[This is a re-posting… already in “inkedvocabulary” but I’m re-naming it… for what it should be, and ever more relevant to the times we live in. This is why history is so damn important.]
Within the fabric this country is framed on, the tapestry of the American quilt we call home, is this thought and resounding truth,“America is first a christian nation.” In a letter written by George Washington are found these words (and can be viewed as one side of the coin),”The United States government will assure religious freedom, giving “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” In light of our current times, when atheist groups are trying to use the “separation of church and state” against christianity in this country… their own bigotry and attempts to persecute christians are more than suspect to these words of George Washington himself. Find this one letter here and its amazing story unfold. With the thought that religious freedom should be obtained and coming from George’s own belief, found in his other writings. This is an abstract, taken from, God & George Washington:: Accuracy in Academia, and seen below…
The authors wrote “in regards to matters of church and state, three general principles ruled his decision-making.” The first was that government entities under Washington’s command were religion-friendly. The authors note, “his goal was to promote religion, officially, in a way that would maximize the public good.” The second was there would be religious controversies, but Washington stated “religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.” The last was a firm belief in freedom of individual religious conscience.
Where more people (striving to raise a disclaimer to christian beginnings) would have us believe this was not a christian nation (from its inception) I point to this. This has to do with personal understandings from known people of George Washington himself (even family) and should answer if George was a christian? Furthermore, to this notion of what was ever intended in the first place, this might gain us more clarity to George’s mind and heart, found (under Public writings and speeches) here and listed below…
Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?
No where is there listed a separation should exist between church and state in the First Amendment but when it comes to reference to it… most Americans would swear it to be found there (NOT TRUE… A FALSEHOOD). When Jefferson wrote (to the Danbury Baptist Association, Jan. 1, 1802) and said,“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” The comment was possibly intended to affirm no one sect of christianity would gain power over the other and would allay suspicion to these thoughts of another church gaining such favor. Nothing more and nothing less. Please note the thought conveyed says church NOT RELIGION and speaks more to denomination of christianity than it does not.
If you like this piece so far… I might think of elaborating on it further.
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,