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Back into context of the Church and state debate. This history shows that government and Christianity did not mix well. So, so far we have seen God isn't happy with government. Jesus had issues with the government, as did his followers including disciples.

What was the prevailing mindset of pre revolution and post revolution America? Was the religious experience one of Christian unity? Or was it troubled, one that would lead the drafters of the constitution to want a wall of separation between government and all religious beliefs, even the belief of no God at all?

No God at all? Atheism wasn't a widely accepted belief until the 19 century (1 ). So the founding fathers might not seriously considered it. They would have considered past experiences with intermingling of Church and state and religious liberty.

Roman Catholics experienced disenfranchisement in the American colonies. In News York and Maryland people who were suspect of having "popish beliefs" were required to take oaths. In New Hampshire which was immediately repealed required freemen to be Protestants (2 ).

In 1634 Maryland was founded by the Calvert family for England's persecuted catholic's (3 ).

Catholics in Maryland introduced religious toleration law in 1649. in 1681 Pennsylvania allowed religious liberty (4).

In the late sixteen hundreds a Protestant revolution ousted a catholic government in Maryland (5 ).

In 1659 Massachusetts hung four Quakers for being suspected witches immediately after the revolution on the mistaken belief America was a Protestant lead country anti catholic riots broke out and catholic churches and convents were burned (6 ).

Others such as the Puritans burned supposed witches and banish the father of the Baptist faith Roger Williams from the colonies (7 ).

Mr Williams after being critical of the colonies bond between Church and state founded Rhode Island and guaranteed religious liberty for all. The attracted Catholics, Jews, Baptists, and others who had faced religious persecution in the other colonies (8 ).

A priest was hanged in Boston in 1688 for reciting our father in Latin because the Puritans felt it was a sign of demonic possession. Priest were banned for life from entering Boston (9 ).

Some American Colonist seemed more willing to support religious freedom. Such as Virginias bill for establishing religious freedom (10 ).

During the constitutional convention in 1787 early drafts of the constitution Rejected religious qualifications to hold public office Charles Pinckney III of South Carolina proposed and it was unanimously adopted without debate that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the authority of the U. States." (11 ).

In 1802 President Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter responding to Connecticut Baptists association, in it he said the first amendment's establishment clause was "building a waft of separation between Church & State." (12 ).

During debates and drafts of the first amendment the subject of protecting religious sects, denominations, groups, or societies. This also included protecting the right to worship, property, and practice these religion. since no religious ideology was excluded it can be derived that all religious Ideologies are included, including the belief in No God at all(13 ).

In an attempt to avert a war in north Africa. A peace treaty with the North African government of Tripoli that was approved by congress, article 11 of this treaty said Article 11 read, "As the government of the United States of America is not founded in any sense on the Christian religion -- as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims] -- and as the said states have 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." (14 ).


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