Patrick Henry never said the nation was founded "on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
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According to Mark Jorritsma who runs the North Dakota chapter of Family Policy Alliance (Focus on the Family’s political wing):

As Patrick Henry so eloquently put it, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

Patrick Henry never said anything like that. Henry was a devout Christian. However, this bit of fakery is perhaps the result of a Facebook post:

  1. The quote is actually from a 1956 magazine article. Even David Barton corrected the record (after serious criticism, of course).
  2. Patrick Henry did not ratify the Constitution (as stated in the Facebook post). Henry was fiercely opposed to ratification and never attended the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

By David Cary Hart

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