America's Christian Roots

America's True Roots


The English Philosopher Francis Bacon said “Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out”. This phrase aptly applied to the 2010 Delaware senatorial debate between Chris Coons and Christine O’Donnell. During the debate O’Donnell asked “where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” An audience of mostly Law students and professors broke out in wild laughter, thinking the question absurd. As it turns out, O’Donnell was correct, the phrase “separation of church and state” appears nowhere in the Constitution.

The audience was ironically composed of some of America’s supposed best and brightest legal minds. Thomas Sowell referred to these law students as, “our future elites in waiting”! Their response may have you question if they knew what’s in our Constitution and bill of rights? And if they did know, why were they so dogmatic in their opinions about the meaning of the First Amendment?

A recent poll indicates that most American’s believe that America was founded a Christian nation, yet our colleges teach the opposite and ridicule anyone who dares declare this! If a senatorial candidate is mocked for this belief, can you image what their opinions are of the majority of American’s? Our tax dollars are funding these schools who teach our children to despise what most of us believe and revere.

It’s difficult to understand why the left believes that America was founded a secular nation when US presidents George Washington to George Bush have affirmed the opposite- that America was founded and is a Christian nation! Barack Obama was that first US president to publicly deny this! Furthermore, the Supreme Court in 1892 and 1952 declared America a Christian nation.


The Mayflower Compact
The Mayflower Compact
John Jay, the first Chief Justice  “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to to select and prefer Christians for their ruler's"
John Jay, the first Chief Justice “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to to select and prefer Christians for their ruler's"

America's Early History


The first settlers came to America to bring the gospel to distant shores and to set up a model Christian community. The Mayflower compact clearly stated the pilgrim’s mission: “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith”. The Pilgrim’s had settled in Holland, the most religiously tolerant nation in Europe. If the Pilgrims merely wanted religious freedom they would have remained there- no, they had a mission to advance the kingdom of God! The succeeding charters for Massachusetts, New Haven, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina all contained similar language to that of Mayflower Compact. 106 of 108 of our first universities were Christian, set up primarily for training young men in the ministry.

The Founding Fathers understood that Christ was the foundation of the American nation and that Christianity had to have the encouragement of the state. George Washington made this clear in his 1797 farewell address: “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, concurs with Washington: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”.

Thomas Paine, whose Christian beliefs are called into question perhaps more than any founder, told a group of intellectuals in France that science and philosophy must be taught in reference to the God who created them. He went on to say that teaching academics without a reference to God is dangerous in that students would have knowledge without morals or without a soul. This philosophy is hardly in line with our schools today! Today’s liberal media would no doubt be all over this! The ACLU would have filed suit if one of our politicians said this at one of our public schools!

Fisher Ames, author of the First Amendment, in 1801 expressed his concern that textbooks might replace the Holy Scriptures as the primary text in public schools. He clearly saw no contradiction with this and the First Amendments Establishment Clause.

Thomas Jefferson, whom revisionists love to quote, no doubt have difficulty with many of his words and actions as president. Jefferson regularly attended church services as president at the capitol building with government paid chaplains. He also arranged for similar services to be conducted at the War Office and Treasury Building of the executive branch. He use federal funds to aid Christian schools and promote Christianity among the Indians. Oh please, did he forget the separation of church and state? There is no record of anyone questioning his actions!

The First Amendment was intended to promote religious liberty not to remove religions impact to our government and society. The Establishment Clause was to prevent a federally sponsored denomination as was the case in England. Religious affairs were to be decided by the people and their respective state and local governments.


The Muslim Barbary Pirate's threatening America's early merchant fleet and capturing thousands of American sailors.
The Muslim Barbary Pirate's threatening America's early merchant fleet and capturing thousands of American sailors.

Revisionism

Revisionists will point to the absent or vague references to God in the Constitution as evidence to its secularist intent, when in reality the founders wanted to prevent sect specific language to avoid denominational strive. The language of the Constitution itself is incompatible withDeism, or any other faith besides Christianity. Inalienable rights apply more specifically to Christian faith than any other source. The Deists, Greeks and Romans had no such beliefs. The Constitution referred to God as the creator, which is singular in reference to one God, again this would exclude the pantheist beliefs of other religions and cultures. Finally the Constitution ends with: “In the year of our Lord 1787”. This is a definite reference to Jesus.

Another common argument is the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli declares that “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”.

