The First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.Note: the amendment does not say, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a religion", it says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". Of course, I'm being very literal in my read. . .
Additionally, John Adams, a founding father who was the 2nd President of the US explicitly stated otherwise in the Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli [emphasis added]:
"The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries"
While the article was removed after the treaty was broken in 1801 and the treaty renegotiated in 1805, the intent of the founding fathers is as clear as the intent of the McCain-Palin "Small town values equals good Christian values" ticket.
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