U.S. Was Founded By Christians For Christians

Every time I hear someone say that the United States was founded on the principle of religious freedom I get frustrated. The belief that the first settlers came here to practice their religion freely is grossly misunderstood. The freedom our founding fathers were in search of was the freedom to not be persecuted for their religious beliefs by the Catholic Church. By religious beliefs I mean Christianity, or better yet Protestantism. The idea that this country was not founded by Christians, and that our founding fathers were not Christians is ignorance. The writers of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and all or our laws  were Christian men. White Christian men. The idea that women were considered is ignorance. This is apparent throughout the Constitution. There was no idea of any other non Christian religion, no religion, pagan or Jewish religion to any documents written when the forming of our government was happening.

Let me give you some examples in the form of quotes by our founding fathers.

John Adams:

“I must not write a  word to you about politics because you are a woman.”

“Our Constitution was made only for the moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

George Washington:

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that natural morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

“We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.”

John Quincy Adams:

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this, it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

James K Polk:

“The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests. Under the benign act providence of almighty God the representatives of the states and of the people are again brought together to deliberate for the public good.:

Patrick Henry:

“It cannot be emphasized enough to strongly or to often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”


3 responses to “U.S. Was Founded By Christians For Christians

  1. Remember that Catholics came to America seeking religious freedom and freedom from persecution also (in the colony of Maryland). The Puritans and Pilgrims were not trying to escape the persecution of the Catholic Church (which had been all but driven out of England), but that of the state-supported Church of England. The Church of England is what the Puritans wanted to “purify” (of what they saw to be Catholic influences).


  2. Paul

    When you can twist and turn history, or make people forget about their history, you create loggerheads between those who know history and those who think they know history, and today most people think they know history but few actually do. All 204 individual “Founding Fathers”: signers of the Declaration, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, and first term congresspersons following the first election after the Constitution, were all affiliated with a Christian denomination; Anglican/Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Congregationalist being the largest three.

    The religious liberty enshrined in our Constitution, which is not a separation of Church and State, the free exercise and no establishment clauses, were enshrined largely because of the worry of the three aforementioned Protestant groups. The Episcopalians, largely concentrated in the Coastal Mid Atlantic region and other population centers, did not want the Northeastern Congregationalists to have a monopoly on religion, whom in turn did not want the frontier Presbyterians to have a monopoly on religion, who in turn did not want the Episcopalians to have such a monopoly (with the smaller denominations also feeling the same way). As a result, the no establishment and free exercise clause was originally developed out of suspicion of one another, therefore, any man would be allowed to choose his religious affiliation without fear of having his religion become suspect or bullied by another, probably, larger religious group, but of course, the expectation was that everyone would join a religious denomination – something they probably didn’t think through properly in retrospect.

    However, it is important to note, that Unitarians like John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson (they are not Deists, very few of the Founders were, the only definite three being Thomas Paine, if you consider him a founder, Ben Franklin and Cornelius Hunt) were considered a part of the larger Christian religion, generally seen as the more liberal wing of Congregationalism. Historic Unitarianism, which was Christ-centric, and Bible-based, per se, has nothing in common with contemporary Unitarian Universalism, which is just a humanist neo-pagan religion that pays lip service to Jesus from time to time when they feel necessary.


    • I do not disagree with you, however my post was referring to ‘founding’ ideas. The Establishment Clause was not passed until 1947 with Everson v Board of Education. The Free Exercise Clause was passed in 1878 Reynolds v United States.


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