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Is the U.S. Constitution a God-free document? 

Recently, we debated the Pledge of Allegiance case with Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United for The Separation of Church and State. Here’s a quote from that public radio debate:

“The founding document is not the Declaration of Independence, in fact you don’t cite that in legal briefs, what you do cite is the Constitution, which with the reference, with the exception of the reference, the linguistic reference, the ‘In the year of our Lord’, uh, there is absolutely no religious content except the prohibition against a religious test for public office, so that’s the seminal document, they, that was done deliberately without reference to God, because this was not a godless country, but it was simply a God-Free Constitution.”

First, the Declaration of Independence has been cited by the courts and in legal briefs for centuries. Secondly, if the Declaration of Independence is not the founding document, what is it? A memo to King George? Thirdly, absolutely no religious content? A God-free Constitution? Where does Reverend Lynn think the Founders came up with the principles of liberty, justice, separation of powers, and the Bill of Rights in the first place? Does he think that the blessings of liberties the Founders spoke of in the Constitution simply fell from the sky?  

Has he never read about Benjamin Franklin’s prayer during the Constitutional Convention?  

Absolutely no religious content?


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