When Did the United States Become Christian?
Fri Sep 15, 2006 17:38

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Subject: When Did the United States Become Christian?
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 16:24:58 -0400
From: MacLeod macleod@optonline.net
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When Did the United States Become Christian?

Not a day goes by but what we see a statement in the media that the United States is a Christian country.
But, the Founding Fathers were anything but Christian.

Incredibly, they were ANTI CHRISTIAN. Hard to believe? Read on!

No one disputes the Founding Fathers believed in God, however the faith of our Founding Fathers was Deist. A Deist believes in the existance of a God
based on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation. That particularly includes rejection of the bible and any
belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ.

The founding fathers were emphatically not Christian.

Here is what our Founding Fathers wrote about Bible-based Christianity:

Thomas Jefferson

“The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions
into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.” [1]

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a Virgin Mary, will be classed
with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.... But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these
United States will do away [with] all this artificial scaffolding.” [2]

Jefferson rejected the idea of the divinity of Christ.

John Adams

“Where do we find a praecept in the Gospell, requiring Ecclesiastical Synods, Convocations, Councils, Decrees, Creeds, Confessions, Oaths,
Subscriptions and whole Cartloads of other trumpery, that we find Religion incumbered with in these Days?” [3]

“The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.” [4]

Adams signed, and the Senate unanimously confirmed, the Treaty of Tripoli.
Article 11 states: “The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion”

Thomas Paine [5]

“I would not dare to so dishonor my Creator God by attaching His name to that book (the Bible).”

”Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to 'God' to butcher the boys,
to massacre the mothers and to debauch and rape the daughters. I would not dare so dishonor my Creator's name by (attaching) it to this filthy book
(the Bible).”

"It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible.”

”Accustom a people to believe that priests and clergy can forgive sins...and you will have sins in abundance.”

”The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty.”

Theodore Roosevelt called Thomas Paine: “The dirty little atheist,” a remarkable statement to make, when Paine obviously believed in God.

James Madison

“What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones
of political tyranny. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public
liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy.
………….. Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same
ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?” [6]

Benjamin Franklin

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absented myself from Christian assemblies." [7]

"Lighthouses are more helpful then churches." [8]

“Some books against Deism fell into my hands. . . It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for
the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a
through Deist." [9]

Abraham Lincoln

“The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma." [10]

Lincoln never belonged to any church.
He admired Thomas Paine.

George Washington

Washington revealed almost nothing to indicate his spiritual frame of mind, hardly a mark of a devout Christian. In his thousands of letters, the
name of Jesus Christ never appears. He rarely spoke about his religion and his Freemasonry experience strongly points to a belief in Deism.

On his deathbed, Washington uttered no words of a religious nature and did not call for a clergyman to be in attendance. After his death, Dr.
Abercrombie, a friend of his, replied to a Dr. Wilson, who had interrogated him about Washington's religion, "Sir, Washington was a Deist."


[1] Jefferson: Draft of a letter to William Baldwin, January 19, 1810.
Photocopy of letter stored at the Library of Congress at:

[2] Jefferson: Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823, as quoted by E. S. Gaustad,
"Religion," in Merrill D. Peterson, ed., Thomas Jefferson: A Reference
Biography, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1986, p. 287.)

[3] John Adams Diary – February 18, 1756

[4] John Adams Diary – February 13, 1756

[5] See Pain’s “Common Sense” published by Bantam Books

[6] Madison: A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments,
addressed to the Virginia General Assembly, June 20, 1785

[7] Franklin’s autobiographical: "Toward The Mystery”

[8] Franklin’s Poor Richard's Almanac, 1758

[9] Franklin’s: Autobiography, p.66 as published in “The American Tradition in Literature,”
seventh edition (short), McGraw-Hill, p.180

[10] Joseph Lewis quoting Lincoln in a 1924 speech in New York

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