As evidence of how far we have been removed from our national roots, consider this. In 1831 a witness who was called to testify before the court in session at Chester County in the state of New York, declared that he did not believe in God or the immortality of the soul. The judge then refused to admit the evidence of the testimony on the ground that the witness had destroyed beforehand all the confidence of the court in what he was about to say (Found in Tocqueville, "Democracy in America," 1:317).
The judge later commented that it is a person's belief in God that sanctions all testimony in a court of justice. In other words, unless people are restrained by religious convictions, there is no solid basis for believing their testimony.
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