Is America a Christian Nation?
The Faith of Our Founding Fathers (n.d.) by Dean Worbois (Off Site)
"No one disputes the faith of our Founding Fathers. To speak of unalienable Rights being endowed by a Creator certainly shows a sensitivity to our spiritual selves. What is surprising is when fundamentalist Christians think the Founding Fathers' faith had anything to do with the Bible. Without exception, the faith of our Founding Fathers was deist, not theist."
America has never been a Christian nation. We are a free nation. Anne Gaylor, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, points out: "There can be no religious freedom without the freedom to dissent."
Is the United States a Christian Nation? Should It Be? (2002) [ Index ] (Off Site)
A dialog between Dr. Ed Buckner and Rev. Jon Rankin. Dr. Buckner is Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism in Buffalo, New York, and serves as editor of its Free Inquiry magazine. Dr. Buckner holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. Rev. Rankin is an author, host of the Mars Hill Forum series, and a former agnostic who turned to biblical faith and earned graduate degrees in theology from Gordon-Conwell and Harvard.
James Madison on Separation of Church and State (n.d.) (Off Site)
The quotations presented here, drawn in every case directly from the most original source available to the compilers, may prove useful to those arguing, in a variety of ways or contexts, in favor of separation of church and state, religious freedom, and the rights of religious or, especially, irreligious minorities. Quotations supporting atheism, deism, or unorthodox religious views are included to the extent that they might be useful in debating against those who argue that the United States was established as a Christian nation or that the "founding fathers" would have accepted government support of any religious orthodoxy. Not all the quotes are from humanists or freethinkers nor even from people committed to complete separation of church and state, but the quotes are all, as far as we can determine, genuine, accurate, and not distorted by being taken out of context.
Little-Known Document signed By President Adams (n.d.) by Jim Walker (Off Site)
Proclaims that the United States of America's government is secular.