It's that time of year and it's a good time to reflect on some of the interesting facts on the religious views of our past presidents.
Many on both sides of the political spectrum like to use the dead to serve the political ends of the living, but the truth is often more interesting than legend.
Some quick tidbits:
George Washington outlawed the practice of burning an effigy of the pope on Guy Fawkes day when he was trying to build support of his revolution among French Catholics in the north and Canadian territories.
John Adams was a Unitarian, a religion that even now is considered a sort of Hollywood type church. He was originally going to be a preacher, but left to pursue the practice of law which he believed was a higher calling.
Thomas Jefferson considered Jesus to be the greatest philosopher of all time, but rejected his divinity and miracles. He went as far as creating his own rational bible in which he blacked out all the miracles and had the gospels end with the stone being rolled in front of Jesus' tomb.
James Polk's father was a deist and much of his views on religious tolerance were formed when his minister refused to baptize him unless his father converted.
Andrew Jackson was heavily influenced by Old Testament teachings and would frequently refer to enemies as worshipers of Baal or Mammon.
20% (11) of the US Presidents were Episcopalian even though they only comprise 1.7% of the current US Population.
Christmas was not even a national holiday in the United States until Ulysses S. Grant declared it as such in 1870.
With that in mind- remember that history is never as clear cut as you think!