5 History Facts for People who Think the US was founded as a Christian Nation
Getting tired of saying "America has no official religion?" to your religious friends/relatives? Here's some historical accuracy you can throw out!* *This list does not guarantee any mind changing or sudden openness from you minion sharing aunt
- 1.By and large, the Founding Fathers didn't give a crap about what God thoughtMany of the founding fathers were raised in some branch of Protestantism, but by the time they got around to founding a nation, they were what we call "Deists." A religion that believes God created the Earth and all of us and then backed off to let us figure our own crap out. The belief states that God doesn't answer prayer or care what you do. Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Paine, and many others subscribed to and argued this. Washington even said religions were all silly
- 2.There is not a single mention of God the Father or Christ in the Declaration of Independence or the FF parts of the ConstitutionThe DoI is a list of grievances, not a religious document. The closest you'll get is "the Creator gave us certain unalienable rights" but neglects to name who the Creator is or what their role would be in life. Ya know. Deism. The closet you'll get in the Constitution is that freedom of religion ammendment in the Bill of Rights. But again. Not exclusively Christian-centric, they just wanted to assure the people that nobody would be hung for being Catholic like in the good ol' days of England.
- 3.The Founding Fathers rarely agreed on anythingPeople like to argue that the FF were infallible titans of Godliness and intelligence, but the truth of the matter is it took them years to agree on anything in the Constitution. And even after it was finished, they immediately started arguing about ammendments. Many went in, many more didnt, and the ones that did make it were repeatedly argued to be removed because 1800s politics were a group of drunk children yelling about not getting what they wanted.
- 4."In God We Trust" wasn't added to US currency until the Civil War and it still took 100 years to get it on ALL the moneyThe US treasury added the now famous phrase to a select group of coins due to an increasing amount of letters from the populace. It makes sense, war is a scary time especially when one has to go against their own brothers. But to suggest it was a founding ideal is nonsense. It was looking for hope amidst frightening circumstances.
- 5."Under God" wasn't added to the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954The Pledge has gone through a lot of changes over the country's history, but the most recent change is thanks to the Commies and a paranoid Dwight Eisenhower. In an attempt to unite the country under "not communism", President Eisenhower strongly encouraged Congress to add the new line. The daughter of Francis Belamy (the guy who wrote the pledge in 1892; not a FF) opposed the change. That's the daughter of a Baptist priest making the argument that it would not unite the people.