP encourages the teaching and enforcing of Exemplary Conduct to solve whatever conduct problems exist in the United States or overseas. The Code should be taught beginning at entry level military training and be repeated as necessary. Exemplary Conduct, as defined in Title 10, is a real military solution to uphold America’s highest military standards of virtue, honor and to hold our military leaders accountable to a higher standard than civilians.

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America. 7. Code of Conduct VI Code of the US Fighting Force June 1988
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American History Restoration Project

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The American History Restoration Project has been sustained by a model effort from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which has been replicated in other states. In 1992, Kentucky was the first state to pass a law, KRS 158.195, making it illegal to censor American history because of religious references in founding state documents such as Kentucky’s Constitution. In 2000, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 57 to provide for distribution of the law, KRS 158.195, to school board members, teachers, and principals. The Kentucky General Assembly following the supreme Court on four cases from 1844 to 1931, made a finding of historical fact that:

Section 7. The General Assembly finds the Ten Commandments to be the precedent legal code of the Commonwealth which has provided the foundation for many of the civil and criminal statutes enacted into law throughout the history of the Commonwealth.

First Principles has amassed a large archive of early American history books and resources to prepare a formal curriculum defining the Foundations of American law and civil government. Training in this curriculum is ongoing in forums such as Advanced Officers Courses (AOC) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, American Family Association, Asbury College’s history department, a Lexington seminary, civic groups, churches, and veterans groups including ROA, American Legion, the Military Order of the World Wars Youth Leadership Conferences and National Pro-family forums.

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