America was founded on Christian values but with a constitution which allowed for freedom of religion. The consitution the declaration of independence our money all makes refrence to a Christian god. So like it or not agree or not the United States is a Christian based country and will remain so for a very long time.
In ye name of God Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by ye Grace of God, of great Britaine, Franc, & Yreland, King, defender of ye Faith, &c.
Haveing undertaken, for ye Glorie of God, and advancements of ye Christian faith, and the honour of our King & countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northern parts of Virginia; Doe by these presents, solemnly & mutualy, in ye presence of God, and one of another; covenant & combine ourselves together into a Civill body politick; for our better ordering, & preservation & furtherance of ye ends aforesaid; and by vertue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just & equal Lawes, ordinances, Acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for ye generall good of ye Colonie; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
In witnes wherof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cap-Codd ye 11 of November, in ye year of ye raigne of our soveraigne Lord King James, of England, France, & Yreland, ye eighteenth, and of Scotland ye fiftie fourth, Ano: Dom. 1620
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.:
Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith, and the honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another; covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.
By putting "creator" the fathers cited God as the basis of our natural rights. There is a carving of Moses holding the Ten Commandments on our highest court in America the Supreme Court.
"It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue."
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Look at our laws.....State and federal.....Our bill of rights and town names. Its not a better than you kind of thing or if you are not religious you are not a REAL american type of argument. Times change and you dont have to be relgious or christian to be American. Dont take it personally its just obvious
Even though our founders didn't want to put in place a theocracy, seeing it as antithetical to a free republic, the moral attitudes of how our nation have revolved around the Judeo- Christian ethic. Why was there originally a stigma toward pre-marital sex and cohabitation? Because of Christianity of course! One can reasonably believe that the Founders encourages belief in Christianity as a guideline for the nation. There are many quotes that speak favorably of religion especially George Washington's Farewell Address which said that "religion and morality" were a basis for the nation. Now I am not trying to make it seem like all the attitudes that people had for a long time were justified (such as the view that colored people were inferior to whites) but nevertheless, the Christian ethic pervaded in America until the 1960's and 70's. I personally think it was regretful that society drifted away from its Judeo Christian foundation during that period.
It is true that, in America, people can follow the religion of their choice. However, America was FOUNDED on Christian beliefs. You can see it in the Pledge of Allegiance, on our dollar bill ("IN GOD WE TRUST) and even in the court system. Based on Judeo-Christian values, criminals who "plead guilty" to a crime can have a reduced sentence. This is an example of Christian beliefs; getting something in return for honesty. I'm not saying America is only made up of Christians, or that it should be, that is wrong. But it was based on Christian beliefs, as the founding fathers of the nation were indeed Christian. That is the main reason they left their country, and they modeled it around their beliefs, which were, to recap, CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.
In my opinion if 7 out of 1o of the founding fathers where christian then that is a strong enough fact for me to say that this country was founded upon christianity. In another light, if this wasn't a christian country then we shouldn't have ''in God we trust" on our dollar bill, and no one would have said, hey lets put one nation under God in our nations pledge... A Pledge is a strong statement of what one believes in.
"Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System."
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." (The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. Iii.)
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." (October 12, 1816. The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay)
Any two minute dive into the writings and thoughts of the Founding Fathers will clearly answer this. Pretending that their personal beliefs in Christianity didn't influence their writing of the Constitution smacks of willful ignorance. Those that claim Christianity didn't influence them are just militant atheists trying to rewrite history.
I'll put it in 4th grade terms for you people that don't know anything about American History. The Pilgrims came to America in search of religious freedom. They were Christians! They found their religious freedom and formed their own nation. This nation is called the United States. The values in our basic laws (right to religious freedom, no killing, stealing, etc.) are mostly based on the Ten Commandments
The original founding fathers did not want religion in the constitution. In fact, Jefferson (the author of the constitution) was an atheist. He believed that religion in government was a damaging idea and wrote specific clauses to keep it out. In fact, most modern nations have followed the idea of separation of church and state and applied it to their own constitutions. All modern nations agree that religion has no place in politics.
