A Nation Founded on
I constantly hear Religious-Right types reminding us that this nation must return to the Christian principles of our founding fathers.
Want to hear some quotes on this subject by each of these people?
George Washington - "The father of our country"
The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian doctrine.
Thomas Jefferson* -
I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature. 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 classified with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
Abraham Lincoln -
The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.
John Adams -
The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and... foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.
James Madison (considered the author of the U.S. Constitution)-
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and severity in the laity; in both superstition, bigotry, and persecution.
And it goes on, but you get the idea.
It would be a bit hard to assume that all this was taken out of context.
And, in case you are wondering, these people were not atheists. Generally speaking, they were people who believed in God and espoused solid ethical principles.
You might wonder why you haven't heard about these views before.
The answer is simple.
In accordance with our predominant Judeo-Christian predispositions they have simply been — how shall we say this — "overlooked."
Could the Religious Right be equating a belief in God with Christianity?
One thing sure, when it comes to our founding fathers it would seem that the rhetoric of the Religious Right is based more on wishful thinking than on truth.
* Thomas Jefferson spent considerable time investigating the Bible and the life of Jesus. He subsequently wrote, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, detailing his findings -- findings that differ in major ways with typical Christian beliefs.
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