On July 4, 1837, the 61st anniversary of American independence, John Quincy Adams offered his perspective of that great historical turning-point during a celebration at Newburyport, Massachusetts:
"Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, our most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day, the 4th of July? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubley linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized our nation's social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government and freedom sirmly and surely upon the first precepts of Christianity?"
Alas, under our current officially-Atheist regime, as imposed by the Supreme Court of the United States, such pronouncements would not simply be deemed politically incorrect, they would be in direct violation of the conveniently-invented, newly-minted, and oddly-ahistorical notion of "the separation of church and state."