America Was Not Founded as a Christian Nation

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.”

George Washington

“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

John Adams

“The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”

James Madison

“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.

Benjamin Franklin

A good place to start is by getting some things out of the way. Yes, some of the founding fathers were Christians. Yes, the word God is used in multiple colonial documents. Yes, there are a lot of Christian American citizens. There is no dispute to these facts. Now to move forward:

America has always been a stir fry of religion and culture. Each coming together and contributing to create a wonderful product. The idea of our country being a melting pot is not only incorrect, it is disgusting. Try throwing that stir fry into a blender and see how it comes out.

Our founding fathers were very similar to the stir fry mentioned above. They were men who practiced many different faiths, all of which believed in some type of higher power or God. One of the popular religions of the time period, which was followed by many of our founders was Deism. Briefly put, a Deist believes in a higher power who put into motion the creation of nature, but does not believe in religious texts or stories such as the Bible or the Quran.

To understand the founding of America one must first accept the true idea of religious freedom. The idea that it is not acceptable to denounce the beliefs of others, or to force personal beliefs onto them. If a citizen wishes to peacefully worship a box of generic spaghetti, then by all means have at it, but they should not expect, or force others to join them each Tuesday night in the pasta aisle of the supermarket. For most, this idea is simple to understand and agree with.

If these ideas and foundation of government were so easily put into place in the mid 1700’s, and are easily and fundamentally understood today, then why are there so many misconceptions and misunderstandings about what the separation of church and state means? Most people don’t even realize that the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as the words ‘In God We Trust” which is on the currency were not included until the mid-1950’s.

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For anyone who even slightly pays attention to politics, or political news, it is easy to see that the infusion of Christianity is being used as a tool to both start and stop legislation. Religion has no ground to force or obstruct the liberty of the American citizen.

One ongoing hot ticket topic is gay marriage. The argument against allowing homosexual couples the ability to wed is strictly based on personal religious belief. Simply because a few lines written in ancient books state that in the opinion of the religion, such a union should not be allowed.

Someone who believes that gay marriage is wrong strictly because of religion, should kindly keep such beliefs to themselves, and in the words of Benjamin Franklin “Mind your business.” A person’s peaceful decision is for that individual to make for themselves. In this country there is absolutely no place for legislation to either be moved forward, or stopped based on any type of religious reasons. It is unpatriotic to lead a country in this way, and unpatriotic to support this type of leadership as well.

With this said, if any reader would like to discuss these matters in more depth, you can find me in the pasta aisle on Tuesday nights at 6:00. I’ll be dressed as Chef Boyardee. All are welcome. Bring your own fork.

This article was prepared by JP Saroton

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