We were Never a Christian nation -- except to the extent that all the different Christian sects were at each other's throats fighting one another over bitter sectarian disagreements throughout the Colonial period.
By the time we formed a new nation, our Founding Fathers had had enough of all these divisive religious battles among the various Christian denominations. That is why our Bill of Rights, from the inception of the USA, provided for religious freedom and separation of church and state -- for the benefit of all.
President Obama is a Constitutional scholar who knows what he's talking about.
What is Newt Gingrich -- an ideological Right-Wing Windbag? Newt is dead wrong when he says that the United States was "founded as a Christian nation".
John Adams may indeed have said: "Our Constitution was made for a Moral and Religious people." However, "Moral" and "Religious" do not necessarily go hand in hand. In fact, they are often quite the opposite.
In the early twentieth century, there was a very popular American song, entitled: "But He Goes to Church on Sunday". The song then went on to spell out what he did on the other six days of the week.
That songwriter understood full well that "Moral" and "Religious" can be far from the same thing. His huge audience, too, was fully aware of the difference.
Newt Gingrich may believe that atheists and agnostics cannot be "Moral." However, Newt Gingrich is no John Adams.
I'd love to see Newt Gingrich run against Obama in 2012. Newt would get even less votes than Sarah Palin would.