Christian rooted nation

Signers of the declaration of independence

The media has been pumping in full volume the less desirable aspects of our nations history and gives a one sided argument that is unquestioned in the classroom which degrades our core values, and the rich history that America possesses. While it is true that humanity the world over has been bigoted and oppressive, the United States is no exception. But it is an undeniable fact that it was the core values of our forefathers that got us where we are today.

it is evident that people do not evolve but ideas do, we learn from our mistakes, and it is no trivial matter to deconstruct the establishment of what has grown into the greatest nation the world has ever seen.

We are the great melting pot of society, our work ethics, our diversity of religion, the desire for freedom, and all other human rights afforded to every citizen under the protective umbrella of the bill of rights, a document drafted over two hundred years ago, by inspired men as an iron clad guarantee to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. something which created an stepping stone to an even greater truth that all men are created equal. And that is more valuable to me than the progressive moral relativism that is creeping in to today's world, the increasing greed evidenced by the growing factor of divorce, cohabitation, welfare recipients, crooked businessmen, drug use, abortion, and the desire for government socialization all under the guise of personal freedom.

Taking a look at the religious affiliation of the original signers of the declaration of independence it goes without saying that each and every one of them believed in God. Some of these things might be shocking for the average American to learn about since our secular historians aren't permitted to teach children in school anything about the religious background held by the forefathers of the United States, or the huge influence their beliefs in God had on the founding of this nation. All we get to hear about is oppressive bureaucratic, slave owning, war mongers who didn't want to pay their taxes.

In reality these men were products of their time. It may be held as a disgusting afterthought by your descendants to think that their great grandparents owned gas guzzling, air polluting, automobiles, or that they used ozone depleting chemicals for every day use in the form of spray cans. In fact most of these men were far ahead of their time when it came to organizing and effectively applying the precepts which we take advantage of in this day.

32 signers of this country's founders who signed the declaration of independence were Episcopalian/Anglican, 13 were Congregationalists, 12 were Presbyterians, 2 were Quakers, 2 were Unitarians, and one was Catholic. Each having their own personal convictions, and devotion to God, but most of them believed the one truth that Jesus is the Christ and savior of our souls.

And this is not the only American document, there were others such as the articles of confederation which were signed by 48 Episcopalian/Anglicans, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, a Catholic, a Quaker, a Huguenot, a Lutheran, and several Protestants.

Also there was the Delegates to the constitutional convention, who all had similar religious affiliations, most of whom believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jefferson

"...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 prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." Thomas Jefferson.

We often see this phrase out of context, as it is quoted again and again as the mantra of those who wish to completely remove religion from our politics, our schools, and our history. What the deconstruction movement in American politics fails to recognize is the fact that this theme given by Jefferson was reiterated by him that it is vital to the basic freedoms of the individual that there be no state governed church. It is a well known fact that this was the case with their previous English oppressors, and it was the driving force that lead countless pilgrims, and pioneers to travel westward in search for freedom of religious worship.

This is the value that America was founded on! It was not created with underlying notions of a God free nation, devised by baseless deists who's goal was to eradicate the ideology of policies, forged with the consideration of the very being who had created them.

Religious explosion in America

Since the time that the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock countless Christians around the world followed in their footsteps.

What started with the pilgrims followed with the immigration of Puritans and Quakers. In Pennsylvania came German sects of Dunkers, Schwenkfelders, Moravians, and baptists. Roman Catholics in Maryland, The church of England established in Virginia.

Then came the first great awakening in the 1730's and rose up the Evangelical movement, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans.

Then in the second great awakening starting in 1800 came Anglicans, Congregationalists, and Mormons.

Then in the 1870's the Third great awakening came, birthing such denominations as Christian science, Jehovah's witnesses, and Pentecostals.

Allegiance to God

Many of those who are reading this article are probably carrying an oath to God in their pocket. Attached to nearly every form of American currency are those famous words, "In God we trust." Not only is belief in God on our money, it's in our pledge of allegiance, "one nation under God.." It's in our national anthem, "And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"" and it's its on our national memorials. Oh yes God was on the minds of the people when this country was created.

Thomas Jefferson

"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."
--The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.

George Washington

"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
--The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.

John Adams

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
--Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

John Handcock

"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us."
--History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.

Samuel Adams

"And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace."
--As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.

James Madison

"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."

--America's Providential History, p. 93.

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William Penn

William Penn who founded the State of Pennsylvania was a religious leader in the Quaker faith. The principles he laid out for a democratic republic were a large inspiration for the framework of the United states constitution. There should be no doubt as to the religious conviction which was held by Penn, he was imprisoned for his faith, and even shunned by his own father for his convictions.

