The Faith of FDR -From President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Public Papers 1933-1945
The Faith of FDR- From President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Public Papers 1933-1945 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT served as President of the United States for over twelve years, longer than any other President. He won four Presidential Elections, 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. He was America's leader during the Great Depression and World War II. Regardless if one agrees or disagrees with his political views, the fact remains he exerted a significant influence on United States history. It is inevitable that a serious student of history would want to examine the Faith of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The statements in this book are taken exclusively from over 3,600 pages of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Public Papers 1933-1945, printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office, with the exception of the foreword President Roosevelt wrote for a 1941 edition of the New Testament distributed by The Gideons to millions of Military personnel during WWII, of which this author owns an original. Backcover: "WE ARE INSPIRED by a faith that goes back to the first chapter of the Book of Genesis: 'God created man in His own image.'"-FDR, Jan. 6, 1942, State of the Union "I KNEW THAT some day Russia would return to religion for the simple reason that four or five thousand years of recorded history have proven that mankind has always believed in God in spite of the many abortive attempts to exile God."-FDR, Feb. 10, 1940, to the Delegates of the American Youth Congress, Washington, D.C. "WE FACE ONE of the great choices of history...the continuance of civilization as we know it versus the ultimate destruction of all that we have held dear - religion against godlessness."-FDR, July 19, 1940, accepting Nomination, Democrat Natl. Convention "DEMOCRACY IS THE birthright of every citizen, the white and the colored; the Protestant, the Catholic, the Jew."-FDR, Nov. 4, 1940, Radio Address, Hyde Park, NY "THE NAZI WORLD does not recognize any God except Hitler; for the Nazis are as ruthless as the Communists in the denial of God."-FDR, May 27, 1941, Radio Address "I HOPE THAT you have re-read the Constitution of the United States...Like the Bible, it ought to be read again and again."-FDR, Mar. 9, 1937 Fireside Chat "THOSE FORCES HATE democracy and Christianity as two phases of the same civilization. They oppose democracy because it is Christian. They oppose Christianity because it preaches democracy."-FDR, Nov. 1, 1940, Campaign Address, Brooklyn, NY "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ever zealous in the cause of human freedom, have watched with sympathetic interest the effort of the Jews to renew in Palestine the ties of their ancient homeland where for centuries it flourished...It gives me great pleasure to send my warmest greetings."-FDR, Feb. 6, 1937, to Stephen Wise, United Palestine Appeal Includes FDR on: "Nazi hatred and terror"-"Nazi murder of French hostages"-"Spies, saboteurs"-"We intend to bring this battle to him on his own home grounds"-"No nation can appease the Nazis. No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it."-"There are also American citizens, who, unwittingly, are aiding and abetting the work of these agents"-"Certain things in regard to the defense of the United States should be kept confidential"-"We will accept only a world consecrated to...freedom from terror"-"Oceans no longer figure as greatly in our defense as they have in the past"-"Our enemies have performed a brilliant featof deception, perfectly timed, executed with great skill"-"I do not think any American has doubt of our ability to administer punishment to the perpetrators" -"We are against those...substituting terror for law"
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