By the Library of Congress. Once more, history blogger Michael Aubrecht goes out of his way to display his "progressive" and "enlightened" views on American history and, once again, gets it wrong. Michael writes:
Next month I will be reviewing a new PBS documentary that explores the faith of the Founding Fathers and the path to religious liberty in America (*note the use of the word ‘religious’ and NOT exclusively Christian).
Note Michael's note. This ridiculous notion continues to be spouted by Progressives because orthodox Christianity undermines their ideology, thus they must discredit the notion that America was founded on Christian principles. It other words, their agenda drives them. I suggest before they go much further, they might want to rent some sand blasters and head to Washington D.C. But, in the meantime, consider what the Library of Congress pointed out in their excellent online resource:
The religion of the new American republic was evangelicalism, which, between 1800 and the Civil War, was the "grand absorbing theme" of American religious life. During some years in the first half of the nineteenth century, revivals (through which evangelicalism found expression) occurred so often that religious publications that specialized in tracking them lost count. In 1827, for example, one journal exulted that "revivals, we rejoice to say, are becoming too numerous in our country to admit of being generally mentioned in our Record." During the years between the inaugurations of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, historians see "evangelicalism emerging as a kind of national church or national religion." The leaders and ordinary members of the "evangelical empire" of the nineteenth century were American patriots who subscribed to the views of the Founders that religion was a "necessary spring" for republican government; they believed, as a preacher in 1826 asserted, that there was "an association between Religion and Patriotism." Converting their fellow citizens to Christianity was, for them, an act that simultaneously saved souls and saved the republic. [All emphasis mine.]
Facts are stubborn things. It's just so easy to follow the facts Michael. You can convene all the "experts" you want and fill the airwaves and blogosphere with as many idiotic explanations as you want, but our Founding is what it is. Don't be afraid, embrace the truth. It will set you free.