The founding fathers were far from the christians Palin, Bachmann, and Beck would have you believe they were. Most of them went to church, but what they wrote and what they said paint a definite picture of a group of people that were dedicated more to the abstract principles that the church tried to teach, and didnt particularly believe in the institution itself. Ill provide a few quotes from Thomas Jefferson. "Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the Common Law." -letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, 1814 "It has been fifty and sixty years since I read the Apocalypse, and then I considered it merely the ravings of a maniac." "They [preachers] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live." "Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." - letter to Peter Carr, Aug. 10, 1787 "I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology." "We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication ." Doesnt he sound like he would love the science denying bible thumping christians of today?