Roger Williams

Williams founded the providence of Rhode Island, and also started the First Baptist church in America. He was a proponent of religious freedom, and advocated the separation of church and state, declaring that it was based on a principle of forced worship which; "stinks in the nostrils of God.”

George Whitfield

A major influence on the people of the colonial Era was George Whitfield, he was an Anglican minister, and was a heavily influential spiritual leader in both the American colonies, and in Britain. His unique preaching style helped the spread of the first great Awakening. his approach of preaching was quite different from the traditional one where the congregation would sit and listen to a preacher, he sparked deep emotions in the people and subsequently personal revelation became more important than formal education for preachers. This drastic change in religious assertions also sparked a need for freedom in other ways that undermined the English rule, and therefore was another factor in the cause of the American revolution. It is note worthy to add that over fifty percent of the signers of the declaration of independence were Anglicans or Episcopalians.

The very reason that I have written this article is the implicit fact that when people see a small excerpt which puts the foundations of this nation in a good light, and speaks of the founding fathers without holding them to today's standards of overt political correctness, tolerance, and hypersensitivity is to counter the social pessimists that come out of the woodwork's and dominate the media and rewrite history, to downplay the huge amount of progression that American society has made from it's very beginnings. It eats them up to think that such a great nation was founded on Christian principles, by Christian people.

It is an undeniable fact that while the rest of the world has been and in many parts continues to be ruled by oppression, bigotry, slavery, America moved forward and away from oppressive traditions. While the rest of the world was being ruled by a state ran religion the founding fathers of the Untied States opposed this long standing factor. They stood for freedom, and in all circles when things such as slavery was torn down, it was by the religious people of this nation, and through their pulpit preaching which brought that institution down. The same was true with the civil rights movement.

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mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

What is missing throughout this article is that religion was standard up until the mid-19th century...

There had not yet been any scientific evidence refuting Christianity..... There was not a non-religious alternative...and there certainly was bigotry against Jews and complete denial of Muslims (a sizeable percentage of the slave population were Muslim prior to their importation to North America).

Theenvironment to openly challenge Christianity at all did not exist....

In other words...there was less knowledge and less freedom to share what might be considered "heresy" or "blasphemy"...

On another note, while the Founding Fathers are found within the realm of Christianity....in this overall way they then completely differ....having very diverse perspectives on who or what God is and the relationship he/it could have....

To use the broad brushstroke of "Christian" is an example of fallacy....

Instead of constantly trying to place ourselves centuries in the past, it is vital to keep history within the perspective of the present and future...

Let us not keep trying to go backwards.... Social evolution is taking place, and Christianity will have to learn to live without the privilege of monopoly...


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aguasilver 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Good hub, point out the truths that most modernists refuse to accept and attempt to discredit (as mikelong does) the fact is that America will either decide to follow and obey God, or perish.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington Author

Mikelong,

The very reason that I have written this article is the implicit fact that when people see a small excerpt which puts the foundations of this nation in a good light, and speaks of the founding fathers without holding them to today's standards of overt political correctness, tolerance, and hypersensitivity is to counter the social pessimists that come out of the woodworks and dominate the media and rewrite history, to downplay the huge amount of progression that American society has made from it's very beginnings. It eats them up to think that such a great nation was founded on Christian principles, by Christian people.

It is an undeniable fact that while the rest of the world has been and in many parts continues to be ruled by oppression, bigotry, slavery, America moved forward and away from oppressive traditions. While the rest of the world was being ruled by a state ran religion the founding fathers of the Untied States opposed this long standing factor. They stood for freedom, and in all circles when things such as slavery was torn down, it was by the religious people of this nation, and through their pulpit preaching which brought that institution down. The same was true with the civil rights movement.

But let's forget all of that and move forward, blindly into the future, forgetting who and what brought us here.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington Author

Aguasilver, I couldn't agree with you more.


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mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

Onusonus....

Which history has been rewritten?

The United States still promotes oppression, bigotry, and slavery...

From intentionally low-paying, unorganizable temp labor that enriches Walmart while driving down wages (through their distribution centers, for example)to interfering in the inner workings of other nations, like China and Haiti to name only a couple:

http://james4america.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/wiki...

http://www.alternet.org/story/43051/

We have emerged from 8 years of Republican domination to realize that the Bush Administration overtly lied about WMD's in Iraq in order to wrongly justify the illegal invasion of Iraq....

How many Americans have died.....not to mention Iraqis?

