Seems like the Founding Fathers had a sensible approach to religion

5 Founding Fathers Whose Skepticism About Christianity Would Make ThemUnelectable Today
Thomas Jefferson believed that a coolly rational form of religion would take root in America. Was he ever wrong.
January 10, 2012  |  
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To hear the Religious Right tell it, men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were 18th-century versions of Jerry Falwell in powdered wigs and stockings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Unlike many of today’s candidates, the founders didn’t find it necessary to constantly wear religion on their sleeves. They considered faith a private affair. Contrast them to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (who says he wouldn’t vote for an atheist for president because non-believers lack the proper moral grounding to guide the American ship of state), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who hosted a prayer rally and issued an infamous ad accusing President Barack Obama of waging a “war on religion”) and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (whose uber-Catholicism leads him to oppose not just abortion but birth control).

There was a time when Americans voted for candidates who were skeptical of core concepts of Christianity like the Trinity, the divinity of Jesus and the virgin birth. The question is, could any of them get elected today? The sad answer is probably not.


3 comments on “Seems like the Founding Fathers had a sensible approach to religion

  1. Phil Zieber says:

    I’m a little alarmed that you would write a post like this with (obviously) no grasp of history.
    These men prayed often, many times in public, and wrote extensively of a reverence for religion. Don’t take my word for it — read a couple of their biographies.
    You’re totally entitled to your personal views on religion, but can’t your assessment of history is, well — wrong.

  2. Phil Zieber says:

    Strike “can’t.” Sorry.

  3. Leguanite says:

    Thanks for your comment Phil, but don’t you think some of the folks in America – bible thumpers are over the top. Some of them are getting more and more conservative in their views and speak as if that was what the Founding Fathers had in mind. I don’t think so.
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and that’s one of the joys of living in a free country. We can have civil debates.

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