The meeting began with a prayer to God, asking for His protection and guidance. Attending were such revolutionaries as Washington, Jefferson, Peyton Randolph, Richard Henry Lee and Richard Bland – among others. Henry rose to speak and argued for a “Well-regulated Militia” in anticipation of armed conflicts with an unreasonable, tyrannical government. He warned of a coming war with England, reminding them of the government oppression in Boston.
Henry predicted that “three millions of people, armed in that holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our Enemy can send against us.” He then thundered, “Besides, sir we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”
Patrick Henry then uttered the greatest war cry ever heard by civilized men, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
The men who guaranteed our liberty with a pledge of “Our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” are not likely to have turned their backs on a God they believed was responsible for granting them eventual victory. They would not have written a clause in the Constitution that would have as its eventual effect, injury and insult to the powerful God of Nature that they believed omnipotent and all-knowing.
Are we to believe that having won a victory for liberty on behalf of the people, these same believers would turn around and stab the people in the back with a constitution that would pull the string and unravel the sweater that keeps a nation safe, secure and prosperous? Patrick Henry would say, “Forbid it, Almighty God!”