The United States of America was NOT founded upon Christianity. The USA was the most secular nation-state in the world at the time of its founding. The American founding fathers were moving away from Christianity, and not toward Christianity!
“Americans revere the Constitution. Drafted in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, the Constitution stands with the flag as a symbol of national unity. Nevertheless, the words God, Jesus and Christianity are nowhere to be found in the American Constitution, a reality that infuriated many people at the time. The U.S. Constitution is a godless document. Its utter neglect of religion was no oversight; it was apparent to all. The advocates of a secular state won, and it is their Constitution we revere today,” declares Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore in The Godless Constitution book.
Alongside its complete silence with respect to God and to the United States as a Christian nation, the Constitution’s sole reference to religion made matters worse, only adding insult to injury. Article 6 declares that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
A frequent claim heard in 1787 and 1788 was that the Constitution represented a Deist conspiracy to overthrow the Christian commonwealth. This view was most powerfully put forth by Aristocrotis, a journalist from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Aristocrotis contends that “the delegates in Philadelphia have created a government that for the first time in world history removes religion from public life. Until 1787 there was never a nation in the world whose government was not circumscribed by religion.”
American Atheists is an educational organization dedicated to the complete and absolute separation of state and church. We accept and support the explanation of Thomas Jefferson that the first Amendment to the Constitution was designed to forge a “wall of separation” between government and religious movements. American Atheists likewise affirms Jefferson’s declaration that no one “shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.”
Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Virginia Statutes of Religious Freedom, wherein he presented many of his ideas concerning liberty and individual conscience and freedom from coercive, religious institutions. Jefferson was also an intellectual skeptic and Deist, who embraced not the Judeo-Christian god, but the notion of “Nature and nature’s god.” Jefferson condemned the practice of “established religions” – state supported churches similar to those which had existed in colonial America and throughout most of Europe, saying that to “compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of religious opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.”
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson sponsored a law prohibiting preachers from holding public office. Jefferson thought government should be entirely free from the influence of religious interests, and he stood on that principle. The first amendment guarantees “freedom of religion”, and not just “freedom of Christianity”. Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison were Deists, Rosicrucian’s or Freemason’s – hence not real Christians according to fundamentalist Christianity. For more evidence of America’s early secularism, read The Godless Constitution by Isaac Kramnick & R.L. Moore, Susan Jacoby’s Freethinkers or visit the American Atheist’s website. THE END