If I may, as a novice Catholic theologian type…
“What is wrong with pagans?” They worship things made by human hands, which are therefore clearly not any sort of deity in which they believe for starters.
Second, any human being, at some point in life, has likely pondered an invisible force greater than themself. That force, which is transcendent, is God, or in some folks’ beliefs, one or more gods.
I would argue, as would St Thomas, that THE primary cause of all that is, is The Christian God. For questions, refer to The Summa Theologae by St Thomas Aquinas, if you dare. If not willing to throoughly explore possibilities such as this, then one is not seriously seeking to find any god, or God, but postulating theories for which there is no basis, IMO of course.
As for the founding fathers. Having just been to Mt Vernon on October 2, and having explored DC yet another time, I can not help, based on historical fact and the documents about which the question is posed, to believe that the founding Fathers believed in, and were referring to the Christian God. “Endowed by their Creator,” however, is very close to the Freemason thing where one can join while placing their hand upon whatever book they deem “holy,” whether the Bible, a Quran, or the Hindu writings, etc., not requiring belief in the Christian God to become a member, only to believe in a higher power.
That said, they, as every human now alive, must determine for themselves how to define “their Creator.” As a war veteran, I believe I fought for Americans’ right to make that determination for themselves, whether I agree or not. And if pagan, I do not. But, I would not persecute someone who calls themself pagan. I would attempt to logically disprove their theories and beliefs.
And btw, there was a Jewish man who died and was resurected from the dead. His followers went from being tortured and killed for those beliefs, to 400 years later having converted the “barbarians” to Christianity. That, my friends, was well before any “inquisition,” which things were instituted by secular governments and tempered by the Catholic Church, not endorsed or begun by it.
This being a firearms related forum, I do not expect theological debate. But I must do my due diligence when someone asks, “What is wrong with paganism?” It is inherently incorrect in theory and practice is what’s wrong with it.
Alternatively, consider that randomly asking such a question may result in replies such as this, and take it to a religious forum on another site? I don’t know.
I would like to add that, yes, we are endowed with certain unalienable rights. Those rights, in American law, are determined by the people. The ratification of them of the people, by the people, for the people.
Without laws, there can be no judge of law, nor can there therefore be justice, of humans.
An issue in our/my country, the USA, that must needs be resolved, is the ridiculous social theories, e.g., “woke,” and “critical race” theories. Those who postualated these are part of the generation who went through our public schools immediately following the removal of prayer from those schools, then the pledge of allegiance, the loss of teaching Revolutionary history which clearly shows private citizens who own guns freed themselves from a tyrant, etc…
Personally, I speak often to my elected officials. One of them I suggest retirement at least monthly due to his weak stance on the 2A along with the length of time of taxpaayer’s dollars he has spent in office.
We who know history, are dang well aware of how to avoid its mistakes being repeated. We must act accordingly.