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Many people are surprised to learn that the United States Capitol regularly served as a church building; a practice that began even before Congress officially moved into the building and lasted until well after the Civil War. Below is a brief history of the Capitol's use as a church, and some of the prominent individuals who attended services there.
The cornerstone of the Capitol was laid by President George Washington in 1793., but it was not until the end of 1800 that Congress actually moved into the building. According to the congressional records for late November of 1800, Congress spent the first few weeks organizing the Capitol rooms, committees, locations, etc. Then, on December 4, 1800, Congress approved the use of the Capitol building as a church building. 1
Originally posted by KOGDOG
[Well....... hmmmm....... now I know the powder wigged southern plantation owning slave masters who founded this country were both slave-traders and liars.... they kinda' lied to the Native Americans over and over again...... they also waged kinda' a homicidal genocidal war against those pesky NA's..... so they also were murderers....... now I know both George and Thomas were rapin' the slaves...... so they must have been fornicators of some sort...... I dunno OP...... you sure you want to argue the "righteousness" of the US of A's "Founding Fathers"????
Originally posted by Amaterasu
This is a bit laughable. Just because there were religious individuals around then and involved with the choices of use for a building does not imply that all of our founding individuals were religious, were of any specific faith, even.
It has been shown that many of the founding individuals were deists.
Originally posted by Eleleth
It only takes one look at the monuments around Washington, D.C. to realize that it may be far from secular, but it sure ain't Christian.
[edit on 17-1-2009 by Eleleth]
Originally posted by OldThinker
Your thought-process is confusing...could you elaborate? If it's not secular....and it's the late 1700' hundreds, it's in the Northeast....what? Are the later sayings on the bldgs in DC, recognizing their effort zoroasterian?
Originally posted by TruthParadox
reply to post by OldThinker
There are several quotes from the founding fathers which shows that the government is not meant to take sides where religion is concerned.
In what way is that not related?
Yes, the majority of Americans were Christians, but how does that change the intent of the founding fathers?
This says it all in my opinion:
Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; - Treaty of Tripoli (1797)
Originally posted by OldThinker
Your last line is WRONG...no two ways about it...52 of 55 signers of the Dec of Inde. went to Orthodox (traditional, normal) Churches....your last line is popular though....please do some broader research....I've got two threads with approx 400 quotes from those guys....most were Christians, some were Diest...although I find it very difficult to find 1st Deist Church of Plymouth/etc....in history...
His point really isn't laughable bro...please listen to Patrick Henry... "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." -- Patrick Henry