I really hate to break this to you, but America was founded upon Christian principles.
OK, I'm messing with you; I do not hate to break it to you!
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- They claim that statements attributed to the founders were taken out of context
- They claim that the founders were "Deists", as if to minimize (or neutralize) their remarks
- They claim that if the founders really did say those things, they were afraid of being ostracized (what a joke to anyone who knows anything about the character of these men)
- They claim that the quotes were never really said at all
supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . .
that the confusions that are and have been among the
nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily
bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established,
and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace."
— Samuel Adams
Guess what, Poindexter. America was founded to not only be a Christian nation, but to spread the Gospel. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean.
The "Fundamental Orders" of 1639 in Connecticut was the first constitution in America. It was a forerunner of the United States Constitution, and has many references to God and the Gospel. For example, the first paragraph contains: "...to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess, as also, the discipline of the Churches, which according to the truth of the said Gospel is now practiced amongst us..."
I like "The Old Deluder Satan Law". For one thing, I like the name. This was the first public school law. It seems that atrocities committed "in the name of Christ" were done under the religious power structure of the times before, and there was no Bible available in the language of the people. Now that the Bible was easily to be had, people were expected to learn to read, and then learn the Bible, so they could stop atrocities "in the name of Christ": "It being one chief point of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of Scriptures, as in former times, by keeping them in an unknown tongue, so in these latter times, by persuading them from the use of tongues that so at last the true sense and meaning of the original might be clouded by false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers, that learning might not be buried in the graves of our fathers, in church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavours…" This law was passed by several states in 1642.
Do you know why Yale, Princeton and Harvard were established? I bet you can guess...
Harvard's original statement of purpose: "To be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ...." One requirement of students was that "Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be able to give an account of his proficiency therein."
How about this requirement at Yale? "Seeing that God is the giver of all wisdom, every student, besides his private and secret prayer, will be present morning and evening for public prayer."
Princeton did not kid around: "Cursed is all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."
What the heck, let's go back to that oldest of American documents, the Mayflower Compact. It has words that progressives hate, as well: "Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith..."
If you want to pursue this further, I have a couple of documents for you to look at. First, a PDF e-book from American Vision, The Case for America's Christian Heritage. You can get it $0.99 USD if you click here. There is another that is also free, but not expensive, either. I know the author and I'm acquainted with his work on other things. I purchased Founders Speak on that basis, and I'm telling you that it's a solid resource. Use both books, and you'll have a great start in being able to slap leather with those who sneeringly try to rewrite history.
I have to say that, although America was established to be a Christian nation, Christians have to fight to keep it that way, as there are many sidewinders who are whittling away our liberties. And yet, it is a free nation. You can believe or disbelieve whatever you want, and cannot be compelled by a federally-mandated law to join a particular church. It is indeed unfortunate that there are those who want to remove our rights to practice and express our faiths. Nobody's persecuting unbelievers in America; no atheist has been or will be burned at the stake for his disbelief.
In your Fourth of July celebrations, please take a moment to be thankful for those who have served, and are serving, to protect our freedoms.