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    Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    I hear all the time that "this is a Christian Nation". Do you think this is so.

    I am going to go ahead and say anyone who truly thinks this country was meant to be a Christian nation is a complete moron. The founding fathers were secularist, there is some evidence indicating Thomas Jefferson was at least agnostic.

    " The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes; fools and hypocrites. To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." -Thomas Jefferson

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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    The U.S. was founded on enlightenment ideals from secular philosophers and the classical Greek/Roman tradition as interpreted by the founding fathers.

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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    I just don't understand where the morons who want prayer in public school and their ten commandments on federal property get this Idea that it is what America was built for. I mean a quick glance at some quotes from the founding fathers and they will see they very much despised the bible and the church.

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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    I think the country was founded upon Christian morals and the rights we have are ours because the founders believed the Christian God gave them to us.
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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    I've actually looked into the idea of a "christian nation", and I don't think it means what people think it means. Afterall, even the evangelical knows, if we were a christian nation...we're a piss poor one. We don't even have a state priest, like England. Yet, if you look at the founding fathers, many of them were religious. Was it not the founding fathers that coined the idea that rights come from the creator, who/whatever that may be, and not the government?

    So one is left with one conclusion: The US was founded with christianity, not upon it. If you want to know what the US was founded on, I would say: Responsibility for "rights only exist within the context of responsibility.
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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    No.

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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    We have the facts in our Founders' words and deeds. They were deeply religious people who worshipped the Christian God. Sure, some of them had different opinions about God and religion, but most were very spiritual people. They spoke of God and Jesus as influences in their decision-making in personal and professional life.

    Does that mean the U.S. is a theocracy? Of course not. We have the freedom to choose whatever religion we wish. But that doesn't negate the fact that most of those who began our country were of the Christian faith.

    Since your title question and the title of your poll are different, I'm not sure what you're asking for. Are you asking if the Founders were Christian and used their religion to make decisions OR are you asking if the Founders wanted our nation to be a Christian nation?
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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    We have the facts in our Founders' words and deeds. They were deeply religious people who worshipped the Christian God. Sure, some of them had different opinions about God and religion, but most were very spiritual people. They spoke of God and Jesus as influences in their decision-making in personal and professional life.

    Does that mean the U.S. is a theocracy? Of course not. We have the freedom to choose whatever religion we wish. But that doesn't negate the fact that most of those who began our country were of the Christian faith.

    Since your title question and the title of your poll are different, I'm not sure what you're asking for. Are you asking if the Founders were Christian and used their religion to make decisions OR are you asking if the Founders wanted our nation to be a Christian nation?
    I think you would be surpised at just how many of them thought that religion was a bad thing.

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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    I think the country was founded as a secular country, but with a strong christian influence. The question does not lend itself well to a simple yes or no answer. To deny the christian influence is to deny reality, but to say the country was founded as a christian country is equally false.
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    Re: Do you think this country was founded upon Christianity?

    Quote Originally Posted by BCR View Post
    I think you would be surpised at just how many of them thought that religion was a bad thing.
    Oh really? You gonna google some little quotes there out of context just to prove your point? Or would you like to hear how many of them wanted Christianity taught in schools? Or how Congress commissioned the publishing of The Bible? Have you ever READ a George Washington or George Whittfield speech? Do you even know what Thomas Jefferson's "new Bible" was all about?


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