Was it the intention of the Founding Fathers of the United States that their own religious affiliation be applied to the entire country?

  • the founding fathers wanted christian princibles in government.

    “Separation of Church and State” The phrase originates in Thomas Jefferson's 1802 letter to the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut; “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, prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and State,” writes Jefferson.
    Jefferson was simply using a metaphor corollary to the First Amendment to reassure the Danbury Baptist Association that America practices religious freedom.
    We have “In God We Trust” on our money. We have biblical verses carved into national monuments. Our Presidents are sworn into office with their hand on a Bible. These things have confused many people about what the Founding Fathers meant by a “separation between Church and State.” The fact is that the phrase appears in none of our founding documents, neither the Declaration of Independence nor The Constitution. The phrase, though often mistaken as included in the First Amendment, actually only existed in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 but the phrase has since been repeatedly cited.

  • The founding fathers did base their new government on religion, because they came here for the freedom to practice it.

    I do believe that, at the time, the founding fathers of the United States did intend for their own religious affiliation to be applied to the entire country. There were far fewer religions back then, as compared to today. The people who founded America came here due to religious persecution. They hoped to start a new country, where they could practice their religion with freedom. I don't believe they ever considered that other religions might evolve, and should be granted that same freedom.

    Posted by: TedieDelight
  • I believe the Founding Fathers of the United States did intend for their own religious affiliation be applied to the entire country.

    Our Founding Fathers gave us the freedom to choose our own religion. However, this is "One Nation" founded "Under God". I believe that our forefathers wanted us to have the right to our own religion, but they wanted our country run by Christian morals. So as to say that any man has a right to choose a different religion but should still follow the rules and regulations set forth in the Constitution of The United States of America. By these decisions they have made and the laws they have set; it is clear to me that our Founding Fathers did not necessarily intend for their religious affiliation to be the only one. But, the morals and laws for this entire country were to be set with their religious morals.

    Posted by: w00tboycomic
  • No, there is a sentence in the Declaration of Independence that stresses the separation of church and state.

    The founding fathers knew that people first started to come to America because they were being persecuted for their religious beliefs. People came to America for a happy and free life. In the Declaration of Independence it states that, as citizens, we are allowed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe they meant whatever that happiness entails, whether it be praying six times a day, or not believing in religion at all. The separation of church and state is there to prevent the government from being influenced by any religion.

    Posted by: R3gg43Mark
  • I believe the Founding Fathers wanted to bring unity in the entire country by intending this.

    Having all the citizens of a country follow the same religion can make many things easier for the rulers of that country. They can make an unanimous decision on various issues, and use the religion to back them up. There would be less rioting, and class discrimination.

    Posted by: KiPPAPenguin
  • Yes, I do firmly believe that it was the intention of the Founding Fathers of the United States that their own religious affiliation (i.e. Christianity), be applied to the entire country as evidenced by the motto on every coin -- In God we trust.

    The Founding Fathers took pains to make the US a great and respected country. They had firm faith in the Almighty, who guided their every action. Every coin in the US bears the motto "In God we trust." The Founding Fathers definitely were strong believers in God and Christianity and wanted to spread the word of God and faith to all. Religion was included as part of the curriculum in schools. Churches were set up, and every important national event began with a prayer. All this is evidence enough that the Founding Fathers clearly wanted their own religious affiliation to be applied to the whole country.

    Posted by: babyblu4u
  • Yes, this was their intentions.

    I do believe that the founding fathers had every desire for everyone to be one religion - theirs. I'm not sure that they perceived this as discriminatory or oppressive. They probably just believed that they knew the right and "civilized" way to do things and others could only benefit by following their example. Needless to say, they were not as sophisticated in the acceptance and diversity departments as we claim to be these days.

    Posted by: MohaI0v35
  • They came, they conquered, they preached and the rest is history.

    Yes the pilgrims came to this country to escape religious persecution. That much is fact. They instilled Christian values in everything they did. From the dollar bill, to placing your hand on the bible during court trials, to teaching it to children in schools, to forcing Indian children to abandoned there language and put a bible in there hands. Oh and I forgot to mention massacring them because they were considered inferior based on their lack of god. (I refuse to capitalize a myth). To say it was not the agenda of the founding fathers to institute there religion on a people is ludacris. Of course they did. Look what happened to Jews and how they were treated when they came to this country. How about Mormons and being driven out of east and forcing them to find land in the west. The republican agenda has always been about religious a.K.A Christian values. Lets not forget we were born a Republic by people who were the wealthiest and most conservative. Today and how Muslims are being treated by Christian Americans they would drive them back to there country. They say used to say the same about blacks out in the open, now they just say it behind closed doors.

