Working to make sure all South Carolina students graduate with an understanding of America’s founding Judeo-Christian values.


“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”

Charles Carroll

Delegate to the Continental Congress

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”

John Adams

2nd President of the United States

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last…. A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.”

Alexander Hamilton

Founding Father



Section 59-29-120 of the South Carolina Code of law requires students be taught the “essentials of the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers,” and goes on to provide that “no student in any such school, college, or university may receive a certificate of graduation without previous passing a satisfactory examination upon the provision and principles of those documents.”



A number of South Carolina universities do not require students to take such courses or pass such an exam—most notably the state’s flagship institution: the University of South Carolina. USC President Harris Pastides claims the law that requires study of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is “archaic.”