In a letter to the editor of The Abilene Reporter News two days ago, the writer of the letter says that the founding fathers of this country "mandated religious neutrality in government." You've probably heard others say something similar, usually using the phrase "separation of church and state." I've been studying The Truth Project series for a Bible study and our family has been listening to historian David Barton as part of our homeschool history class, so I have done quite a bit of research on this topic.
If you read article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance of 1784, it says that any state wanting to join the union must have schools that teach religion, morality, and knowledge. Moreover, 11 of the 13 original states (New York and Virginia excluded) had in their original constitutions that you basically had to be a Christian to run for public office in that state. I believe the founders knew that for God's design for the state (Romans 13) to function properly a Christian worldview was essential. I'm not a history expert but I don't think the founders "mandated religious neutrality in government."
When you read what the original documents say sometimes you form a different opinion than from reading a recently written textbook by an author with an agenda. I dusted off my history book from college and read the paragraph on the Mayflower Compact. Then I read the original Mayflower Compact from the internet. The words in bold italics were left out of my textbook. My comment is in parentheses.
In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten...Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith...do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; (meaning the advancement of the Christian faith)...to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws...for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
How could a college textbook leave out the most important reason for them coming to this country? Does someone not want to acknowledge the church relocation project that it really was? So, if you want someone to think that we're not a "Christian" nation all you have to do is omit a few things from the history book.
Who was the first to revise history?