Originally Posted by Easyrider
You play fast and loose with what a deist is. A deist in 1776 was one who believed in a God who did not involve himself in the affairs of men and / or nations, and who did not give divine revelation to man (ala the Bible).
Most of the people you mentioned don't fit that description, as they have quotations on record that show they believe in a God who either involves himself in the affairs of men and / or nations, and/or who gives divine revelation to man (ala the Bible).
"Deism was an early attempt to reconcile the mechanistic world-view arising from experimental science with religion. Deists believed in a remote sort of clockmaker-God who created the universe but then refrained from meddling in it afterwards. Deists explicitly rejected faith, revelation, religious doctrine, religious authority, and all existing religions. They held that humans could know the mind of God only through the study of nature; in many versions of Deist thinking, the mind of God was explicitly identified with the laws of nature."
Deism and the Founding Fathers
I have examples from Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson, and others that demonstrate just what I'm talking about. For instance, Jefferson did believe God involved himself in the affairs of men and nations.
In addition, Dr. M. E. Bradford of the University of Dallas conducted a study on the religious beliefs of the Founding Founders. He discovered the Founders were members of denominations as follows: twenty-eight Episcopalians, eight Presbyterians, seven Congregationalists, two Lutherans, two Dutch Reformed, two Methodists, two Roman Catholics, and three deists.
So you're out of touch with reality and yes, Rafi the Mouth lied again.