While Dick Cheney, Halliburton, Dyncorp, and other leeches in the clothing of corporations have sucked the lifeblood out of the United States citizenry, "American" (evidently "Christian American" values are clearly displayed through the actions of these companies and their employees....

http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2010/12/dyncorp-exg...

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/12/wi...

But, looking at American history....this is nothing new...

The pattern of greed leading to deception and lying, that in turn leads to the needless death of Americans and others is a long established tradition...

Mexico (on more than one occasion), Cuba (more than once), Haiti (several times).....not to mention what happened to Native Americans....(and what continues to happen based on the pattern of inequality and injustice facing native nations on their own soil, as well as within the larger U.S. socio-economic-political construct...

You can pull the blanket over your eyes and cuddle with your crucifix....but you are only deluding yourselves...

There is no escaping the harsh, bitter reality that American policies have created both domestically and abroad....

One can only try to ignore the truth and put blinders on...

That is what is being communicated through your response Onusonus..

As for Aguasilver...

The course of this nation has nothing to do with religion...especially Christianity...

"Going back to God" is a phrase that is complete unrealistic and a false notion...

There was never anything "Godlike" here to be established or to perpetuate...

People are so blinded by the Bible that they can't see the reality in front of their faces...

"let's not forget who and what brought us here".....

Who brought us here?

Your assumption that humanity has "progressed" (somehow becoming a "better" being now than in the past) is completely false...

Technology has progressed...but even then, its advances increasingly cause more harm than good.... Progress for technology does not directly correlate to human progress....in fact, they both head in opposing directions...

If I am to figure out "who brought us here" by looking at the evolution of the United States, then it is definitely not "God" who has influenced this creation.... Looking at the pursuits that Americans are prodded to follow...(the drive for wealth..profit over benefitting others....the quest to hold unrelenting power domestically and abroad by any means necessary....greed) I see the traits of Satanism far more than its opposite...and it has been this way since the nation was founded....

Not much has changed...


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington Author

Mike,

It is evident that people do not evolve but ideas do, we learn from our mistakes, and it is no trivial matter to deconstruct the establishment of what has grown into the greatest nation the world has ever seen.

It is called Ideological subversion when our enemies, through media communication, pump in full volume the less desirable aspects of our nations history and give a one sided argument that is unquestioned in the classroom which degrades our core values, and the rich history that America possesses. Yes, humanity the world over has been bigoted and oppressive, and the United States is no exception. But it is an undeniable fact that it was the core values of our forefathers that got us where we are today.

We are the great melting pot of society, our work ethics, our diversity of religion, the desire for freedom, and all other human rights afforded to every citizen under the protective umbrella of the bill of rights, a document drafted over two hundred years ago, by inspired men as an iron clad guarantee to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. something which created an stepping stone to an even greater truth that all men are created equal. And that, my friend, is more valuable to me than the progressive moral relativism that is creeping in to today's world, the increasing greed evidenced by the growing factor of divorce, cohabitation, welfare recipients, crooked businessmen, drug use, abortion, and the desire for government socialization all under the guise of personal freedom.


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mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

People do evolve....

The expansion of non-religion is an aspect of this transformation... Acknowledging the lack of need for a "divine source", knowing that I am who I am based off the decisions I make regardless of any "spiritual" justifications....this is a representation of human evolution...

In terms of the United States being the greatest nation ever on earth....that is arguable and depends wholly on who's perspective is being given...

"It is called Ideological subversion when our enemies, through media communication, pump in full volume the less desirable aspects of our nations history and give a one sided argument that is unquestioned in the classroom which degrades our core values, and the rich history that America possesses."

Do you mean the rich history that was stolen, and then repackaged to cover up the crimes that were committed?

From the illegal removal of the Cherokee under President Jackson to the illegal deportation of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression....where is the truth? From the illegal invasion of Cuba in 1898 to the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003....what has changed?

Who is this enemy that you refer to?

Subversion?

So when we tell the truth about the United States....when I point to the School of the Americas...the numerous acts of imperialism at the hands of the CIA entangled with corporate interests...am I lying?

No...

When people point out the actual happenings...the real story of this nation it is not subversion....it is simply facing up to what actually transpired...

To many fall back on the false nationalism that has been purposely crafted over the past century to deny what actually took place...

Did the United States commit cultural and physical genocide against native Americans?

Yes... Does bigotry against native Americans still take place....of course... The concentration camps dubbed "reservations" still show the lack of connection between the conquerors (Americans) and those they have tried to eliminate...

