Joe: ...So this government, this country was not neutral about God right
at the outset. One, accepting that there is a creator, so our existence
here is not accidental. And secondly, that as a result of the creation, we
have an inherent unity. We are all equal. We have equal opportunity for
those rights. We are a country based on a vision, a belief in
(update)-Were America's founding fathers Christians by the standards of today's Evangelicals? The record shows unequivocally that they were not. To examine the writings of Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, Adams, and Madison is to note the striking degree to which they all shared attitudes toward religion which in no way resemble the beliefs of today's Creationists. What the spoken and written record reflects is less profound piety or Christian boosterism than a pragmatic recognition of religion as a force for social stability and a spur to moral action.
Unlike the public voice of ethical and spiritual propaganda as it flows from the religious right, the principle Framers placed far less emphasis on any theological doctrine then they did on the gospel message of love. As deists of the Enlightenment, they honored virtue above orthodoxy. Indeed, Franklin, Adams and Jefferson are on record as sharing a skepticism about many Christian doctrines, including Jesus' divinity. Like many of their deist contemporaries, the Founders tended to invoke "Nature" as an authority. In their view, human beings had a "natural rights."
emailer: Now I have read the founding document of this country, the one Joe promised
to uphold, a number of times, and I don't see that three-letter word "GOD"
anywhere in the Constitution.
emailer: This is a Jewish senator from Connecticut. One of our own! What hope do we have if this is one of our standard bearers? He was on the show to justify his vote for the Schiavo law. I respect the view that many have that all life is sacred, but I am disgusted by the politicians pandering to the right for a few votes because they don't think the rest of us listen. Well I listen and vote, you decide!