Friends there will be places on the internet that will try and tell you that the Founding Fathers did not intend for this to be a Christian nation and they will have several quotes of the Founding Fathers that would have less than favorable sayings of God, the Bible and Christians.† Let me share with you the actual recorded quotes of some of the Founding Fathers.† Besides, I see they donít share anything about what is in the Constitution of the United States or the Declaration of Independence.† I donít think these men would have allowed the inference to God to stay in there if they did not believe in God.
Here are just a few.
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet' and `Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787
All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Benjamin Franklin, To Colleagues at the Constitutional Convention
The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator to the whole human race, and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775
And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781
I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the States the powers not delegated to the United States. Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in any religious discipline has been delegated to the General Government. It must then rest with the States.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Miller, January 23, 1808
Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen, people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17, 1781
But where says some is the King of America? I'll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain...let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.
George Washington, letter to the General Committee of the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May, 1789
The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.
††††††††††††††† George Washington, to the Annual meeting of Quakers, September 1789
There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.
George Washington, letter to the Members of the New Church in Baltimore, January 27, 1793†