Overthrowing The American Theocracy



     Many Founders of the United States were devout people who counted a Creator as important to their lives. We also know they fled “the old country” to escape state-sponsored religious persecution.

     In dealing with the unification of disparate colonies, the Founders dealt with the pacification of many sects of Christianity, and of some non-Christian sects, such as deists. There were Unitarians to contend with, who denied the divinity of Christ. There were
Baptists. Quakers.

     Each sect had its own definition of what Christianity, God and religion really meant; each was equally fervent in its beliefs.

     Pro-religion sentiments from certain Founders can be lined-up from here to tomorrow, but to learn what the authors of our Constitution thought about mixing religion with government we must turn to where Newt Gingrich sent us: The Federalist Papers.

     Try it yourself. Purchase a paperback copy of The Federalist Papers at your local bookstore. Go to the Index and look under “religion” to read what The Founders had to say about the topic.

     James Madison, “Architect of the Constitution:”

             “A zeal for different opinions concerning religion...[has] divided
             mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and
             rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each
             other than to co-operate for their common good.”
(Paper No. 10)

     There was also Alexander Hamilton, who in Paper No. 69 describes the English Monarch as “the supreme head and governor of the national church.” This in contrast with the U.S. President: an “officer elected by the people” with no particle of spiritual jurisdiction over U.S. citizens!

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