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The false image of Washington as a devout Christian was fabricated by Mason Locke Weems, In reality he was a Deist and a Freemason, and never once mentioned the name of Jesus Christ in any of his thousands of letters, and pointedly referred to divinity as “It.”
Excerpts from the Roanoke Times..
George Washington, in his private papers from his younger years, professed faith in Christ. In his latter years, he still attended church and stated to Delaware Indian chiefs in a speech in 1779 that they "do well to learn our arts, ways of life, in all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a great happier people than you are. Congress will do everything to assist you in this wise intention."
In his 1789 declaration of Nov. 26 to be a Day of Thanksgiving, he states that "it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection, aid and favors." He calls God "that great glorious Being, who is the Beneficient Author of all the good that was, is and shall be...." His stepdaughter, Nelly Custis Lewis, defended his faith saying, "his writings prove he is a Christian. He was not one of those who act or pray that it be seen of men. He communed with his God in secret."
Of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, 93 percent were Christian. Twenty-eight were Episcopalians, eight were Presbyterians, seven were Congregationalists, two were Lutherans, two were Dutch Reformists, two were Methodists, two were Roman Catholics. Three were Deists. This at a time when to be a member meant giving a sworn confession of faith.
One of the "Deists" ("those who believe that the universe was created by a God and then abandoned by that God"), Benjamin Franklin, stated: "The longer I live, the more convinced I become that God governs in the affairs of men. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend or do we imagine we no longer need his assistance?"
Patrick Henry, aware that some thought he was a Deist, was "pained" at this thought, and said of being a Christian himself, "that in that is a character which I prize far above that I have or can boast." His last will and testament says regarding his family, "There is one thing more I wish I could give them and that is faith in Jesus Christ. If they had that and not one shilling, they would be rich; and if I had not given them that, and had given them all the world, they would be poor indeed".
James Madison believed that religious liberty was important. Not wanting it under governmental control, he stated: "the Christian faith was solid enough doctrinally, theologically, morally and intellectually that it didn't need the support of civil government."
And though basically a Unitarian, John Adams in 1816 stated that "Jesus is Benevolence personified, an example for all men." He wrote in his diary in 1756, "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the bible as their only law-book ... what a Utopia; what a paradise would this region be!" In 1813, to Jefferson, he wrote that the general principles of Christianity were "the only principles in which the Fathers who achieved independence could unite."