First, lets remember that this is the USA. The US Constitution was written for two reasons, freedom from taxation without representation, and freedom from a State-imposed religion.
Here is an interesting article at this site:
The Faith of Our Founding Fathers
By Dean Worbois
No one disputes the faith of our Founding Fathers. To speak of unalienable Rights being endowed by a Creator certainly shows a sensitivity to our spiritual selves. What is surprising is when fundamentalist Christians think the Founding Fathers' faith had anything to do with the Bible. Without exception, the faith of our Founding Fathers was deist, not theist. It was best expressed earlier in the Declaration of Independence, when they spoke of "the Laws of Nature" and of "Nature's God."
In a sermon of October 1831, Episcopalian minister Bird Wilson said,
"Among all of our Presidents, from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism." The Bible? Here is what our Founding Fathers wrote about Bible-based Christianity:
"I have examined all the known superstitions of the word, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth."
SIX HISTORIC AMERICANS, by John E. Remsburg, letter to William Short
"Christianity...(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man. ...Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus. "The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.
Jefferson's word for the Bible? "Dunghill."
"The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli. Article 11 states:
"The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."
"It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible."
"Accustom a people to believe that priests and clergy can forgive sins...and you will have sins in abundance."
And; "The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty."
These founding fathers were a reflection of the American population. Having escaped from the state-established religions of Europe, only 7% of the people in the 13 colonies belonged to a church when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Let's look not at Jefferson, but Monticello, the monument the government erected to Thomas Jefferson. Look in your pocket for a nickel sometime if you want to see it.
Now, I've had religious fanatics come lurking around my house like faggot Peeping Toms, accusing me of fraud because they saw activity on their infrared camera that indicated I was interested in bone-jumping some female I saw on TV.
Realistically, those assholes come far closer to the definition of fraud than I could ever hope to.
For one, at least I actually follow the basic tenets of my religion, whereas they have used images and passed judgement.
I have fact backing up what I have to say. They have opinion, nothing else.
The rest of you ought to pay attention to what happens to whales when they choose to follow the wrong leaders. It isn't a pleasant sight, the rotting corpses one sees on the beach the next day...
These assholes claim to be the all-seeing, all-knowing authority on the subject of spiritual reality, when in fact only know to be fact what someone else told them was fact. Never were they presented with any fact or evidence of any kind, and yet they have the audacity and gall to rise up and claim to know what is and what is not, beyond doubt, because someone told them their opinion of what was and was not?
What are the odds that these fools are "spokesmen of God"? Not very likely. One doesn't have to look very far to demonstrate this pretty much beyond doubt.
Look to Monticello. Jefferson called the Bible a pile of shit. Then the US government built a vast monument to Jefferson, and put his face more than once on US currency and bonds (even before the Jefferson nickel).
Jefferson basically also called the church something similar to what he called the Bible.
It occurs, this would really piss God off. If I were God, I would be thinking to myself, "what is this lame bullshit"? I would be pissed off, to say the least.
Perhaps God was on vacation during the Civil war. Washington D.C. was invaded by the Confederacy, and the U.S. Capitol was burned to the ground, yet Monticello remained untouched.
Out of the thousands of Confederate soldiers, not one was as in touch with God and spiritual reality as some of the assholes you might meet today claim to be, that God could not communicate His desire that Monticello and the blasphemy it represented be destroyed?
Worse for their case, the Union won, and the Confederacy lost. The Confederacy would never have honered Jefferson by placing his Yankee likeness upon their currency.
Those assholes lurk around here in the dark, trying to feed a line of bullshit to other people hanging around, hoping they will be gullible enough to beleive it, knowing better than to face me in an open debate.
Only a fool disagrees with fact, or chooses their future based upon that what might be, choosing that over that which obviously is.
Just because P. T. Barnum was right about there being a sucker being born every minute doesn't mean that the rest of you halfway normal people were born during one of those minutes...