These are merely questions that I have posed to myself. They are personal opinion, and thoughts, and should be taken as such. They are not meant to be a criticism of anyone's belief system, only to be personal musings.
Why is America so violent?
Was America really founded as a Christian nation?
Every time an election draws near, we again are being bombarded with calls by the Christian Right to "take back America" by electing officials that will uphold the ideals of the Founding Fathers and bring Christianity back to our land. The idea of Christians "taking back America" is an impossibility, it can never happen because America was never a Christian nation, it was never intended to be such. To believe such a thing is to believe a lie.
A good example of this lie is found in the writings of the founder of the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson. In his book The Turning Tide he writes:
Christian values may have contributed to the thinking of some of the Founders, but to say that these men were Christians simply is not true. It is true that many of the Founders applauded religion for its utility, and believed religion was good for the country, but they also argued for voluntary religion and complete religious freedom.
America was founded during the Age of Reason. Deism was the prevailing "religion" of the time. A faith based on nature, the laws of nature, and the creation. It is a natural religion as opposed to revealed or man-made, artificial religion. Deism says that it is rationality and reason that leads to God. To the Deist, the evidence is the creation and the idea of what brought about the evidence is the Creator. Deism teaches that no one knows for certain what happens after death, if anything at all. It teaches that, based on the creation we are all a part of, we shouldn't worry about it. That instead, we should be concerned for the present and future of planet Earth and humanity.
It has been said that at Benjamin
Franklin's suggestion the Constitutional Convention
opened its morning sessions with prayer, that there
was complete agreement and that each day began
and ended with prayer. However, the truth of the
matter is there was not a prayer offered in the
Convention from the time it opened until the day
The Constitutional Convention was made up of men who represented the general populace of this nation, and nearly unanimously the members opposed the proposition, no vote was even considered for this proposition and Franklin himself, in reference to it, says: " The Convention, except three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary."
The original Constitution, when completed, did not provide for any of the freedoms that the people of this nation felt were necessary, so a series of amendments were proposed.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution states:
James Madison, the author of this Amendment, and much of the Constitution, was not Christian, but a Deist. His original proposal for a bill of rights provision concerning religion read:
" Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together"
His views were not Christian by any means, proclaiming Christianity to cause:
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, brought into law the principled basis for the Bill of Rights. In the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, he wrote:
"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
George Washington, our first president seems to have had no interest in the forms and creeds of institutional religion. Although he often referred to Providence as an impersonal force, remote, and abstract, he never declared himself a Christian according to contemporary reports or in any of his many volumes of correspondence. He championed the cause of freedom from religious intolerance and compulsion. When John Murray, a Universalist, who denied the very existence of Hell, was invited to become an army chaplain, the other chaplains petitioned for his dismissal. Instead, Washington gave him the appointment. Washington uttered no words of a religious nature and did not call for a clergyman to be in attendance of his deathbed.
Washington believed in the freedom to follow one's conscience in the matter of worship. He wrote:
John Adams, himself a Deist, wrote:
Thomas Paine, a pamphleteer whose manifestoes encouraged the faltering spirits of the country and aided materially in winning the War of Independence, wrote in, The Age of Reason, that Christianity;
Benjamin Franklin, wrote:
Ethan Allen, patriot and leader of the Green Mountain Boys, stopped his own wedding until the presiding judge affirmed that "God" referred to the God of Nature and not to the God of the Bible. He wrote in Reason: The Only Oracle Of Man: