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In act, all 56 signers of Declaraton of Independence were Christians

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To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Alan Vervaeke seems to want to continue the spitting match over his comment that, "Violence by religion is why we have a separation of church and state in this country." I challenged that statement by writing ". . . we were taught that the First Amendment's words regarding freedom of religion were to ensure that there would not be any 'state run religion,' as there was in England."

Mr. Vervaeke then followed with, "The United States was created to be free from religious influences by men who were all avowed deists and not Christians."

That's deserving of an "Oy vey."

A little fact check shows that all of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Christians; the majority of them (32) were Episcopalians, 13 Congregationalists, 12 Presbyterians, two Quakers, two Unitarians, and one Catholic. The research also showed that, over time, some of the signers evolved with two Congregationalists becoming Unitarians, two Quakers becoming Episcopalians, one Episcopalian becoming a Presbyterian and another one becoming a Congregationalist. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were both included as Episcopalian (Deist). There is evidence that as Jefferson evolved into Deism, he continued to worship in the Episcopal Church throughout his life. (Note: generally speaking, deism is a belief that God created the Earth, but has not otherwise influenced mankind.)

Further, all of the signers of Constitution showed a religious preference. The majority of them were Episcopalians/Anglicans, Presbyterians, and Congregationalists (totaling 145) with the remaining showing a high of seven Quakers down to a single Calvinist. Some, during their lifetime, changed from one denomination to another.

For those who are interested in pursuing the faith of our nation's founders, here is a wonderful website: http://www.classicapologetics.com/o/Perry.Signers.pdf.

Bob Meade