Fisher Ames on the Bible

Fisher Ames (1758-1808), a Congressman from Massachusetts. During the First Session of the Congress (when the Bill of Rights was created), he proposed the final wording for the First Amendment, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 1789. It reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

... Ames had a growing concern about a trend he saw in American education. On September 20, 1789, in an article published in Palladium
magazine, he wrote:

We have a dangerous trend beginning to take place in our education. We’re starting to put more and more textbooks into our schools… We are spending less time in the classroom in the Bible, which should be the principle text in our schools…. The Bible states these great moral lessons better than any other manmade book.

("The Bible in America: What We Believe About the Most Important Book in Our History" Second Edition/ Steve Green and Todd Hillard Emphasis added)