A "Christian Nation" My Ass.
(Printed in the Towanda Daily Review on 4/8/98.)
Frank, you've got to stop reading "U.S. History According to Pat Robertson." In your Review letter (Leeland, 3/25/98), you made many claims, but failed to supply any evidence or quotations backing that which you claimed. We are discussing documented historical facts here, not faith.
In his 3/29/98 letter, Jeff Gonzalez provided numerous quotes by Thomas Jefferson showing that Jefferson absolutely intended for that "wall of separation." Other Founders had similar concerns and acted accordingly.
John Adams labeled the Christian religion as the "most bloody religion that ever existed."(1) As I wrote in a previous letter, the Senate, during Adams presidency, ratified the Treaty of Tripoli that proclaimed, "the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."(2)
James Madison proclaimed Christianity to cause "pride and indolence in the clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."(3)
Ethan Allen stopped his own wedding until the presiding judge affirmed that "God" referred to the God of Nature and not to the God of the Bible.(4)
Frank, you are entitled to your opinion in the matter, however I will offer one more quote. Former Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy James Schlesinger said, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion...but no one is entitled to their own facts."
If Pat Robertson thinks that the Founders were Christians, that's his opinion. But personally, I wouldn't put too much faith in the "facts" according to Robertson about anything. Of course, this is just my opinion. I'll let the facts speak for themselves.
(1) John Adams, letter to F.A. Vander Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816.
(2) Treaty of Tripoli, 1797, Article 11.
(3) James Madison, "A Memorial and Remonstrance", 1785.
(4) Sense of History compiled by American Heritage Press Inc., p. 103 (1985, American Heritage Press Inc., New York NY).
John L. Ferri