Many today say our founding fathers wanted a wall of separation built between church and state while arguing they wanted a wall of separation built between God and state. Many have said that our founding fathers were not religious men. I have stood by that no where in the Constitution, nor in the Bill of Rights does it say “God is not welcome” or “We are not a faith based country.” Congress protected religion in the Bill of Rights because they wanted to protect the basis of our beliefs. We had split with England where one church and one church only was sanctioned. Depending on who was in power at the time determined if it was Catholicism, or if it was the Church of England.
To back my stance up, the first Amendment in the Bill of Rights says Congress shall pass no law that impedes religion or gives preference to one denomination over another.
The phrase “separation of church and state” came in a letter from President Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association which was petitioning him to make the Baptist Church the ‘official’ church of America.
As far as our founding fathers not being men of faith:
1. George Washington, in his Proclamation of October 17, 1789 stated “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” (SOURCE: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/GW/gw004.html)
2. John Hancock, a signer of the Constitution, the President of the 2nd Continental Congress, and the first and third governor of Massachusetts, stated in his proclamation of April 15th, 1775 stated “In circumstances as dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect what whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments, …at the same time all confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness…” (SOURCE: http://www.josephsmithacademy.org)
3. Samuel Adams, another founding father, leader in the Revolution, and the fourth governor of Massachusetts stated in a proclamation while governor “I do hereby appoint Thursday the Second Day of April next, to be observed as a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer throughout this Commonwealth: Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, of every Denomination, with their respective Congregations, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly implore the Divine forgiveness of our Sins…” (SOURCE: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/the-writings-of-samuel-adams-volume-iv-1778-1802)
Although Abraham Lincoln was not a founding father, in his proclamation of April 24th, 1863 stated “It is the duty of all Nations as well to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations are blessed whose God is The Lord. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace-to-proud to pray to the God that made us…” (SOURCE: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm)
I have supplemented my stance with enough evidence recorded directly from our founding fathers’ mouths to make it clear that those who wish to re-write history are wrong and doing a disservice to this nation. I think Lincoln said it best when he said “We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace-to-proud to pray to the God that made us.”