The "creator" is mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution: two very different documents. It would be hard to be more generic that to use the term "creator" -- not God, not deity, not Allah. Jefferson was generally a deist, but probably had a concept of creation that was closer to Darwin than to Genesis. Among his many accomplishments was that he was one of America's earliest paleontologists and his collection of fossils may still be seen in museums today. The Declaration of independence was a call to arms. The Constitution was the legal foundation for a secular state. The only mention of religion in the Constitution is the prohibition on government "respecting" any establishment of religion or restricting any practice of religion. The only mention of "god" is in the dating of the document.
Originally Posted by ducknwork
The Presidential oath reads:
Originally Posted by Gerry Clinchy
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.Many Presidents have added the words "So help me God", and almost all have used a Bible in the swearing in ceremony. John Quincy Adams, a Unitarian, swore his oath on a book of laws. Personally, I would rather see Presidents swear on a copy of the Constitution. I agree, and stated in my post, that the separation between the business of government and the business of religion was not a product of lack of belief in God. Virtually all of our founding fathers were theists of one form or another. However, their beliefs covered a wide spectrum, including. They had no interest in seeing government become part of religion, and believed that the way to avoid that was to prevent religion from becoming part of government. That was the context for Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists where the expression "separation of church and state" was first articulated in that form.