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Contradicting Constitution

The supreme document that is the keystone for the United States is our Constitution and the amendments that go with it. All other documents, while important, do not have the stature of our Constitution! Why then does a recent letter writer deliberately avoid the U.S. Constitution in trying to make the case that the United States was founded as a Christian nation? Did the letter writer read the Constitution and didn’t like it because it did not support his contention?

The fact of the matter is that our founding fathers were not Christians. George Washington was a devout deist and never declared himself a Christian. Others who were deist include Jefferson, Adams, Paine, Franklin, and many members of the continental congress.

John Adams in a treaty signed for the United States declared that “the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”



Deist: “the belief based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation,” according to the American Heritage dictionary.

Eric Carlson




Nevada City


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