  • You Opposers are stupid

    The founding fathers and their money and their statues and their oaths are all base off the Christian God. This is the Christians country, but the state is too scared to offend 20% of the U.S. Also, all your arguments are based off the phrase "separation of state and Church" and how its in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Well guess what.... Its not there it was only mentioned in one letter by Thomas Jefferson!!!!! And like that I destroy your whole argument.

  • First of all, this is an invalid argument!

    You must first define what you mean by religious affiliation. The real question should be, did the founders intend that this be a country founded with freedom within Christianity, or did they intend for any religion in the world to have complete freedom here?

    In my opinion they intended there to be freedom within Christianity among the sects of the time (e.G.: Quaker, Puritan, Protestant, Catholic, Anglican, Baptists). I do not believe they ever intended or envisioned the problem we face today where other religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. would be exerting influence on how America functions.

    So, the answer is yes if you are talking about the broad realm of Christianity, and no, if you are talking about other world religions.

    But if you are talking about Sect A vs. Sect B, the answer is no. They did not want what happened in England to happen here where Catholic vs Protestant wars were the result.

  • Our forefathers never forced religion

    The reason our forefathers set up the clause Separation of Church and State was exactly the same reason they formed the United States of America. Many people fled to America to seek freedom to worship God as they please and to escape the world they lived in where the government tried to interfere, even persecute Jews and Christians for their beliefs. The clause Separation of Church and State was put there to protect them from the government coming in and trying to persecute the Church. At that time, our forefathers believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. In this they found freedom and acclaimed their success for this country, that is why most American cities have the 10 Commandments or "In God We Trust." All over our financial system we give honor to God by saying "IN GOD WE TRUST." Separation of Church and State was not meant to separate the church from politics, it was to stop the government from interfering in a church's freedom to worship!

  • This couldn't be further from the truth.

    We have a constitution that states we have freedom of religion and freedom from religions persecution which was one of the main reasons this country started int he first place coupled with the issue of paying taxes to England and not having any say so in the things of the country while in the Americas. The 13 original colonies separated themselves from England. Via the Declaration of Independence, which was nullified when the constitution was ratified. Furthermore, the second President of this Country, John Adams, was a devout Unitarian, which was a non-trinitarian Protestant Christian denomination during the Colonial era. He signed the Treaty of Tripoli which explicitly stated: "The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, based on the christian religion". Signed by John Adams----1797.

  • Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    Constitution says it all; just read it in its entirety. They wanted a government based on morality (or the ten commandments), giving it a good foundation but was ruled by the people. Hence; the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Not much more needs to be said, if you just read about what your expressing your opinion on.

  • Religious freedom means freedom to pursue religious preferences.

    Religious freedom allows each individual to have their mind to be opened by wonder or closed by their personal belief system. Once you believe something, you can invest as much as you want into that belief. Hopefully people would respect another's journey. It is a journey we all explore and are at different stages of the path. Therein lies the freedom of religious belief. No one has the right to demand that their version of believing is the only one, or that everyone should arrive at the same place with the same conclusion. That is called fascism.

  • I love History, when I was in school it was my best subject.

    America's founding fathers left England in search of Religious freedom, & with that idea they founded America, whenever they mentioned god they never intended it to be a ghost in the sky but the essence of life. The fictional figure which theists call god, was made up to control people of faith.

  • No

    No where in the constitution of this United States of America does it say that the people of this great nation must belong to a certain religion, but only that they had the right to exercise their religion freely no matter what branch. People seem to forget that the founding fathers and early colonists wanted to succeed from Great Britain and King George's rule because they strived for religous freedom

  • No

    Freedom of religion. That means to either have one or not have one. This country would not be great if we all followed the same religion. People came to this country to escape what they were being forced to practice in their own country. In the US we have given everyone that right. Now the Republicans and Tea party members want to force us all to believe the same ideology and force this through the federal government? Oh, hell no!

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