"Yes, humanity the world over has been bigoted and oppressive, and the United States is no exception. But it is an undeniable fact that it was the core values of our forefathers that got us where we are today."

Like slavery.....which still continues in a variety of forms.... This is why America is home to a plutocratic elite that increases its wealth while the majority of Americans are falling further behind...

The economic "race to the bottom".....and it started when the very first settlers from England set foot on this continent... From wealthy person hoping to collect the diamonds on the beaches (actual claims from Virginia Company propaganda used to lure investors into support for "New World" policies) to indentured servitude and slavery...the race to increase personal profit by any means necessary...

That hasn't changed at all..... From United Fruit (now Chiquita, Dole, and Del Monte) to American maquilas in Mexico and the actions of Enron....the foundation of this nation has been mired in deceit, selfishness, and exploitation of the weak....

When slavery became illegal, the rapid importation of Chinese, Mexicans, and other traditional "undesireables" increased.... This has not changed....but now companies can simply move their operations elsewhere....like Haiti...

Did you read the link I posted in my previous message regarding ongoing harmful actions of the U.S. towards Haiti?

Do Haitians see the United States as the "greatest" nation on the planet? Or will we find harsh criticisms instead?

I will agree that English Common Law and "Enlightenment" themes found their way into the American consciousness, but I argue that this is more a tactic to bring about hegemony than to seriously care about the rights of man... The proof of this is the fact that it took 100 years following the end of the Civil War for Civil Rights to take affect....and even then the assistance has been inconsistent, mediocre, and are increasingly under attack... While we have Habeus Corpus...while there are standards concerning "freedom" there are more and more loopholes available that enable corrupt law enforcement take advantage of the poor and marginalized...

Instead of open racism....it now is "color-blind"...

"We are the great melting pot of society, our work ethics, our diversity of religion, the desire for freedom, and all other human rights afforded to every citizen under the protective umbrella of the bill of rights, a document drafted over two hundred years ago, by inspired men as an iron clad guarantee to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. something which created an stepping stone to an even greater truth that all men are created equal"

Except if one is a Muslim...or if one is an atheist....or part of a Christian sect that is deemed heretical...

Increasing greed?

No.....it is the same greed....but now we can more readily see it and point it out... I can tell you about the American coup in Iran during the 1950's because technology enables me to find these sources and share them... Haiti....without Wikileaks we would no very little about American manipulation in that nation...so that Hanes and Levis can make even more money for themselves...at the expense of American jobs..

Divorce is a good thing....the traditional Western European institution of marriage is gravely flawed.... Cohabitation is an aspect of social evolution that is beneficial....people are free to find a partner that works well with them, as opposed to jumping into a failed marriage... My parents have been married almost 40 years....but they most certainly were not happy, and I see the regrets in their faces and hear it in their voices when I am around them... I am happy to live in a society where marriage is not an important issue...or at least is declining in importance.... The "norm" of "one man and one woman" is false and ethno-religious centric...

Welfare recipients? Are these bad? The need for welfare is a demonstration that the status quo economic development has failed.... Shall we start discussing the yeoman farmers of England and analyzing the emergence of a new social stata called the "unemployed"....and now the "underemployed"?

Real history comes to service here....not the glossed over nonsense that is typically taught in schools....especially Christian schools...

As a tutor and teacher for both public and private education institutions (and a former public and private school student) I am using my specific personal experiences to justify this point...

Drug use? Shall we begin talking about white landowners and property owners (like those moving goods on and off ships in the Gulf of Mexico) that intentionally fed their black labor cocaine (without telling the workers of course) in order to increase productivity? Shall we then discuss the consequences of this creation of addiction? Then we can also share about how this problem was then spun (ignoring the "white Christians" responsible) onto the African American population?

Of course, that lovely aspect of American history will not be taught in school either....

The more and more scrutiny levelled towards religion and the role of it, specifically Christianity, in the United States, the more hypocrisy is seen....the less "divinely inspired" this nation becomes...

Abortion is not a bad thing at all....it serves a valuable service....and its use should be expanded... There are so many damaged youth with disabilities that cannot be cured, and that end up putting families onto welfare and public assistance because of the medical costs and the inability to work regularly based off the special needs of their children...

Abortion, in many cases, is completely justifiable....

But not if one is bound in an obsolete 2000 year old collection of assorted storytelling...

"By faith and not by sight".......one has to be blind in order to keep following the flawed, hypocritical, and harmful aspects that religion tends to create and perpetuate...


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

A quick check of Wikipedia indicates the phrase 'In God We Trust' had its origins in a similar phrase in our Anthem 'In God is Our Trust', written in 1814. That motto first began appearing on coins in 1864. The pledge of allegiance originated in 1942, with the words 'under god' added in 1954. 'In God We Trust' became our official motto in 1956.

