Jefferson and A Secular Nation

Posted: July 9, 2009 in A Secular Nation and Jefferson, Category - Cultural War

Is America supposed to be a secular nation?

If you watch cable news this week you will probably hear some expert from some college or institute talking about the separation of church and state. Some go as far as to authoritatively claim that America is a secular nation and always has been that way.  And these voices are growing louder and louder.

What would Thomas Jefferson think about this argument?

Jefferson is given credit for writing the Declaration of Independence. That’s a bit of a stretch. Jefferson was given plenty of credit but the Declaration was actually the work of a Committee. Jefferson was the final editor. He was also the third President of the United States and not viewed as an orthodox Christian. He is often cited as the patron saint of the secular society. Here is a quote from Jefferson in 1787:

God who gave us life gave us Liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?

Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

As for the separation of church and state, a term not found in the US Constitution but often attributed to Jefferson, he states in 1798: “No power over the freedom of religion… is delegated to the United States by the Constitution.”

There is a powerful deception going on in America today. You can learn more of the real facts and the true history of this nation at Or you can simply believe what you hear on cable news.

By American Policy Roundtable (


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