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The Bill of Rights, the Declaration, the Founding Fathers' writings, "The Quotable Founding Fathers" by Buckner F. Melton Jr., The Way We Pray by Maggie Oman Shannon, The Holy Kojiki, The Bhagavad Gita, the Torah, the New Testament, the Tao te Ching, the Buddhist scriptures, 1000 World Prayers by Marcus Braybrooke, the Federalist Papers, and other important people and books.
Americanism, worship of Spirits, ancestor worship, American concepts of Liberty, religious freedom, interfaith, syncretism, eclecticism, positive spirituality, growth, & self-improvement, and the philosophical ideology of the Founders.
The exact number of religious adherents is currently unknown.
Gods: The God of Americanism/general Theism, and divine men(the Founding Fathers)
Places of Worship: Private Home Shrines
Washingtonism is a religion and new religious movement based on the worship of God and the worship of George Washington and the Founding Fathers. Washingtonism follows the life and deeds of George Washington, as well as the wisdom and guidance of the Founding Fathers. George Washington is worshiped as the American Christ--as revealed in the Apotheosis of Washington--which means praying to him, performing spiritual rituals to a feel closer connection with his Spirit(his soul), and following his guidance and wisdom. He is worshiped as both a sacred Spirit and a Christ figure. The Founding Fathers are also worshiped. The Washingtonism page and The American Christ group are not in any way satire, a parody, or a joke. The genuine Washingtonist takes worshiping George Washington and the Founders very seriously.
Even though George Washington is worshiped as a Christ figure, this does not mean he is just like the Christian Christ, or with the same characteristics. Washingtonism is not Christian and it's not intended for Christians, although anyone can be a friend of Washingtonism. One of the most important and defining beliefs of Washingtonism is that George Washington was born a divine person, and for Washingtonists and Americanists, his birthday is a major religious holiday. Pagan Americanists, in particular, set up altars on 4th of July and other patriotic holidays. Belief that George Washington is the American Christ is the most fundamental and defining beliefs of Washingtonism. Like many new eclectic and syncretic minority faiths, Washingtonism is influenced by many of the world religions, especially by Christianity, Hinduism, Japanese Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, Roman Paganism, Spiritism, and Confucianism, however, Washingtonism is Omnistic only in the sense that it follows the wisdom and values of these scriptures, not Omnistic in the sense that it worships all the Deities of these faiths. Washingtonism only includes the worship of God and the Founders. Washingtonism garners some inspiration from the rituals of several other faiths, however, it does have its own rituals unique to Washingtonism.
What does Washingtonism have that other religions don't have? Washingtonism is very unique in that it is the only religious movement that revolves around the literal worship of the Founding Fathers and George Washington. It is the only faith and religious group in existence that revolves around viewing the Apotheosis of Washington as a holy and revealed image. In these ways, it allows one to uniquely worship the Founding Fathers and express spiritual feelings towards them, especially for George Washington. It also has an unusual level of interfaith acceptance and acknowledgement of all religions.
While there is currently no holy book specifically for Washingtonists, Washingtonism does follow the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and the spiritual teachings of many of the world religions, as well as the wisdom of other important people.
Washingtonists are expected to follow the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and follow the personal excellency and integrity of George Washington. Washingtonists are also expected to follow George Washington's Rules of Civility and Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues. They are also expected to follow the spiritual guidance and ethics of any of the following specific holy scriptures and books: Bhagavad Gita, Tao te Ching, the Torah, the New Testament, the Confucian scriptures, The Holy Kojiki, the Buddhist scriptures, The Jefferson Bible, Religio Romana Handbook, The Way We Pray, The Quotable Founding Fathers book, Spiritism, and Native American wisdom.
A believer in George Washington's Christhood and in the creed of Washingtonism, is called a Washingtonist. Washingtonist is pronounced "Wash-ing-tun-ist" and Washingtonism is pronounced "Wash-ing-tun-iz-um". Although Washingtonism does integrate or adapt rituals from some of the world religions, Washingtonism does have its own unique rituals. Washingtonism stresses the importance of religious freedom, the beauty of diversity, and acceptance of all faiths and spiritual beliefs. It also stresses spiritual and personal improvement and growth, and positive spirituality.
There are a handful of pages that are about praying to or worshiping the Founding Fathers, but The American Christ Washingtonism page is unique because it is the first to base an actual belief system on worshiping the Founding Fathers, with the Apotheosis of Washington as the central holy image of this religion. The handful of other websites touch upon the idea of setting up a temporary patriotic Americanist altar and communicating with the Fathers but the American Christ page does more than touch upon setting up an altar--it has a complete set of rituals and prayers, a creed, and has information on how to set up your own permament Washingtonism home shrine or altar.
