17 December 2003

America is not a Christian nation

Historian Robert Carver writes a letter to the Illinois Leader refuting the notion that "America was founded as a Christian nation".
Those who first came to America were not running from religious persecution. The Puritans were a minority in England and were intolerant of the majority religion and left England for Holland so their children would not be exposed to what they saw as a false belief system. Holland was even worse for them so they set sail for the newly established colonies in America. Once they arrived, they set up an intolerant system to prevent the exercise of any belief system that differed from their own.