On the 4th of July, Hobby Lobby took out ads in newspapers around the country with the usual laundry list of “quotes” from various founding fathers to prove that America was a Christian nation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation now has an interactive reply to that, looking at each quote and what it actually means in context.
Of particular interest to me is this quote from Alexis de Tocqueville:
The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.
But it turns out that this is almost certainly a mistranslation from French to English. Indeed, Tocqueville himself criticized that translation of his book. It is likely that Tocqueville meant pretty much the exact opposite, that Americans confuse Christianity and liberty: