Originally Answered: I'm a christian and over the past couple years I've wondered why they still call America a christian nation?
The United States has *never* been a "christian nation. The founders created a secular, constitutional republic, with separation of church and state, and freedom of (and from) religion. It's values were derived not from some "holy" book, but from British Common Law, which predated the "introduction" of christianity to Britain. I challenge you to read the U.S. Constitution, and find anything in it about creating a "christian nation." Hint: don't get "facts" about history, American or otherwise, from christian Websites.
The U.S. Constitution mentions religion only in the negative: no religious test for government employees, no government-imposed religion. The founders understood that the imposition of religion is antithetical to individual liberty and freedom. There can be no freedom of religion if anyone is allowed to impose their religious beliefs on others.
The Declaration of Independence is often mentioned by those claiming the U.S. is a "christian nation," however, the Declaration is not *the* founding document, or even *a* founding document. The U.S did not exist at the time of the writing of the Declaration. The United States was created when the U.S. Constitution was ratified, and *it* is the *only* document that counts.
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"We continually hear how this nation was founded as a 'Christian' nation and that our forefathers certainly intended that the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United States be enshrined. Nothing could be further from the truth. This argument is not new, Jefferson and the other founders wrestled at length with this question. And luckily they were literate men and wrote down their thoughts and discussions."
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"Among the Founders were Deists, Unitarians and those who merely hoped for a life after death, the latter admitting that no physical evidence existed to prove eternal perpetuity.
"Many of the Founders were religiously unorthodox. Some had religious views that were doubtful or ambiguous. Others detested organized religion.
"Some hated Christianity."
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"A few Christian fundamentalists attempt to convince us to return to the Christianity of early America, yet according to the historian, Robert T. Handy, 'No more than 10 percent-- probably less-- of Americans in 1800 were members of congregations.'
"The Founding Fathers, also, rarely practiced Christian orthodoxy. Although they supported the free exercise of any religion, they understood the dangers of religion. Most of them believed in deism and attended Freemasonry lodges. According to John J. Robinson, 'Freemasonry had been a powerful force for religious freedom.' Freemasons took seriously the principle that men should worship according to their own conscious. Masonry welcomed anyone from any religion or non-religion, as long as they believed in a Supreme Being. Washington, Franklin, Hancock, Hamilton, Lafayette, and many others accepted Freemasonry."
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"The United States Constitution serves as the law of the land for America and indicates the intent of our Founding Fathers. The Constitution forms a secular document, and nowhere does it appeal to God, Christianity, Jesus, or any supreme being. (For those who think the date of the Constitution contradicts the last sentence, see note 1 at the end.) The U.S. government derives from people (not God), as it clearly states in the preamble: 'We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union....' The omission of God in the Constitution did not come out of forgetfulness, but rather out of the Founding Fathers purposeful intentions to keep government separate from religion."
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"The primary leaders of the founding fathers of our nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists including: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Ethan Allen, James Monroe"
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"Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind." - John Adams'
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