Monday, July 27, 2009
The United States is in a time of transition. Change evokes fear, division, nervousness, anxiety, and a host of other fleeting and tempestuous emotional states, this is true for an individual and for our compound human organism: the state. Many citizens have been reflecting on the founding of our nation and our core principles, hoping to find in them a guide for the course we are steering.
Whether you find yourself honestly researching foundations for old or new opinions, or you find yourself confronted with less than honest public statements to the contrary I would like to offer a piece of source material and a clear rebuttal of what I think is a pernicious and dangerous violation of our long national dialogue.
Position: The United States was not founded on the Christian religion.
Many other elements of our history and national documents make this clear but none so clear as this and for those wishing to advance the earthly influence and power of their religions it seems that the spirit of our country and history do not provide enough clarity to forestall their ambitions, so I offer this clearest of statements by an early leader of our Republic.
I doubt that this will stop the imposition of selfishly wishful thought upon our shared history, but it may give us a defensive weapon against outright ignorance, say "President John Adams and congress stated unanimously that the United States was not founded on the Christian Religion."