You haven't helped at all.....and though you are entitled to your religious beliefs......I am entitled to mine and they can be different.....and Jefferson clearly stated that there should be a separation of Church and State.....so, essentially, the Government is PREVENTED from setting a National Religion!!!<quoted text>
First, we Catholics certainly consider ourselves Christians. Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence stated that as a Roman Catholic, "he struck a blow not only for our independence of England, but for the toleration of all sects professing the Christian religion and communicating to them equal rights."
The Treaty of Tripoli merely stated the United States wasn't founded as a theocracy but I never said it was. Of course some of the states were founded on the Christian religion but the treaty kind of beat around the bush on that fact. Further ART 11 is not found in the Arabic version so the statement had no legal consequences during its short life. That statement was removed from the next Treaty of Tripoli after we defeated the Barbary States,
"It is no exaggeration to say that on Sundays in Washington during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) and of James Madison (1809-1817) the state became the church. Within a year of his inauguration, Jefferson began attending church services in the House of Representatives. Madison followed Jefferson's example, although unlike Jefferson, who rode on horseback to church in the Capitol, Madison came in a coach and four. Worship services in the House--a practice that continued until after the Civil War--were acceptable to Jefferson because they were nondiscriminatory and voluntary.....Throughout his administration Jefferson permitted church services in executive branch buildings. The Gospel was also preached in the Supreme Court chambers.
Jefferson's actions may seem surprising because his attitude toward the relation between religion and government is usually thought to have been embodied in his recommendation that there exist "a wall of separation between church and state." In that statement, Jefferson was apparently declaring his opposition, as Madison had done in introducing the Bill of Rights, to a "national" religion. In attending church services on public property, Jefferson and Madison consciously and deliberately were offering symbolic support to religion as a prop for republican government.
Religion and The Founding of the American Republic
James H. Hutson
Library of Congress
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Yes, there were Christian men among the Founders. Just as Congress removed Thomas Jefferson's words that condemned the practice of slavery in the colonies, they also altered his wording regarding equal rights. His original wording is here in blue italics: "All men are created equal and independent. From that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable." Congress changed that phrase, increasing its religious overtones: "All men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights." But we are not governed by the Declaration of Independence-- it is a historical document, not a constitutional one.
Who were the Founding Fathers? American historian Richard B. Morris, in his 1973 book Seven Who Shaped Our Destiny: The Founding Fathers as Revolutionaries, identified the following seven figures as the "key" Founding Fathers:
Of these, only John Jay can be considered an orthodox Christian.