Conservative Christians love to say that America is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. Here are some quotes that will prove otherwise.
1. George Washington, in a letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, 1789
“If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”
2. John Adams in 1797 Treaty of Tripoli
“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
3. Thomas Jefferson in letter to the Baptists of Danbury, 1802
“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
4. James Madison, 1819
“The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”
5. James Monroe, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817
“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force. Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.”
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