We have a diverse nation. And there wasn’t nearly as much diversity at the time of the founding, but there was some. And you have to look at what the Founders did together when they crafted the Constitution. You have all these Founders from states with establishments and established religions, but what did they do? They didn’t establish a religion. They didn’t have a religious test. I mean, they did everything differently than what they had in their state. So what they did together and came together to do is what we should follow as our example, not what they did in their states.
Warren Throckmorton, is co-author, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact-Checking Claims About Our Third President and host of the new podcast “Telling Jefferson Lies.” A critical election year is already in full swing, and once again religion is being misused to drive electoral outcomes. The fallacy that America was founded as a Christian nation by Thomas Jefferson and his fellow patriots is being actively promoted to justify Christian nationalist politics. The State of Belief host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush and Warren Throckmorton discuss this phenomenon, which he’s been working to debunk for over a decade.