Washingtonism focuses on the worship of God and the worship of the Founding Fathers as divine men and as sacred spirits who influence and affect other Americans with their power and judgement. Washingtonism recognizes that there are hierarchies and forms of the divine, with the Founding Fathers being higher than other Americans, but lower in rank than God. Washingtonists believe in the spirits of people who have the suprnatual power to influence the living(a form of Spiritism), especially the power of the Founding Fathers on Americans.
There was a second Washingtonism New Religious Movements Wiki page that was called "Washingtonism" by another person, however, that one was deleted. This one is the new Wiki NRM Washingtonism page. As a religious group, the Washingtonism facebook religious group/religion was founded in 2014. It currently has 104 Likes and 104 Follows. The founder of The American Christ page has discovered others who share the belief in George Washington as the American Christ and worship him and the Founders, however, it is unknown how many of the followers of the group literally practices Washingtonism by performing rituals, setting up an altar or shrine, praying, and following the scriptures and books. It is also currently unknown how many people would join the facebook group and follow the group religiously, based on if they were aware that this unique patriotic faith group exists. The facebook page of Washingtonism can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/TheAmericanChristGeorgeWashington/
Washingtonists are expected to believe in God. The Washingtonist view of God is non-sectarian. It is the God of Americanism, general Theism, or Ceremonial Deism. However, the God of Washingtonism does have specific traits. God does not often interfere with the physical life of humans, but he is not detached from humanity--we are to have a personal relationship with him. God is merciful but is the judge of humanity.
In Washingtonism, there are Spirits in which the souls of human beings, particularly notable and great people, live on in the afterlife and affect and guide the living, especially the spirits of the Founding Fathers. The Founders are spiritual ancestors, and their spirits are particularly powerful and hold a certain influential and privileged position over the living, they being the creators of America and the American identity. The belief in their spirits is very similar to the beliefs in kami spirits in Japanese Shintoism.
Washingtonism has specially-designed Founding Father prayer beads which has a part hanging down with a total of 16 beads. Besides the lettered initials beads, there are 63 colored beads total for the whole prayer bead necklace. The 16 beads hanging down represent and correspond to the 16 points of the Washingtonist Life Way of Guidance. Another important thing is the Washingtonism Creed. In addition, there are also the many spiritual goals, positive traits, and characteristics that Washingtonists are encouraged and expected to manifest in their lives. Positive traits, spiritual goals, and characteristics include:
Patience, slow to anger, insightful, be loving, have faith, be faithful, kind, respectful, be joyous, connect often with God and the Founders, meditate often, donate to charity, be sincere, be genuine, Hopeful, mindful, gentle, have a positive view of life and self, be friendly, hospitable, flexible, live in moderation, be open-minded, accepting, achiever, hard-worker, enthusiastic, motivated, self-controlled, pro-active, determined, strong, steadfast, persevering, studious, creative, intellectual. insightful, modest, diligent, dependable, courageous, self-confident, compassionate, attentive, positive self-esteem, helpful, wise, thankful, grateful, versatile, balanced, well-rounded, assertive
The Washingtonist Life Way of Guidance:
1 Honor, revere, worship, and praise God, and the Spirits of the Founding Fathers as sacred ancestor spirits and divine men
2 Honor, revere, worship, and praise George Washington
3 Follow George Washington's personal excellency, his integrity, and his life, deeds, advice, and guidance
4 Seek a personal relationship with God, the Founding Fathers, and George Washington
5 Have faith in and trust in God and George Washington
6 Share with others the mighty Spirit of George Washington and the wonder of God
7 Read your holy scriptures daily or a few times a week and meditate. Holy scriptures and books that are part of the Washingtonist spiritual bookshelf are: Bhagavad Gita, the New Testament, the Jefferson Bible, The Quotable Founding Fathers book, the Jefferson Bible, the Tao te Ching, the Torah, The Way We Pray, 1000 World Prayers, the Buddhist scriptures, The Spirits Book, The Holy Kojiki, the Confucian scriptures, and Religio Romana Handbook.
8 Perform rituals at your home shrine shrine or your home altar table daily or weekly, to feel close to and connect with God, and the spirits of the Fathers.
