I know there will probably be lots of disagreements with what I am about to say concerning the First amendment of the Bill of Rights, but I will just go ahead in say it: I don't think the founding fathers of the United states wanted the individual to decided whether s(he) wants to choose or reject a religion, I think that power was implicitly granted to the US states. Here is what the first amendment of the Bill of Rights from the US constitution says: source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_Rights#Amendments Notice the quote doesn't say anything about what states or local governments are and are not allow about laws concerning the creation of laws related to religion. It only says governments are not allow to create laws related to religion, on the federal level. I think the founding fathers didn't want the federal government to create one federal religion for the country to follow. Here what the 10th amendment says concerning the power of the US states http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_Rights#Amendments Laws not explicitly writen in the US constitution were left to the US states. So what do you think? Do you think the founding fathers intentional gave the US states power to create a state religion or not to create a state religion for each US state?