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Originally posted by LDragonFire
The idea that the USA was founded as a Christian nation is IMO a myth.
Originally posted by LightinDarkness
reply to post by LDragonFire
Again, I have already addressed this. The architects of Washington DC envisioned it to be the capitol of a great nation with splendor to rival all the other great societies of history - Egypt, Rome, Greece, etc.
The fact that Moses is CENTRAL in the relief is clearly a religious respect for the nature of the law. Confucius as a historical figure is certainly not known of or thought of being a "pagan", he is thought of for his contributions to philosophy - which stresses the morality of government and justice. This would be exactly why he is in the relief of the Supreme Court. In fact, he was not pagan at all. You seem to be blatantly ignoring all of the overt use of religious symbolism - Christian symbolism.
Of all eastern philosophers, Confucius, born in 550 B.C., is considered the greatest. His teachings are foundational to Asian cultures. His writings, The Five Classics, the collection of ancient Chinese literature, and The Four Books, a collection of Confucius' and his disciple's teachings, was for centuries the standard curriculum for Chinese education.
Solon (Greek: Σόλων, c. 638 BC–558 BC) was a famous Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and Lyric poet. The travel writer, Pausanias, listed Solon among the Seven Sages of the ancient world. Solon has acquired a place in history and in folklore through his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in archaic Athens. His reforms failed in the short term, yet he is often credited with having laid the foundations for Athenian democracy
Of course, all of this assumes yet again that (1) this nation was founded by people wanted theocratic government, which you have not shown, and that (2) the only expression of this desire could be through the use of symbols, which you also have not shown. Discussing innately religious symbolism already in existence is mere academic conjecture, until you prove the above two assumptions you have laid out.