This great nation was founded on secular beliefs. Our forefathers say the need to separate religion from politics. Several of the minds that drafted our constitution were Deists or Atheists. Thomas Jefferson in several letters continually warned about the merging of Church and State.
"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" thus building a wall of eternal separation between Church & State." (Thomas Jefferson Jan 1, 1802)
We must remember that the moral system in our country is Judeo Christian, it is the most popular system in America, but our founders created secular documents and a secular infrastructure so that religion, more so religious freedom could prosper in our country. Without this secular framework, no religion would flourish in our great country.
America was founded as a secular nation many of the founding fathers were Christian but more were deists, atheists and agnostics.
America was made to be a secular nation where no religion could be favoured by the government this can be seen in the constitution and where it clearly states there shall be no state religion
All I need to say is "Freedom Of Religion."
The definition does not mean "A country founded upon Christian values."
If you need an explanation after reading a simple sentence then you are a complete idiot.
Religion has no place in government as clearly put in the constitution. Please put a little more interest in education and less in the bible.
Benjamin Franklin's writing has many atheist thoughts behind it and most are arguably not Christian they couldn't tell people they were not or else would not excel politically as they all have if they were to they would also be subtly persecuted as are many ATHEISTS today regardless if they are good people if our liberal world is rejecting them how would a judgmental world in the 1700's react. Furthermore the nation was founded on slavery making it a corrupt institution on its foundation all of the founding fathers were rich white men that owned a large amount of property and slaves. Regardless does the BIBLE support slavery ? If so then the Christian beliefs are all messed but the nation could be founded on Christian values if not than the US is not founded on Christian beliefs they have some parallels but anything that has any similarities is from the Bible which is absurd.
So many people today use the argument that America is straying away from our Christian roots, yet the Constitution, the very document written by our Founding Fathers in 1787, does not mention God or religious denomination in any way except to date it "in the year of our Lord." To the contrary, ratified in 1791, the First Amendment of the Constitution clearly states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In declaring our independence from England and barring Congress from making laws regarding religion, our Founding Fathers were trying to give the citizens of this nation the religious freedom England refused. Our Country may have been sought out for the prospect of religious freedom, but it was not founded upon Christian beliefs. In 1797 President John Adams presented the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli and Barbary to Congress. In it, Article 11 posited that "the government of the United States is not, in any sense founded in Christian religion." In fact, as recently as 2008, as a senator, Barack Obama stated that "We're no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers." Further, as Freemasons, many of our Founding Fathers were Deists meaning they believed there was a higher power in the universe but not necessarily the Christian God.
America is not founded on Christian Values. The pilgrims came to America in search of political and religious freedom. So of course this country does not solely stand on Christian values. Christian values are somewhat part of this country, seen on money and other places, but the U.S. is not founded on it.
America wasn't founded as a Christian nation per say. The founders were devout Christians, but they wanted all peoples of all religions to have a part in building this great nation. It's what made it what it is. They didn't believe in favoritism. So in a sense America was not purely a Christian nation, but a religious one.
1950's was when they changed the pledge to say one nation under god and that was also when they put the "user god we trust "quote on the dollar. Everything about the whole country being created under a Christian nation has just been a lie fabricated in the 1950's. The Christian religion wasn't popular during the time of the founding fathers and the constitution. It only became popular during the civil war. Then the religion was just passed down and spread.
Why are we not founded on Confucianism? The idea of treating others as you want to be treated certainly predates the Christian faith. There were already rules, laws, etc regarding how we should interact with our fellow man. The moral tenets that have been claimed by the Christian faiths were not invented by them. They simply weeded out the good portions of what their particular faith claimed (and I would add strongly, while ignoring all the hideous preachments of their faith). Pretending that the 10 Commandments provide our insight into the moral, correct way to treat others while ignoring the 603 other commandments and asserting that is the basis for the founding of our country is ridiculous at best. How quickly we forget just how evil "Christian" values truly are.