The first general convention of the Episcopal Church, in 1786, proposed that the Church in the U.S. keep an annual holy day, on the fourth of July, in thanksgiving for the success of our Revolution. (The majority of the delegates would have been Revolutionary War veterans, since the Tories had already left for Canada, and the majority of non-Tories had served the war effort in one way or another.) The Fourth, like Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, gradually was divorced from its original religious purpose, and became a "secular holiday." As an embedded Bible reading for the new holy day, they prescribed Deuteronomy 8, which should pretty much settle the question as to how they felt. No doubt, many will be offended at this reply, affirming that deism/Epicureanism was a major religion among the Revolutionaries (not true), that they wronged the Indians (true), etc. etc. But it does tell you where one group of Revolutionaries thought their freedom came from. I think they were clearly correct.
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