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Were we founded as a Christian Nation?

At the time of the writing of the States' constitutions and the U.S. Constitution, nearly all Colonies embraced an “official church”. The First Amendment prohibits the federal government from dealing with religion partially since the States saw that as their own choice.  King George tried to shove the Church of England down their throats, helping lead to the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.  The following is a list of the Colonies' official Denomination, chosen by the people of that Colony.  This is further evidence that destroys the modern day notion of what has been misinterpreted as the 'separation between church and state'.  The Anglican church is another term for the Church of England.

http://en2.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?title=State_church&redirect=no
 

Colony Denomination
Connecticut Congregational
Delaware none
Georgia  Anglican
Lower Canada none
Maryland Anglican
Massachusetts Congregational
New Brunswick Anglican
New Hampshire Congregational
New Jersey none
New York Anglican/Dutch Reformed
Newfoundland none
North Carolina Anglican
Nova Scotia Anglican
Pennsylvania none
Prince Edward Island Anglican
Rhode Island none
South Carolina Anglican
Upper Canada Anglican
Virginia Anglican




The following was excerpted from the newsletter available at the link below from the site (IOTC) or Institute on the Constitution, a great effort to help Americans learn about our constitutional origin and rights.  Michael Peroutka and his brother (also utilizing resources by Col. John Eidsmoe and others) founded this organization to hopefully reawaken Americans and save our Republic.  He happens to be a candidate for President, seeking the nomination from the Constitution Party.          http://www.iotconline.com/newsletters/2003_November.pdf
 

 

Was America Established as a Christian Nation?
A look at the historical evidence

Delaware Constitution (1776)
     Article 22:
"Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust...shall...also make and subscribe the following declaration, to whit:
"I, _____, do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration"

Maryland Constitution (1776)
     Article XXXV:
"That no other test or qualification ought to be required...than such oath of support and fidelity to this State...and a declaration of a belief in the Christian religion."

Massachusetts Constitution (1776):
"All persons elected to office must make the following declaration:  "I do declare that I believe the Christian religion, and have firm persuasion of its truth"
 

New Jersey Constitution (1776)
     Article XIX:
"No Protestant inhabitant of this Colony shall be denied the enjoyment of any civil right...all persons, professing a belief in the faith of any Protestant sect...shall be capable of being elected into any office of profit or trust, or being a member of either branch of the Legislature."

Pennsylvania Constitution (1776)
      Section 10:
"And each member [of the legislature], before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration, viz:  "I do believe in one God, the Creator and Governor of the universe, the rewarder of the good and punisher of the wicked, and I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration."

North Carolina Constitution (1776)
     Article XXXII
"That no person who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State."

Vermont Constitution (1777)
     Declaration of Rights, III:
"Nor can any man who professes the protestant religion, be justly deprived or abridged of any civil rights, as a citizen, on account of his religious sentiment...nevertheless, every sect of denomination of people ought to observe the Sabbath, or the Lord's day..."

South Carolina Constitution (1778)
     Article XXXVIII:
"That all persons and religious societies who acknowledge that there is one God, and a future state of rewards and punishments, and that God is publicly to be worshipped, shall be freely tolerated... That all denominations of Christian[s]...shall enjoy equal religious and civil privileges."

New Hampshire Constitution (1784)
      Part 2:
"[Provides that no person be elected governor, senator, representative or member of the Council] who is not of the protestant religion."

Tennessee Constitution (1796)
     Article VIII, Section 2:
"No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall old any office in the civil department of this State."
 

http://www.iotconline.com/newsletters/2003_November.pdf

 

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