Was the US founded on Christian principles?

No. No it wasn’t.

Pharyngula links to the webpage of the Family Research Council, which currently holds a poll titled, “Do you believe that America, as a nation, was founded upon Christian principles?” Due to the Pharynguloid influence, “No” is currently leading at 91%, but that’s not the point. The point is that this question should not be asked in the first place.

The US is emphatically not founded on Christian principles. This is explicitly stated in the Constitution, both in the First Amendment (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”) and in Article VI, section 3 (“…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”) In addition, the Treaty of Tripoli, itself a legally binding document, bears these words: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”

The United States is a secular nation, not a Christian nation. Any claim to the contrary is founded in ignorance of the Constitution, or in delusion. Check mate, I’m afraid, for the Dominionists.

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6 Responses to “Was the US founded on Christian principles?”

  1. Paul Says:

    I think the Dominionists are quite dangerous. Fanatics.

  2. Gary Murning Says:

    It’s remarkable that so many Americans don’t get this — or choose to ignore it — isn’t it? Where the American constitution is concerned, I’m no expert… actually, no, compared to many Americans I probably am! (Present company excepted!) I certainly know that sure statement is factually correct.

    Nice blog, by the way. I came over via Lottie’s blog, Rambling On, and have added you to my feed reader.

  3. Gary Murning Says:

    “… that sure statement is factually correct” should read “that your statement is factually correct.”

    I use voice recognition software and occasionally the strangest of errors manage to get through! Sorry about that.

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  5. Tony Sidaway Says:

    I find it ironic that the United Kingdom, ostensibly a theocracy in which the monarch is the head of the church, is far more secular in some respects than the United States. This is mainly because of the decline of religious belief than any wise act of governance, of course, but it’s still rather amusing.

  6. Bill in Bokeelia Says:

    I would say that the Spanish Inquisition was the last real institution to be wholly “founded on Christian principles.” The US, on the other hand, was founded on the repudiation of the Spanish Inquisition and everything it stood for.

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