Since the clear words and actions of the founders are a direct contradiction to this statement, it seems very puzzling until you consider the context. This is a wartime treaty with a group of Muslim Barbary pirates from the north coast of Africa, who held several thousand American sailors hostage. It is vital to realize that the nations of Europe had been waging a crusader type war with the Muslims for a thousand years, forcing Muslims to convert to Christianity by the point of the sword. America needed to assure the Muslims pirates that they were in no sense a European crusader type Christian nation who attended to bring them harm.

The 19th century English poet Coventry Patmore
The 19th century English poet Coventry Patmore

Some use the contents Madison’s “Detached Memoranda” to prove the secular intent of our founding documents. What’s ignored is that Madison’s words and actions as president were at odds with private statements made later in his life. It is significant that these documents were never made public by Madison, so you could hardly argue that his later private views reflected the founder’s intent at the time. The words and actions of the vast majority of the founders contradict Madison’s sentiments in his “Detached Memoranda” including those more closely involved in drafting the Bill of Rights such as George Mason or Richard Henry Lee.

The modus operandi of revisionists is to search for anything that agrees with their belief’s while omitting anything that doesn’t. They love to take quotes of the founders out of context and read their own ideas into the founding documents, specifically into the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The 19th century English poet Coventry Patmore said had great spiritual insight into human nature and spoke about the truth in a way that is revealing of those who continually deny the truth, he said: “One fool will deny more truth in half an hour than a wise man can prove in seven years.” Doesn’t this fit today’s revisionists, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, they continue to insist that America was founded a secular nation! Undeterred by the continual repudiation of their beliefs, they continue to contrive new evidence to fit their notions.


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Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

Great Hub my friend. Thanks.


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

I just rated this hub up. Great job.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thank you so much, its great to have someone read your stuff


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Fabulous Hub! You spoke to truth with power. Your message could not have been delivered better. Thank you for this. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thank you James for your words of encouragement. That's what I really want to do, speak the truth with power as often as I can. Thanx again!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

I am so glad to see that someone else

understands the Treaty of Tripoli. Talk

about words being taken out of context!

Most people do not know, nor was I taught that

in school.......the Treaty was written while a

brand new nation, without a strong naval force

was under attact by pirates.......or that

the famed crusades came out as a result of being under Muslim attack for years.

Sound familiar?

Many of our national problems are historic and

not new to our times.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

onegoodwoman--- My son took a history course in college and they taught him all this liberal propaganda including proof America is secular using the Treaty of Tripoli. I'm not sure these folks care about the truth, there to busy brainwashing are young people.

About are conflict with Islam, most of us see this as a new thing but its gone on a longtime.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Speaking the TRUTH is always God's way! I voted this Hub UP!!!! AMEN!


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

While I agree with your point, I also feel the words written in the late 18th century need to be examined in the context of those times. I have no argument with one nation under God -- provided it is understood that God reveals His presence in many ways. There is room in this world for all and we should practice tolerance as Jesus taught us to do. I think it unfortunate that the words of a group of men of two centuries ago are considered almost as gospel, as though they magically had all the answers, which even they state was never their intention. They put together a framework for the governance of a nation based on the best of those ideas available to them. Thomas Jefferson often wrote these ideas should be changed and rewritten as the need to do so arose.

Would they feel pride in their accomplishments if they came back today and saw the bickering, bigoted, intolerant, corrupt, self-serving, greedy,ignorant rabble that passes for the peoples' government today? Saw the decay that marks this society?

I think not. A Christian nation by way of founding? -- definitely. A Christian nation in practice? -- not at all. So instead of this old argument, which strikes me as productive as the old church debate on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin -- let's turn our attentions and energies toward building the kind of society the founding fathers and Jesus might find some satisfaction within.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

lmmartin-- Thank you for your comments and insights, I'll be sure to read more of your articles on improving my writing skills.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

drpastorcarlotta- The truth is something that we can't afford to compromise, especially when its the truth about this countries foundation. There a big difference between a country founded on christian principles as opposed to secular humanism. The assumptions about our laws depend on this, the role of our government and schools depends on this!


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orlansison 5 years ago from Pangasinan Philippines

Nice hub, I heard A story about America and Mexico and I don't expect to read it here in your pages. A group of people looking for a place to worship God (America) and a group of people looking for a gold (Mexico). Yet the second group is one of the poorest country and America is the no.1...Thanks


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

orlansison--Nice to see you on my hub! I believe it's true that a nation's early settlers can direct its destiny because values tend to be passed down generation to generation. I heard a similar story about the Jamestown settlement in Virginia which was originally settled in search of gold whereas the Pilgrims settlement in Plymouth Massachusetts originally sought after the lord. Jamestown was destroyed while the Plymouth settlement greatly prospered.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Interesting hub, I will bookmark it and re-read it!God Bless!


