Benjamin Franklin -Dieist
Extremely hostile to organized religion in general, gave acknowledgement to a supreme being but was a great enemy of the dominant Christianity observed in his day.
Thomas Paine - Avid Atheist.
James Madison -Raised Anglican, gave nodding lip service to the church, but as with many of his class and time, felt the church was primarily useful to keep the masses in line, rather than divine Truth. Historians disagree over the level of his faith, but NO ONE has argued he had particularly strong Christian views.
So, quite contrary to you assertion, I HAVE read the history, quite a lot of it thank you.
I dispute the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian Nation.
At the time of the constitution's ratification, ministers all over New England were apalled and scandalized by there being no mention of God at all.
Our whole system comes from an increasingly secularist period. The Age of Enlightenment was all about throwing off the restrictive bonds of organized religion. There was in particular, great scepticism about the Anglican Church, but equally there was revulsion to the Religious fanatics of New England, mostly Calvinists of one variety or another.
Educated, wealthy men of thetime, the people who were in charge, were for the most part, either Dieists, Unitarians or outwardly faithful Christians whose private lives and writings reflect a very tame allegience to the Church, if any.
Of course there were a number who were very devout indeed. Adams comes to mind of course, Hamilton was a deeply pious, if not very observant Christian, Washington himself was believer, though the degree of his devotion to religion has been greatly exagerated by many early historians.
As for the Mayflower compact, etc, who cares?
That's not the USA.
The religious sentiment of the population as a whole is an entirely different matter.
***Never attribute to malice that which can be easily attributed to incompetence. -HB Owen***
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