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Arizona government founded on principles of the Christian Bible???

Jan 22, 2015

Arizona Republic

Arizona House Speaker David Gowan thinks "the country was founded on principles in the (Christian) Bible"

Know your history: U.S. not founded on Christianity

Timothy Keister 4:21 p.m. MST January 22, 2015 Bible.

In your Jan.11 edition, House Speaker David Gowan is quoted that "the country was founded on principles in the (Christian) Bible" ("Insider: House lounge reading limited to the Bible").

Apparently, knowledge of history is not a requirement to become an elected official in Arizona. The United States is founded on the secular principles of the Enlightenment. The majority of the founding fathers were either atheists or deists and did not include in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution any reference to the United States being founded on Christian principles.

If the United States was founded on Christian principles, we would be just like the theocracies of Iran and Saudi Arabia, where blasphemy is a capital offense and people are killed over cartoons mocking the fantasy of religion.

Separation of church and state is one of the basic principles that enabled this county to go from a third world country to the largest economy in the world in less than 100 years. Let us keep all the fantasies of religion out of government, as it is an evil mixture.

— Timothy Keister, Gold Canyon

Timothy Keister didn't point out that "The Treaty of Tripoli" signed at Tripoli on November 4, 1796 very specifically pointed out that the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;