The following is part of a discussion from the GOP LinkedIn page. Yes, I do correspond with them, and am generally received a warm response, though mostly in disagreement. My discussions concerning religion are no exception.
In this case, the original statement was “Which God Did Our Founding Fathers Follow?” My initial response was “None of the above.”
Though our Founders were mostly of the Christian faith, with a number of notable exceptions including Jefferson and Franklin, the language found in the Declaration and the Constitution really does not refer to the gods of the great western religions and most of the eastern beliefs do not have a true deity.
We seem to forget the words that follow Jefferson’s statement concerning our rights to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Jefferson continued, “That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.” Not of God or gods.
One respondent stated,
Thanks for your response David. I am familiar with the arguments both supporting and denying the idea. It is an interesting academic study; though, as I stated in the post, a distraction from the actual meaning and intent of the documents.
I will agree to the statement that the United States was not founded as a Christian nation though.
One person, however, took to great posturing as it concerned my statement of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic god (or gods).
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