As the Family Research Council's "Values Voters Summit" comes to a close this weekend, we are again reminded of the ongoing efforts by the religious right to erode the wall of separation between church and state. The far right insists that the United States is "a Judeo-Christian Nation" and that its Founding Fathers were Christian.
But what does the Constitution say about Jesus?
Does the Constitution mention God?
What does the First Amendment (Bill of Rights) say about Jesus?
Does it mention God?
God does show up in the Declaration of Independence as "Nature's God."
"Nature's God" ties into Deistic beliefs. The Founding Fathers who are most widely believed to have been deists include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, possibly Alexander Hamilton, Ethan Allen and Thomas Paine.
Despite the tremendous influence of Deism to the freedoms enjoyed in the United States today, few people are familiar with Deism — what it is, what its philosophy is, and where it fits in with the notion that the United States is a "Judeo-Christian nation." The results of a poll taken in September 2007 by the First Amendment Center are alarming:
Sixty-five percent of Americans believe that the nation's founders intended the U.S. to be a Christian nation and 55% believe that the Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the "State of the First Amendment 2007" national survey released Sept. 11 by the First Amendment Center.
In our next podcast, we will be taking a look at Deism and the issue of separation of church and state. Deism is based on reason, not religion.
We're thrilled to announce that we will be talking with Jayson, the Deputy Director of the World Union of Deists, about Deism, free thought and reason.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: We are also honored to have John Armstrong — DeistPaladin — on the show. Many who watch YouTube are familiar with John's incredible videos, logic and talent. John is author of God vs. The Bible. John is one of three co-organizers of the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers.
Please join in for an interesting discussion with Jayson, John and Deborah, your "God Discussion Reporter" and administrator of the site. If you are unable to tune in, please add your questions in our comments section below and we'll address them on the show.
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time
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This is going to be a great show … We hope you can join in the discussion!