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The “religious right” in the US has for a long time now tried to rewrite history to show that this country was “founded by and for Christians.” As with a lot of causes put forward by this group, they’ve taken about 1 fact out of 100 related to the subject, that supports their hypothesis, and focused on that. They seem to forget that the “founding fathers” explicitely left religion out of the constitution. They seem to ignore all the quotes you can find showing the “founding fathers” may not even have considered themselves Christians at all. Look at these quotes: Quotes from the United States of America’s Founding Fathers
Let’s look at what’s really going on. Assume for a second that the “founding fathers” did in fact consider themselves Christians. Knowing that they explicitely left religion out of the constitution, what grounds can exist to declare that the US was “founded by and for Christians?” Would it simply be the fact that they were Christians, albeit bad or unwilling ones? To show how absurd this argument is, would anyone in this day and age declare that the US was “founded by and for White people?” I would think not, unless the person lives in certain isolated areas of the South (who also happens to think it’s a bad idea to apologize for lynchings), and most of the country would consider these people crazy. But what’s the difference? Both demographics (White and Christian) were 100% represented in the “founding fathers.”
The difference is that one of these statements is politically incorrect and one isn’t. One has the protection of having religious overtones, which is seemingly off-topic for criticism by any politician since they’re all cowards.
How long do you think it will be until kids textbooks teach this garbage? Actually, they probably already do…
I’d really like to hear any sane arguments trying to show that the US was in fact founded by and for Christians. I’m curious if there are any.