On June 29, 2013, in Bradford County Florida, 200 nonbelievers unveiled a monument to atheism. Etched on one side of the six-ton granite stone is an obscure phrase from the 1796 Treaty of Tripoli, “. . .the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion . . .”
Certainly, the creators of the atheism pillar would have preferred a quote suggesting the United States was not created by men who believed in God, but the evidence suggests the Founding Fathers were, in fact, men of faith.
Dr. Harold Pease, a history and political science instructor at Taft College, who has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers, points out there are five references to God in the Declaration of Independence, a document which ends with these words:
“And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”The Declaration is signed by fifty-six representatives and ratified by all the states in the union.
The fact is the Founding Fathers were spiritual men who believed in God. Most, if not all, were Christians. Certainly, that does not make the United States a Christian Nation, but it does make us a country founded by men of God, a fact that atheists would prefer that we forget.