Liberals now regularly try to peddle the absurd lie that America was not founded as a Christian nation. This flies in the face of all known facts and evidence, and is a blatantly dishonest attempt to re-write America’s history to fit in better with the left’s bigoted, Constitutionally-illiterate hysteria against all things Christian.
Here are the top 5 irrefutable facts that completely destroy the left’s ignorant misinformation about our openly Christian Founders, history, and republic:
5) The out-of-context quotes liberals use to misrepresent our Founders as non-Christian include ones like this from John Adams:
“This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it.”
What liberals don’t bother to include is the full quote from this letter to Thomas Jefferson on April 19, 1817, which completely reverses the meaning:
“Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, ‘This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion at all!!!’ But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell.”
Another misleading quote liberals love to use is this statement from Thomas Jefferson in 1814:
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law.”
What they leaving out this time is the fact that that Jefferson is referring to British law, not U.S. law:
“If, therefore, from the settlement of the Saxons to the introduction of Christianity among them, that system of religion could not be a part of the common law, because they were not yet Christians, and if, having their laws from that period to the close of the common law, we are all able to find among them no such act of adoption, we may safely affirm (though contradicted by all the judges and writers on earth) that Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
Sleazy, corrupt, and dishonest…as usual.
4) The Founding Fathers (many of whom held seminary or Bible school degrees) are overwhelmingly on the record personally identifying themselves as Christians, acknowledging that we are a Judeo-Christian country, and governing directly based on Christian teachings and principles.
As the Heritage Foundation notes, Thomas Jefferson (the left’s supposed champion of strictly secular governance) even “issued calls for prayer and fasting as governor of Virginia” and “drafted bills stipulating when the governor could appoint ‘days of public fasting and humiliation, or thanksgiving,’ and to punish ‘Disturbers of Religious Worship and Sabbath Breakers.’
Heritage adds that Jefferson also “closed his second inaugural address by encouraging all Americans to join him in seeking ‘the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old….’ And two days after completing his letter to the Danbury Baptists, he attended church services in the U.S. Capitol, where he heard John Leland, the great Baptist minister and opponent of religious establishments, preach.”
This is not someone who believed that all things Christian should be eradicated from all things public. As usual with liberal contentions, their utterly false depiction of Thomas Jefferson as some kind of militant secularist has zero actual basis in fact, and serves merely to further their Constitution-shredding agenda against ever having to witness or tolerate free religious exercise.
Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams did unmistakably believe in preventing the Federal Government from adopting a national religion at the expense of the religious rights of the states. Some of them were even outspoken critics of organized religion. Some of them even wanted to reduce government involvement with religion at the state level.
But to suggest that these men were not religious, not Christian, not governing based on Christianity, or not perfectly fine with government acknowledging our Judeo-Christian heritage is dishonest in the extreme.
3) Benjamin Franklin, who liberals incessantly use to prop up their erroneous “church and state” fabrication, once proposed that America’s National Seal be an image of Moses parting the Red Sea, with the inscription, “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”
2) The left’s “separation of church and state” myth can be found nowhere in the Constitution. It was fraudulently invented out of thin air. The only restriction whatsoever that exists regarding government and religion is the 1st Amendment protection of the States and of the individual against the establishment of a national religion.
Some of the ratifying states, like Massachusetts, even actually HAD official state religions at the time of the Founding.
1) The Declaration of Independence (our core founding document…written by Thomas Jefferson) expressly identifies Natural Rights (the notion that we get our rights not from man, but from a higher power) as the justification for our self-liberation from Britain.