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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.:
“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.”