This was my comment in response to another’s concerning my stand if America were to erupt into civil war. The person reminded me that the founders were mostly Masons and wanted complete religious freedom in the new United States. From many of their writings that seems to not be necessarily true. ____________________________________________________________________
The meaning of ‘freedom of religion’ is that people of all faiths will be allowed to practice their faith freely and in the public square. It does not mean that all religious beliefs must be allowed to exist in the nation in the same numbers as the nation’s original dominate faith. The founders should have made greater effort to preserve the balance toward the faith of most of the original immigrants, who in fact often came here to practice their faith safely and whose faith is now often under attack. A nation has no obligation to allow the world’s people in, and in fact has an obligation to its own people not to do so.
Religious Freedom does not mean the right to erase or minimize other religions already resident in a nation and does not mean that a nation’s populace has to allow immigration of large enough numbers of followers of other religions so as to make their own religion and moral culture a minority. To do so is cultural suicide. It is national suicide as well. The nation’s definition becomes meaningless, and the nation ceases to exist. Any nation has the right to maintain its original identity, including its original religious beliefs, as it evolves and develops. Adjusting immigration to moderate immigrant growth is one way to do that. After all, no country is obligated to take in a single immigrant other than perhaps (morally and ethically) foreigners who marry that country’s citizens and previous minor children of such spouses.
Though many of the nation’s founders were Masons, many believed in a God, and even the Christian God. Perhaps were as confused as we can be in our times, because some reputed to be Masons were clearly Christian. The mason issue may be overblown by the revisionist left as well. And some scholars have been able to make a good argument that Jefferson was Christine, in spite of his New Testament experiment that seems otherwise but may have been an experiment.
Nevertheless, they did base the founding principles on the philosophy of Judeo Christian morality as well as the Enlightenment. Very important in founding aa nation is the will of the people, as important as the views of the founders at that time. Clearly, according to the well respected observer, Alexis De Tocqueville, America was a Christian nation, very much more than those in Europe.
The only thing the founders got wrong was that they did not (1) declare America a Christian nation that accepted and tolerated other faiths in the Constitution, (2) set quotas that would keep the balance of entering immigrants toward a Christian minority, and (3) allow immigrants from all parts of the world but with controlling quotas that were never lifted. Whether that would have led to whites being a minority or not is not at issue and would not have bothered me. My wife is not white and I’m almost more comfortable around ethnic minority peoples than I am with whites. So it is not racial.