I am a strong proponent of the separation of church and state. Occasionally, I have met those who have appealed to the founding fathers and asserted that owing to their Christianity, God blessed these United States, and thus we are a Christian nation.

I shall let those who founded the country speak for themselves:

“The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian Religion.”

~ George Washington

“I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

“A just government has no need for the clergy or the church.”

~ James Madison

“I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end… where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice.”

~ John F. Kennedy

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers.”

~ Barack Obama