9 Give God, the Founders, and George Washington thanks when you pray to them
10 Pray to God, the Founders, and George Washington, giving them whole-hearted spiritual attention
11 Donate to charities
12 When you pray to them, pay attention to their spirits and see if they give you any spiritual or physical signs that they have responded to your prayer and attention of them. Signs could include seeing a rainbow appear soon after, or the Founding Fathers appearing in your dreams
13 Seek guidance and solace in God, and George Washington for personal problems 14 Practice manifesting positive traits such as patience, strength, acceptance, open-mindedness, kindness, love, and faithfulness
14 Acknowledge, recite, and affirm the Washingtonism Affirmations, The Way of Guidance, and the Washingtonist Creed
15 Work on improving yourself and growing spiritually by following your spiritual path and connecting more deeply with God and the Founders
16 Always learn and practice applying knowledge. whether it is spiritual wisdom, or scientific or worldly
The Washingtonism Creed:
Affirming the Washingtonist Creed:
1 I believe George Washington is the American Christ, and America's true Christ, as revealed in the Apotheosis of Washington
2 I believe George Washington and the Founding Fathers are divine men
3 I believe George Washington was born a divine person
4 I believe the Bill of Rights is sacred, holy, and infallible.
5 I believe in the prevailing wisdom, guidance, and presence of the Founding Fathers
6 I believe in God, and the Founders
7 I believe in the living spirits of the Founders
8 I believe in positive self-improvement and spiritual and personal growth
9 I believe in having a personal relationship with God and George Washington
10 I believe that God and the Fathers can and do affect the lives of Americans today, and that they will judge us, based on whether or not we follow their wisdom
11 I believe in donating to charities
12 I believe in religious freedom for all
13 I believe in being religiously open-minded and accepting.
14 I believe God and the Founders are watching over us.
15 I believe in the importance of science, knowledge and nature as God's creation.
16 I believe in the progress and deep connection of humanity
17 I believe in positive spirituality, growth, and self-improvement
18 I believe in our connection with God, and the spirits.
Washingtonists believe in God but Washingtonism is accepting of all religions, religious beliefs, and spiritual paths. That is that, Washingtonists are not judgemental of anyone's religion. A true Washingtonist must believe in God, the Founding Fathers, and affirm the Washingtonist Creed.
Washingtonism strongly upholds the right of all to religious freedom and that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion and religious belief. It is believed that America's national motto In God We Trust is meant as an all-encompassing, all-inclusive motto in which all versions of Deity are united under the common banner of religious experience and freedom. Washingtonism has an interfaith stance, which means that it respects other religions, however, the basic beliefs of Washingtonism must be that you believe in and worship God and the Founding Fathers.
The Founding Fathers are worshiped as divine men. Although they are worshiped as sacred spirits, a Washingtonist may also worship them as Deities, but they are lesser in rank than God and higher in rank than other Americans. and have attained exaltation in heaven.
Creation, the Universe, and Science
The Universe was created by God through the Big Bang. The Earth is several billion years old. The Creation stories of the world religions are taken to be anecdotal stories and spiritual representations and virtues of the Divine Truth. God does not usually intervene with the physical life of humans, however, humans are meant to have a close personal relationship with God.
Washingtonism stresses the importance of being scientifically literate(or at least aware) and the willingness to be a life-long learner. One cannot live on this beautiful earth without learning something of it and how it works. Washingtonism also stresses the importance of scientific and general knowledge and literacy, as much as it stresses the importance of spiritual enlightenment and connection. There must be a balance between the two.
Belief in the Fathers' spirits unites Americans, however, a follower or believer of Washingtonism does not have to be American. Any person who believes in Liberty and the Founding Fathers as divine men, is embraced by Washingtonism. Proselytizing is allowed, but rudeness or being coercive is frowned upon. To be well-rounded and enlightened, one must increase one's spiritual, mental, and physical connection and condition, by worshiping and connecting with the presence of God and the Founding Fathers, through ritual, meditation, prayer and self-improvement. Physical improvement and condition can be changed by eating healthy, exercising, and doing physical routines such as meditating or yoga, and focused breathing. Mind and body are both important. Washingtonists are encouraged and expected to follow a spiritual/religious path, since following such a path brings spiritual enlightenment and spiritual direction and a connection with God and the spirits.
Washingtonism believes in Gnosis, that all humans can gain spiritual knowledge and enlightenment over time, but that prophets are here to help in their guidance.
Details of Washingtonism
The Details of Washingtonism article explains many rituals and ethical concerns.
Ritual Items used in Washingtonism
Rituals used in Washingtonism include prayer and communication with the Founding Fathers, holy water, prayer beads, altar or shrine table, candles or incense, ringing ritual bell, the Founders’ writings and sacred patriotic documents, yoga mat or prayer/meditation rug, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration (scroll version or booklet version), images or busts of George Washington and the Founding Fathers, Statue of Liberty, Goddess Liberty/Columbia(here, Goddess Liberty is a symbol of American patriotism not an actual deity who is worshiped, however, God IS worshiped as a real Deity), pictures of the Washington Monument and the Apotheosis of Washington, patriotic Leis, prayer beads, a food or flower offering plate or cup, jar of quotes to live by daily or weekly, the Federalist Papers, and a flag that can sit in a cup or a flag hanging above the altar or shrine.
