Virginia comes into play as a leader of this movement away from an “established church” and a separation of church and state with their Virginia Statute for Religious Liberty.
Virginia rid itself of its legally established Church and separated church and state ten years before the Virginia Religious Law was passed in 1786.
There, Patrick Henry argued for taxes (not necessarily “tyranny”) to support the Christian/Episcopal Church but was defeated by Jefferson and Madison in this 1786 law that guaranteed religious freedom to everyone.
That is a false statement.
The views expressed in the Virginia statute were carried forward to the US Constitution
by Jeffereson and Madison
Jefferson had nothing to do with the Constitution, officially.
the latter being the principle author of the document.
Why do you say that?
Which is not to say that everyone agreed with this separation. Attempts were periodically made to make the US a “Christian Nation” but they always failed. The National Reform Association tried in 1864 by pushing for an amendment that said we are “humbly acknowledging Almighty God as the source of all authority and powerin civil government, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Ruler among the nations, [and] His revealed will as the supreme law of the land, in order to constitute a Christian government.” It didn’t make it. In the 1950’s it was tried again to insert that the United States “devoutly recognizes the Authority and Law of Jesus Christ, Saviour and Ruler of nations, through whom are bestowed the blessings of liberty.”, it failed, was revived in the 60’s and failed again.
I wish the Counterfeit Christians would try that again. I might start a “satirical” campaign myself.
Some people continue to hold out that the Constitution applies only to Christians
Who are these people?
Justice John Paul Stevens in his 1985 Wallace v. Jaffree ruling, put this form of the Christian Nation rhetoric to rest saying, “At one time it was thought that this right merely proscribed the preference of one Christian sect over another, but would not require equal respect for the conscience of the infidel, the atheist, or the adherent of a non-Christian faith such as Mohammedism or Judaism. But when the underlying principle has been examined in the crucible of litigation, the Court has unambiguously concluded that the individual freedom of conscience protected by the First Amendment embraces the right to select any religious faith or none at all.”
The Supreme Court never thought “that this right merely proscribed the preference of one Christian sect over another, but would not require equal respect for the conscience of the infidel, the atheist, or the adherent of a non-Christian faith such as Mohammedism or Judaism.” What was Stevens talking about?
No, Mr. McCain, America is not a Christian Nation.
That all depends on what he meant, dude.