The Rise of Secular AmericansBook - 2012
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As the GOVERNMENT of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion as it has in itself no character of enmity [hatred] against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims] and as the said States [America] have never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries. (Acts Passed at the First Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States of America, pp. 43-44)
The “non-religious” Thomas Jefferson, who, in closing presidential documents, used to write “In the year of our Lord Christ”. 1) 1801 he recognized "the advantages of every kind which it would promise" referring to the construction of a Catholic church in DC. 2) 1801 he wrote to Governeur Morris "we are already about the 7th of the Christian nations in population." 3) 1802/1803/1804 he signed federal acts setting aside government lands so missionaries might work "propagating the Gospel" among Indians. 4) 1803 he directed the secretary of war to give federal funds to religious school established for Cherokees in Tennessee.
5) 1803 he funded Christian missionaries and provided federal funding to help erect a church in which the Kaskaskia Indians could worship. 6) 1804 he assured a Christian school in the state of Louisiana that it would get "the patronage of the government." 7) 1807 he declared religion "DEEMED IN OTHER COUNTRIES INCOMPATIBLE WITH GOOD GOVERNMENT, AND YET PROVED BY OUR EXPERIENCE TO BE ITS BEST SUPPORT." 8) 1806 "An Act for Establishing the Government of the Armies": "It is earnestly recommended to all officers and soldier diligently to attend Divine service; and all officers who shall behave indecently or irreverently at any place of Divine worship shall, if commissioned officers, be brought before a general court martial, there to be publicly and severely reprimanded by the President."
Benjamin Franklin: “… the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God Governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” Alexander Hamilton: “I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.” Daniel Webster: “If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be ….” Noah Webster: “No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people”
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