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thebrucebeat 5 years ago from Nags Head, NC

So part of your position is the Treaty of Tripoli proves nothing because the leaders of the country were willing to publicly and on the record sell out the countries founding Christian principles to protect the lives of sailors? Really? That says even less about them than the defense of America as a theologically heterogenous society. You proudly state that the founders who signed that document were happy to actually stand for nothing at all, but instead say anything necessary to achieve a given result. Are those the founders you wish to honor? I think they were more credible than that. God knows, I hope they were.

Christine O'Donnell was laughed at because the separation is inherent in the first amendment, and the fact that the words "separation of church and state" do not appear does not mean the intent is not clear. There can be no establishment of religion nor any prohibition of its free exercise.

God's law has already been established by Him. Our laws are designed to allow us the freedom to find those laws as our spirit directs us. That is the great gift of America. Like Eden, it is a land where we are free to make our own decisions, both good and bad.

Read my hub,

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Rights-Rig...

God does not need the USA's help. He didn't divide the world into countries. We did that.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

thebrucebeat-- Thank you for your thoughtful comments! I don't feel that the Founders sold out their principles with the statements of the treaty of tripoli because we weren't a Christian nation as the Muslims understood a Christian nation to be. We never attempted to convert other nations to Christianity by force as the european crusader type Christian nations had.

I don't feel that separation of church and state as generally understood today, is inherant in the first admendment. Establishment of a national denomination is not the same as separating religion from all civil government and society. All the first admendment prohibited was the establishment of a national denomination such as in England with the Anglican church.

Some say that you can't legislate morallity but our laws legislate morally all the time. Laws against murder, stealing, rape, and prostitution also biblical commands. The moral assumptions in The Constitution borrowed heavily from British common law and natural law which for the large part are based in the scriptures.

I look foward to reading your article.


thebrucebeat 5 years ago

But that's not what the first amendment says. It doesn't say we won't establish a denomination, it says we will establish no Religion! Don't reword it to suit your own purpose.

So now you are saying the Treaty of Tripoli is ok because they were simply fooling the Muslims and not stating a truth that they could stand by? We were still a Christian nation by our standards but not by theirs, so we could state in official language that we were not, when actually we were? That's the solid ground you want to stand on? Really?


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

thebrucebeat--Thanx again for your comments, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on these issues.


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Well written and argued! Wishing I'd read this before responding to comments on some of my hubs. Will at least go add a link to this from some of mine. Good explanation of Madison's views in late life not being a reflection of the intent of the Founders.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thank you so much for your gracious comments Ms Dee. I am honored that you would consider my Hub to be worthy to add a link from your Hubs. I will look to do the same! Glad I could shed a little light on Madison's troubling later life views. We've all had doubts and lost faith to some degree during our lives. If someone picked apart everything I said in my life it would be a pretty confusing story. Many comments used by historical revisionist's, take reactionary quotes and read them into the Constitution. This is why context is so crucial.Thanx so much for stopping by. -Will


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Yes, context is the means for interpretation of the intent. Exactly!


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Good point! You can't know intent, without understanding the context.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Amen, brother! The media will do whatever it can to discredit Christians, including twisting history. Good writing.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY Author

prairieprincess - Thanx for stopping by! You got that right, the left wing media will spare no effort in discrediting everthing Christian unless it can be used to further thier agenda! They knew Christine O’Donnell, was correct in her 1st Amendment statements but pretended otherwise in order to smear her! Blessings to You! -WBA


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

You know, I am really glad I read this because I always had a funny feeling about O'Donnell being laughed at for asking what to me seemed like a pertinent question. I, like most of my peers have never been taught the Constitution in any of my classes. It was all very vague. It goes to show that popular opinion isn't necessarily fact.

The other thing that occurred to me as I read the portion about why Christians came to America (you gave an excellent reason as to why they didn't need to leave Holland), is that when I have read or been taught about why people immigrated, mandates like the Mayflower compact seemed like empty words - this again is the work of a liberal education. One teacher told us that everything that happened in history was all about politics.

I'm going to look at that statement with a very critical eye from now on - it makes all of humanity no better than animals.

I can't buy that the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli isn't indicative of the beliefs of the day - it would seem that someone outright lied or that there is meaning there we are missing. Obviously not in line with the statements and actions of America's founders, it is nevertheless a small foothold upon which progressives wish to wage war upon.

