It's midnight and I'm tired. This means I do not have a lot of time to do a lot of typing. So, I am going to do a lot of cut and pasting. Over the last few days, specifically Tuesday night, I was presented with many, many quotes showing America's founding fathers as establishing a Christian theocracy. It was impressive. Yet, it seemed to present only a few of the quotes I'd read about the same people. I think the agricultural term is "cherry picking", or something like that. Here is a hasty list I compiled at 12:30 in the morning while this is fresh on my mind. It is by no means exhaustive.
As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?
-- John Adams, letter to FA Van der Kamp, December 27, 1816
If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mohometans, Jews or Christians of any Sect, or they may be Atheists.
-- George Washington, letter to Tench Tilghman asking him to secure a carpenter and a bricklayer for his Mount Vernon estate, March 24, 1784, in Paul F Boller, George Washington & Religion (1963) p. 118, quoted from Ed and Michael Buckner, "Quotations that Support the Separation of State and Church"
He [the Rev Mr. Whitefield] used, indeed, sometimes to pray for my conversion, but never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard.
-- Benjamin Franklin, from Franklin's Autobiography
The civil government ... functions with complete success ... by the total separation of the Church from the State. -- James Madison, 1819, Writings, 8:432, quoted from Gene Garman, "Essays In Addition to America's Real Religion"
I've just pulled one quote almost at random from these pages. Each one contains many more. I may or may not add to this...just too late to think about it now. Night everyone.