It wasn’t just that early America saw itself as Christian – outsiders agreed!
The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.
– Alexis de Tocqueville, French observer of America in 1831, author of Democracy in America
There is no country in which the people are so religious as in the United States. …The great number of religious societies existing in the United States is truly surprising: there are some of them for everything; for instance, societies to distribute the Bible; to distribute tracts; to encourage religious journals; to convert, civilize, educate…to take care of their widows and orphans; to preach, extend, purify, preserve, reform the faith; to build chapels, endow congregations, support seminaries…to establish Sunday schools…to prevent drunkenness, etc.
– Achille Murat, French observer of America in 1832
What French observers would say such things about us today?
Source: Hobby Lobby full-page newspaper advertisement July 4, 2016