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Christianity is Our Preferred Religion
According to the Founding Fathers

There can be no doubt that the Founding Fathers endorsed Christianity over atheism. They also believed that good government would promote religion, not atheism. But not just any religion. The Founding Fathers believed there was a true religion, and all others were "false religions" (to use Madison's words).

Samuel Adams:

Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity. . . and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country. . . . In short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.

Letter to John Adams, 1790, who wrote back: "You and I agree."
Four Letters: Being an Interesting Correspondence Between Those Eminently Distinguished Characters, John Adams, Late President of the United States; and Samuel Adams, Late Governor of Massachusetts. On the Important Subject of Government
(Boston: Adams and Rhoades, 1802) pp. 9-10

George Washington, asked to address the Chiefs of the Delaware Indians about educating their youth:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. . . . Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.

The Writings of GeoWashington, Jared Sparks, ed., (Boston: Ferdinand Andrews, 1838) XV:55,
from his speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs, May 12, 1779.

Charles Carroll
Signer of the Constitution

Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion whose morality is so sublime and pure . . . are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.

Bernard C. Steiner, The Life and Correspondence of James McHenry (Cleveland: The Burrows Brothers, 1907), p. 475.
In a letter from Charles Carroll to James McHenry of November 4, 1800.)

Benjamin Franklin

History will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion. . . and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.

Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, 1749, p.22

Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and close friend of Thomas Jefferson, explaining the practice of schools in America teaching the Christian religion, implied that this practice was not wholly incompatible with non-Christian religions:
Such is my veneration for every religion that reveals the attributes of the Deity, or a future state of rewards and punishments, that I had rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mohammed inculcated upon our youth than see them grow up wholly devoid of a system of religious principles. But the religion I mean to recommend in this place, is that of the New Testament.

Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosophical
(Philadelphia: Thomas and William Bradford, 1806), p. 8.

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