posted on Dec, 9 2003 @ 11:18 AM
The original authors of the Constitution intentionally avoided making a declaration of religion, because they didn't want the US to repeat the
mistakes from which they were fleeing. They wanted a government formed objectively, without the influence of religion. The only mentions of religion
or God in the Constitution, are in Article VI and the 1st Amendment:
Article VI. - The United States
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of
the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be
required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Amendment I - Ratified 12/15/1791
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
In neither case, is anything implied other than their desire for Americans to have religious freedom. In the Declaration of Independence we find the
only other reference to God or religion:
"....to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..."
Again, neither statement implies a belief in Christianity, only a belief in a Creator or Supreme Being. It is true that 4 of the primary authors of
the Constitution had quite a distaste for Christianity. Here is a quote from each of them on the subject:
"What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on
the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the
guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A
just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not." - James Madison, "A Memorial and Remonstrance", 1785
"The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or
dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is
patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the
clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes." -
John Adams, letter to John Taylor
"It is not to be understood that I am with him (Jesus Christ) in all his doctrines. I am a Materialist; he takes the side of Spiritualism; he
preaches the efficacy of repentence toward forgiveness of sin; I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it.
Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely
benevolence; and others, again, of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible
that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being. I separate, therefore, the gold from the dross; restore him to the former, and
leave the latter to the stupidity of some, the roguery of others of his disciples. Of this band of dupes and imposters, Paul was the great Coryphaeus,
and the first corruptor of the doctrines of Jesus." - Thomas Jefferson to W. Short, 1820
"I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely
above it." - Benjamin Franklin from "Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion", Nov. 20, 1728
Even though many of the founding fathers did share a Judeo-Christian faith, they did not include their personal faith in the Constitution. They were
well aware that religion could only destroy the impartiality necessary to create a free society. While they personally may have subscribed to the
ideals of the 10 commandments, they were aware that not everyone else did. They were wise enough realize that if they made any declaration of faith in
a particular God, it would end up being used against anyone who didn't believe in that God.
The regular use of "In God We Trust" on US coins did not begin until 1908, "In God We Trust" was not made an official motto of the United States
until 1956, and the motto did not appear on paper money until 1957.
The Pledge of Allegiance was not written with the term "under God" either. In its original form, it read:
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Between 1924 and 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance was worded:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all."
In 1954, during the McCarthy era and communism scare, Congress passed a bill, which was signed into law, to add the words "under God." The current
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all."
The founders of this country DID intend for a separation of Church and State. They did it to protect everyone, the Christians, Buddhists, Muslims,
Atheists, etc. You cannot expect freedom for yourself, if you are not willing to extend the exact same freedoms to everyone else, whether they agree
with you or not.