[Jumping on soapbox]
Doesn't everyone buy there soap in one of these things?
I keep hearing in the news about different political spins on religion and the directions of the U.S. Constitution, even to the level how religious the Founding Fathers were. Fox News would have us believe that every original member of Congress was a super-religious Christian. MSNBC takes the approach that most of the Founding Fathers were Deists and scientists, believing the common concept of intellectuals in the 18th century that religion is an opiate for the masses.
Well I took the time to do some research, and the real Founding Fathers were ranging from borderline atheist (i.e. Jefferson who wrote "separation of church and state") to including religion in their daily life (i.e. Adams, President #2).
George Washington is used on both sides of the argument. He is quoted as saying,“the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion” in the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli. He also stated, “it is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible" in his farewell address.
The Founding Fathers were a diverse group of guys with different backgrounds, different motivations, and different beliefs. Which is really the whole point. There is no one American way. There are many.
So when I hear any candidate on either side of the aisle speak of the American Way as A, B, or C, you have missed a major step. The American Way is D: All of the Above.
And Google Santorum. That joke never gets old.