There is an excellent article on HubPages that has Red Skelton doing a skit in the 60's that talks about how we was taught the pledge of allegiance, and how it had changed by the time he grew up. His one lament was that the addition of 'under God' might lead to arguments and divisibility. Sadly, he was prophetic on this point.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington Author

Mike,

The expansion of non-religion is an example of the evolution of ideas not people, it didn't take a mutation in cells for people to choose not to believe in God.

When I say that the US is the greatest nation on Earth I am speaking from my experience, and perspective, and could care less what you think of the abundance of freedoms you and I have regardless of what's happening in the rest of the world.

None of the crimes that were committed against humanity of which you listed have been covered up, it's pretty obvious that whoever tried to cover them up failed in their mission because you found out about them. I wrote an article strictly about the religious affiliations of our founding fathers, if I were to tell the entire story of the history of America I would be writing several dozens of books, and unlike our current history classes, I would not leave out their religion and beliefs in God.

I think it is evident that most nations don't like the United States for a myriad of reasons, religious, economy, wars, foreign policies. Lets not mention the fact that we have been going around liberating countries, and then as soon as they are free they want us to leave but they'll keep our money, lets not mention the billions and billions of dollars that we have given to them in aid. The United States is the largest contributor to the relief of starving countries in Africa, providing food, medicine, and dumping money into their economic structure. We are currently building up the economy of China with our addiction to cheap plastic crap, and throw away cars, because we can't afford American built "built to last" products.

I never once eluded to you being a liar, rather I am pointing out the fact that you are completely focused on the negative aspects of American history, as well as what seems to me to be nearly every other aspect of our culture and standing in the world. You are simply the product of the socially pessimistic point of view that the liberal media is using to brain wash you. Instead of accepting the fact that there were good things about our country along with bad, you only seem to be focused on the bad. So just forget about how horrible the death camps in Russia and Germany were, and only mention that the Japanese Americans were treated poorly. Forget about all the antisemitism that occurred in those countries leading to mass exterminations, and only focus on the hardships of the early American Jews.

As far as the so called poor treatment of Muslims and unpopular Christian sects in America, should we discuss the poor treatment of Christians in Muslim countries? Because I'm pretty sure you won't find a single video on the internet of Christians cutting off the heads of Muslims in today's society. By the way I'm a Mormon, and I can tell you that I work with a diversity of Christians who belong to the main stream. They have not treated me poorly, they have not denied me jobs, or excluded me from their social circles. So I can tell you from my own experience as well as every member of my family, and the people whom I attend church with, that they are treated just as well as any other red blooded American.

Divorce and abortion are good things? Give me a break. That's the exact kind of mentality that moral relativism produces. Truth is not subjective, and is not pendant on time or place. There are absolutes in truth and morality. Just because my neighbor, and perhaps the rest of society does it, it does not make it right.

Mike, it is not the religion that is flawed, it is the people who try to follow it.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington Author

Jim, Interesting point, I for one am glad that those words remain on our currency and in the pledge of allegiance. I think the people who put them there did a rare thing to stand up for what they believe in.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I agree with aguasilver! And in some cases where your health or arape victims situation, will abortion might be acceptable. But people with health problems avoid having kids and do something about preventing it so that they want have to get abortions! I Voted-Up! on this Hub!!! Blessings! Come and visit when you get a chance.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington Author

Carlotta, Thanks for reading, My opinion on birth control is that there are only a few rare instances when this should be considered. The bulk of Abortions in america are just out of convenience.

If Casey Anthony would have killed her child a few years earlier it would be a whole different discussion, and some people would have applauded her for exercising her "rights" to do with her body as she pleased. Food for thought.


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

Its difficult to reconcile today's views of Jefferson's beliefs with his actioms as president.

Jefferson regularly attended church services held at the capitol building with government paid chaplains. He also arranged for similar services to be conducted in the treasury and war offices of the executive branch. Jefferson used federal money to build churches and hire missionaries to promote Christianity among the Indians. He also felt that the bible should be the primary text used in public schools and used federal money to fund Christian schools.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington Author

Jefferson certainly wasn't the kind of Christian that most people would consider to meet the qualifications. I have found that some of his views on Jesus were quite abnormal, and so was his philosophy. He wrote a version of the bible that excluded any divine traits of Jesus. However I believe he never really wanted it to make it to the public's view.

Thanks for reading. I think this article will be a constant work in progress.

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