Debate: Did the Founders have a religious motive?

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YES

This nation was founded by men with a religious motive.

NO

Religion had nothing to do with the motivation for the founding. It was purely a commercial venture with some participants being of a religious nature. Religious freedom was a personal motive for inclusion in the ship manifest.

But this should be contrasted to the establishment of the government Americans enjoy today. There was no religious motive in providing freedom.

The founders had religion, but they realized others had different religion, and they realized a sucessful nation would have to be an inclusive one.--Snotbowst 22:48, 30 November 2008 (EST)

Wasn't religious freedom one of their motives? I would consider that a religious motive, but I don't think that's the kind of religious motive meant by the question. JamesCA, 7 June, 2011

Note 1st amendment, the ban of religous tests, and the history of persecution in europe John101 17:25, 19 October 2011 (EDT)

yes

the founders needed some acceptable reference of popular values

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