Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Religion, Morality and Knowledge
Religion, Morality and Knowledge
In 1803, Ohio was admitted as the 17th state in the Union. To become a state, Ohio had
to craft a constitution, a document that would provide for the government of all citizens,
including you and me.
Our first Constitution was written in 1802 and contained a bill of rights for all
Article II states: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in this
Article III is titled: Of the Rights of Conscience, the Necessity of Religion and
Knowledge. It states in part, "but religion, morality and knowledge, being
essentially necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the
means of instruction shall be forever encouraged by legislative provision not inconsistent
with the rights of conscience.
It's quite clear that the founders of Ohio were convinced that to have a happy society
and good government, religion, morality and knowledge were essential. So essential that
these three items, religion, morality and knowledge, were to be the basis of public
education, not just for a year or for a legislative session or for an election cycle, but
the religion, morality and knowledge were to be the basis of education forever.