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Do you really think the founding fathers intention was to found a secular nation?

The Freedom From Religion Found, claims the first Amendment clause is exclusionary, but the cllause was actually intended to protect established religions in states. Many of the states had established religions, endorsed specific religions and provided public money for church construction and maintance. At the founding America was "unabashedly Christian" and there was a "network of religious requirements" for public office-Journalist M. Stanton Evans. Congressional Leaders that debated the first amendment did not want the federal government interferingwith the established religions of the individual states. Even Harvard liberal legal scholar Lawrence Tribe has stated that there is a growing body of evidence that The "establishment of the religious clause was to perform two functions: to protect state religious establishmment from national displacement, and to prevent the national gov from aiding some but not all religions:

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:36 AM on Sep. 13, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No many aspects of history show it to have been a very Christian based nation. Thomas Jefferson even used federal funds for religious causes. Christain worship was conducted in the capital building until 1866. Services were held every Sunday and sometimes even had sunday school. Thomas jefferson attended the service every week when he was in Washington.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:43 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • No. And, I agree with everything Carpy said.

    Answer by stvmen88 at 9:49 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • No and I also agree with Carpy.

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 9:56 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams

    Yes, it was intended to be a secular nation. They wouldn't tell you which religion to practice. You were free to choose. It wasn't a question of whether or not you were religious. If you weren't, you didn't serve. Why do you think we have a National Cathedral?


    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:01 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • This country was founded on the idea of freedom OF religion. Meaning, we are free to practice our religion, whatever religion that may be. We are not a secular nation.

    I don't think we are a Christian nation either. I think we are a religious nation. We have a plethora of different religions, beliefs, groups, and followings, as well as those who chose no religion or belief.  We need to honor ALL of people's beliefs, or lack thereof.


    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:05 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • Yes. This was meant to be a secular nation... As long as everyone was Christian or Athiest... We were given freedom to choose to be any form of Christian we wanted or to not be Christian at all. But as history has proven over and over, the freedom to be anything else was very limited!

    I think the founding fathers themselves wanted a secular nation. But beyond them that opinion was different and of course everything changes in time...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:35 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • I feel it most certianly was intended to be a secular nation. Giving the individual the freedom to choose whichever spiritual path suited them best or none at all. Did that mean their neighbors wouldn't shun or 'abuse' them? No of course not look at how we treat each other here every day, but yes they had the ability in the legal sense.

    I do not believe this was created to be a Christian country. Are there some Christian ideals? Sure, but they're also the same ideals shared by many religions throught the world & history.

    A religious(Christian) person can be compassionate and just;
    A compassionate and just person can be religious(Christian);
    But being one does not automatically equal being the other.

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 11:00 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • So, there are no Synagogues or Temples in your area? I've never seen a restriction of religion. There are different religions in my small town and no one cares. It is even illegal to deny employment or services due to "race, creed, color, or religion". Have you heard of this?


    Answer by jesse123456 at 11:03 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • Yes. It was intended to be a secular nation.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 11:58 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

  • Have you heard of this?

    When's the last time you saw a Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist or Wiccan elected to a gubernatorial or presidential office?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:58 AM on Sep. 13, 2009

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