This quote, “One fool will deny more truth in half an hour than a wise man can prove in seven years," tickled me. Never a truer thing has been said of those who deny truth. It seems like when I deal with a radical liberal, they open their mouths and spew garbage and you can't argue against it because their arguments are based on their own warped sense of reality and it comes at you machine gun style - which fits the time constraints in the quote very nicely.

Awesome hub - thank you for the education.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Alexander Mark- Thank you so much for your comments! Your not kidding, what they teach in the schools today is carefully crafted leftist talking points! What happened too teaching kids how to think! Excellent insight into seeing through the liberal snow job about everything being about politics! The most effective way liberals, distort history is what they omit from the history books, although their not shy about writing absolute lies either , if it suits thier purpose!

To a liberal , history is really irrelevant anyway because they see it as a time when we were less evolved. From thier point of view, the only thing that matters is that were progressing toward thier twisted utopia. Great insight in what you observed about the left seeing humanity as no different than animals, this is a cornerstone of thier true belief system. To them, poeple are no more than cogs in the engine of the state, because without God the only reality is the here and now!

Your on the right track, my advice to you is to assume that anything the left says is a lie until proven otherwise!


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HLPhoenix 4 years ago

First you might go to TuroSynagogue.org and look at George Washington's letter to the Jews... it is in here while the States were Radifying the Freedom of and From Religion clauses of the 1st Ammendment... That our President wrote the words that so enriched this Country... he also wrote to other Minorities like Roman Catholics and Baptists. The Colonies were founded by a variety of Religious/Christian groups seeking Freedom for themselves and denying it to everyone else... it was at the Constitutional Convention where both Christian and Deist Founding Father's realized that 'Who's' version of Christianity or Religion would rule... that the brilliant decision to Protect both Freedom of Conscience for Everyone (not just certain Christians) from the Power of the State... and to Protect the State and ALL the Citizens from the interference of any particular Religious Group. Lots of votes were for Established Religion but more were against it... Please see my Hub... God Didn't Give Us Our Freedoms... The Constitution Did. It is strictly Christian Revisionism that insists that The United States of America... was founded on Christian Religious Principals... Let us keep the Individual Colonies founding principles separate from the Great Leap Forward the United States of America gave to the World.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

HLPhoenix- Thank you for your comments! I am interested in your take on the specific points of this Hub, although I will also read your Hub. You've obviously done a good deal of research as I have!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a wonderful hub, and I am sorry I haven't read your hubs before. This hub is telling the truth about our nation, and our religion does seem to be under attack, and is no longer being protected.

Thank you so much for this hub.

Voted up!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Michele Travis - Thank you so much for your kind comments! And you are very correct, Christianity is under assult, history has been rewritten to distort America's true Christian foundations and its connection to our Constitution.


Brenda Durham 4 years ago

Voted up and interesting, and beautiful because the Truth is a beautiful thing. Glad to come across you and your writings here.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Brenda Durham- Thanx for your encouraging words! I have just begun to look into this subject that's been ignored or rewritten in our schools and elsewhere! The more I read about America's true history the more it confirms to me its Christian heritage.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 3 years ago

whab1o8@yahoo.com. Very interesting thought provoking article in regards to "America's Christian Roots"! The statement of the first settlers speaks volumes: "for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith”. Their intent was pretty clear...

History can be suppressed but not changed... The TRUTH is indeed POWERFUL! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans- Thanx so much for stopping by! I wasn't taught any of this in school but its good to have learned it. And your very right, eventually the truth prevails regardless of the formidable and organizated effort to surpress it!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Great hub! You have written of profound truth, and truth never comes back void! Enjoyed reading. Excellent write.

Up and more, pinning and tweeting

God bless,

Faith Reaper


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wba108@yahoo.com 2 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Faith Reaper -Thank you so much for your kind words and accolades!


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William Emmons 23 months ago from Johnstown, New York

Nice Job. I loved the clear line of thought and the well documented historical facts without being unnecessarily abusive to those on the left who have not been taught the real history of America. A simple stroll through our capital, and many of it's public buildings, would pose a huge issue for those who have believed the fictional account being promoted by liberals about the separation of Church and State... There is nothing like the truth to confuse those who don't want to hear it. The truth... It's Out There! :-)


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wba108@yahoo.com 23 months ago from upstate, NY Author

Pastor Bill- Thanks for your gracious comments. Unless they try to grind off the scripture verses from the monuments it's hard to explain why they have them all around Washington DC. As for the separation of church and State, it's clear that it's an institutional separation only and only at the state level. The founders didn't want the church leadership running the government or the government running the church at the national level.

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