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The Golden Verses Of The Stoic

Seneca and Epictetus refer to the Golden Verses of Pythagoras , which happens to provide a good framework for developing a daily routine, bookended by morning and evening contemplative practices. Zeno of Citium , who founded Stoicism in 301 BC, expressed his doctrines in notoriously terse arguments and concise maxims.  However, Chrysippus, the third head of the Stoic school, wrote over 700 books fleshing these ideas out and adding complex arguments to support them. 

The US Government is not founded on Christianity

This level of fabrication is more common than you might believe. There is a set of subjects which demonstrate several levels of fabrication and intended design. A major place of fabrication right now is quotations from the Founding Fathers, specifically, what they wrote or were quoted as saying about the Constitution -- and if the Constitution was based on Christian ideals and principles. 

I'm not going to get into an argument with anyone about this. A primary document says, with no ambiguity at all, written and signed by John Adams, 
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."
[Adams submitted and signed the Treaty of Tripoli, 1797]”
― John Adams, Thoughts On Government Applicable To The Present State Of The American Colonies.: Philadelphia, Printed By John Dunlap, M,Dcc,Lxxxvi

That document, written as a Treaty, which was then approved by congress, and signed by John Adams, still exists. We have the original, never been altered, document. That should be enough. Right? In case it is not let me point out this part of the Constitution of the United States as well:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."
(Article VI, Section II, United States Constitution)
The combination of these two primary documents create, as it says, the Law of the Land. So, legally, the United States, in word, and intent, is a secular government. That should be enough, yes? 

No. No it is not and the battle out there demanding that we are a Christian government, that we were founded by Christians, that the intent was Always Christian, that it was so Obvious that it was Christian that it simply didn't occur to them to explicitly say it was Christian -- as they didn't bother pointing out that the ocean was wet or the trees were green either -- so it is Christian. "One Nation, Under God!"

So, aside from the fact that the Pledge was altered in the 1950s by paranoid people afraid of Communists and Soviet Russia to say "Under God", and I really wish they would change it back -- that's just not true. There are mountains of primary documents from each of the founding fathers clearly stating they are not, and have not been Christian, or that religion was of little or no importance to them, or in the case of one, that he was Christian but fully understood what happens when Religion, any religion governs.