The revisionist version of America's history fails todiscern the distinction made by the Founders betweenreligious tolerance on the one hand, and their firm beliefin the priority of the Christian religion on the other. Thesanitized version of America's history that prevails intoday's culture confuses religious tolerance with pluralismand the leveling of all religions. It fails to discern theFounders' firm belief in the priority of the Christianreligion. The phrase 'separation of church and state' is noteven found in the Constitution! The Founders believed thatthe general doctrines of the Christian religion were thebasis of the American way of life. To the extent our nationexpels God, the Bible, and Christian principles from publiclife, to that extent we will degenerate into civil disorder,lose our freedoms, and earn the disfavor of God Almighty.'[O]ur citizens should early understand that the genuinesource of correct republican principles is the Bible,particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion....[T]he religion which has introduced civil liberty, is thereligion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility,piety, and benevolence; which acknowledged in every person abrother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. Thisis genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our freeconstitutions of government....' (Noah Webster, History ofthe United States , pp. v, 274).