For 150 years in America’s history the Fourth of July was considered a religious holiday, says Christian history activist David Barton. He told Focus on the Family listeners this week:
If you look at our government proclamations on that day, it was a day when we said, “People of America, we need to stop and thank God Almighty for what He has done in this nation, that He has raised this nation up to propagate the gospel across the world.”
He says America’s history has been re-written in recent years by those supporting a secular society.
Well, you find that (history) has a great impact on public policy. You see you wouldn’t really want it to appear that someone with the credibility of George Washington might actually endorse public religious expressions. So, what we do is make him into a nonreligious individual.