Having recently entered into an argument with a Republican who, as many do, claimed that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, I did a little research, and found these quotes on religion from Thomas Jefferson, who I believe was a Diest. One of the quotes dispels the notion that Christianity is a part of common law. Enjoy.
On his tolerance for other religions, Thomas Jefferson to Miles King, September 26, 1814:
“....our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to our god alone. I enquire after no man's and trouble none with mine; nor is it given to us in this life to know whether yours or mine, our friend's or our foe's, are exactly the right.”
On Christianity as related to the Common Law, The Works of Thomas Jefferson in Twelve Volumes, 1904, Vol. 1, Whether Christianity is Part of the Common Law, p. 459:
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law.”
Again, on Christianity, this time on its lack of tolerance for other religions. Notes on Religion (October, 1776). Published in The Works of Thomas Jefferson in Twelve Volumes, Federal Edition, Paul Leicester Ford, ed., New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904, Vol. 2, pp. 267:
“Why have Christians been distinguished above all people who have ever lived, for persecutions? Is it because it is the genius of their religion? No, its genius is the reverse. It is the refusing toleration to those of a different opinion which has produced all the bustles and wars on account of religion. It was the misfortune of mankind that during the darker centuries the Christian priests following their ambition and avarice combining with the magistrate to divide the spoils of the people, could establish the notion that schismatics might be ousted of their possessions & destroyed. This notion we have not yet cleared ourselves from.”