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One Nation Under God?

It doesn’t seem to matter how easily demonstrable it is from the writings of the founders themselves that the United States was most assuredly not founded on “Christian principles” let alone under the direct auspices of Jesus Christ, evangelical fanatics will continue to insist the contrary to be true.

John Adams, Second President of the United States, wrote in his 1788 A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America that:

Thirteen governments thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind…

The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this even an era in their history.

Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…

Click on the picture above or here for a larger version where you can zoom in on all of its glorious details such as the black robed judge on his knees hiding his face in shame over various SCOTUS decisions enforcing the separation of Church and State… A descriptive tour of the painting with often hilarious explanatory notes can be taken here.

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