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A summary of our last meeting from the FFRF

Don L.
AZAtheist
Group Organizer
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 205
http://christianity-revealed.com/cr/files/isamericaachristiannation.html­

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sums up the case of "Are we a Christian nation?"
A former member
Post #: 1
The original English, French and Spanish colonies in North America were established on religio-political grounds. as a refuge for Christian religious freedom.(primarily to rid, in the case of the English colonies, the king from the annoyance of these religious Christian zealots), however, after a century and a half , the fabric of the society, especially in the english colonies had become largely secular-deist, in the spirit of the " Enlightenment" and except for some name -calling between Jefferson and Adams, conflict between the states was trade/ and territiorial, rather than religious.
The "Federalist Papers" reflect this in a warning by Madison that " Factionalism" would destroy a nation, factionalism being in part associated with religious alliances with european countries. thud the first amendment scrupulously deprived the congress from making any legal determinations about religion. Legally speaking, The US is a secular government, despite the use of some quaint phraseology like "In God we trust" The fact that we have christians muslims , jew and ateists in our law-making bodies indicates that religion , at least, that is , or should be , an incnsequentil factor. The bible and talmud thumpers would have it otherwise, but it would not stand, it is to be hoped, the scrutiny of Supreme court review.
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