In response to the attached cartoon, I responded to a site that displayed it and wanted to share my thoughts:
Many if not most of the founders were Deists (those who believe in an organizational principle and/or a deity that created but does not interfere in any way with the acts of mankind) or Congregationalists (a “liberal” anti-Calvinist sect of protestantism with diversity of beliefs); and many had freethinking, agnostic, or outright atheist sentiments, including Washington, John Adams, and that great father of American Freedom to Believe (Or Not), Thomas Jefferson. It can hardly be said (unless you say it often enough people start to believe it true) that the United States was founded as a Christian country. Bunk! Not proven.
The Ten Commandments are so obviously time-worn (experts believe the oldest books of the O.T. are no more than 6,000 years old), only those nostalgic for the laws of the desert warlord tribes (think backwoods Afghanis, for example) could possibly think that they apply to modern man. The Judeo-Christian take on the Decalogue is hardly harmonious (read the great writing on the Commandments by Christipher Hitchens). They cannot even agree if “Thou shalt not kill” means just that, or just “thou shalt not [murder].” Again, as with Levitican prohibitions, these laws cannot escape the fate known as situational ethics. As with the Commandments, those who condemn, say, homosexuality, as verboten in Leviticus, betray nothing so much as cafeteria theology: why don’t we stone to death Jews and Christians who shave?
The theocratic movement in this nation will do anything to take us back to, roughly, medieval Europe, with its witch burnings and wholesale pogroms against everyone from Cathars to Freemasons. Is this what we want? The point of your cartoon is that theocratic true believers are anti-American, and as I agree completely with that sentiment, I applaud your dissemination of it.