00 Agent Kid wrote:
I, however, have a different (yet secular) view on the matter. The founding fathers based most of the Constitution's principles from Christian principles (i.e. the Ten Commandments). The Ten Commandments became a foundation of our country.
I always enjoy seeing this myth in print because it gives me the opportunity to ask if the writer has actually read the US Constitution.
Here it is:
The Constitution of the United States
Did you read it? Except for the Preamble, it's a pretty dry piece of paper, wouldn't you say? Dryness is a good thing when you are building foundations. And, as you saw, there is no mention of those moral principles or values referred to in the above quote. In fact, as brought up in the recent arguments before the Court on this very issue, the Founding Fathers neither referred to nor mentioned the Ten Commandments in their deliberations in Philadelphia nor in the Federalists Papers nor, except for scant remarks in the late writings of Franklin, are there any mentions of a connection between moral principles and governance. * You find that sort of thing in Voltaire and the Preambles of the Constitutions of the various States, the writers of the latter having to play to a local crowd.
The only reference to religion of any kind is in the First Amendment and it both restricts Congress from establishing any religion in particular and from restraining the free exercise of any form of such beliefs. That's been a good thing for this nation.
The homeless guy who wrote this petition of redress to the Supreme Court of the United States embodies the true nature of the free citizens of the United States who can approach the halls of the their government knowing that the powers held by that government came not from above, but from the combined consent of the People.
Joe(e pluribus ) Nation
*Franklin, the deist, proposed that the sessions of the Constitutional Convention be opened and closed with a prayer. I think he was trying to keep a calmness in a very hot room amongst very hot minds. His proposal was turned down.