“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’ve become accustomed of late of putting little books into the hands of children containing fables and moral lessons……We are spending less time in the classroom on the Bible, which should be the principle text in our schools…..The Bible states these great moral lessons better than any other manmade book.” September 20, 1789 Palladium Magazine
“Why then if these books for children must be retained, as they will be, should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the sacred book, that is thus early impressed last long and probably if not impressed in infancy never takes firm hold of the mind.” January 1801
Fisher Ames helped write the First Amendment and he is in complete favor of keeping the Bible in the schools.