There is vast misunderstanding about our national history. The founding fathers, when using the word ‘religion’ meant Christianity exclusively. The written discussion authored by T. Jefferson about establishment of a state religion was specifically a common viewpoint that no one CHRISTIAN denomination would become a state religion: i.e. Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic, etc.
To be sure, our early colonial history is rife with intolerance between denominations. This was particularly true up until the election of President John F. Kennedy. While working in the south of Louisiana, older Baptists related to me how the parish sheriff would persecute Baptist missionary pastors, beating them and chasing them away. Ignorance of God’s instruction manual when settling religious disputes always has an undesirable outcome. The Apostle Paul and the earlier disciples recognized how ignorance of Holy Scripture caused religious zealots to persecute Christians, even Sadducees fighting with Pharisees.
The broad, educated view of our founding fathers was very much in agreement with Biblical models for society, law, justice and government.
John Adams’ viewpoint: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” By “religious”, he meant “Christian”.
You will the famous Revolutionary orator Patrick Henry who said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
Only Christian government tolerates religious thought, whether Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism or atheism. While our founding fathers willingly allowed non-Christian religious practices, clearly they did not intend for them to partake of government.
However, we now openly see atheists (an official religion as confirmed by the Supreme Court) and Islamists progressively eliminating Christian thought and practices.
Homosexuals who claim to be ‘christians’ are, in fact, atheists, because they do not believe in Biblical models for family, morality and government.
Therefore, those anti-Christs – atheists, homosexuals, Islamists, etc. – labor incessantly to silence Christians in the marketplace, in educational institutions and in government.