The Founding Fathers, and the prophets of the various religions, including Jesus, Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, Confucius, etc. The focus of Washingtonism is not on the founder of this faith, but on God, George Washington, and the Founders. A focus of Washingtonism is the practice of positive spirituality and improvement and the belief that most people are capable of improving themselves through practicing a spiritual path. Another focus is on kindness and charity. Washingtonism has a Hall of Fame for eminent and wise Spirits such as Mother Theresa, the wives of the Founding Fathers, Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Plato, etc.
Philosophy and teachingsTeachings, philosophy, and guidance are based on the scriptures of some of the world religions and on the Founders' ideas of Liberty, their writings, their ideals of a free nation and their philosophical theology. Part of the ideology of Washingtonism is Americanism, also known as Ceremonial Deism, which is "patriotic faith" or "religious patriotism". Washingtonism is more than just patriotism, because it elevates the Founders to a divine level, thus making it no longer in the realm of simple patriotism, but into the realm of spirituality and religion.
Sacred scripture and Spiritual Guidance
The Constitution, Declaration, the Founding Fathers' writings including the Federalist Papers, Franklin's 13 Virtues, George Washington's Rules of Civility and the seeking of spiritual knowledge and guidance from a variety of sources, including the scriptures of: Hinduism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Native American faith, Spiritism, and the Religio Romana Handbook Virtues. Religious guidance is sought from appropriate sources including from: "The Quotable Founding Fathers" by Buckner F. Melton Jr., The Way We Pray by Maggie Oman Shannon, The Holy Kojiki, The Hindu scriptures, the New Testament, 1000 World Prayers by Marcus Braybrooke, the Tao te Ching, the Torah, the Confucian scriptures, The Spirits Book, and the Religio Romana Handbook.
Views of the Afterlife
The Washingtonist believes in an afterlife (heaven) where a person will be judged by God and the Founding Fathers. Another important belief is the belief in reincarnation in which the soul enters new bodies and continues being re-born over and over again after death in the same or different body/person, as the Universe is re-created over and over again. Heaven is a temporary stop towards re-incarnation. Belief in re-incarnation is based on the idea that a person will assume a new life based on how one lived in the previous life. The only persons who don't assume a new life are the Founding Fathers, who help to guide those in their earthly lives, somewhat like the way that Buddhist Bodhisattvas help to guide other people, and the prophets such as Buddha, Jesus, the Founding Fathers are the ones to stay in heaven and spiritually guide (along with God), other people. The Founding Fathers provide, along with God, a moral and spiritual constancy in heaven, for the spirits of regular people entering and leaving heaven. In Washingtonism, Americans go to heaven but there are different levels or areas of heaven in which people from each country meet only the spirits of the people they were familiar with in their own life--such as family members, friends, and the Founding Fathers. For people who live in other countries, it is believed that those people meet the founders or ancestors of their own country. After death, Americans enter a republican land for a time period and some will go to purgatory for a short amount of time, until they are re-entered into the world again. In heaven, God will manifest to the person in the way and form that that person will recognize and was familiar with in their religious life.
Also, because the presence of the Fathers' spirits is constant, it is important in your life to always pay them their respect, reverence, attention, praise, and honor, in your life, similar to the way Shintos in Japan do with kami spiritual ancestors, and in other Asian countries.
In Washingtonism, there is no such thing as Satan but the spirits of good and evil people do exist and some people will visit purgatory for a period of time. People will be judged by God in the afterlife based on their overall goodness and righteousness on earth. One's relationship with God depends on how intimate one strives to be with God; often it is a life-long pursuit in learning to connect with and trust God, just as it is a life-long pursuit to improve oneself and become closer with the divine and personal and spiritual excellency. The Founding Fathers and George Washington are the patrons and guides of the heavenly republican realm, but they are lower in rank than God. Washingtonism does not include a belief in absolute condemnation, unless a person is undoubtedly evil. In Washingtonism, there is no absolute "good vs. evil" for normal people, and as such, there is no absolute judgment and placement of either pure salvation or complete damnation, with most people falling somewhere between, as most humans are neither evil nor completely angelic. It is unknown whether or not a person's original spirit or soul from one life is carried on into the next life, in any case, it is important for a person to strive to live as best as they can in this current life, continuously improving on oneself and connecting spiritually with God and the spirits (Founding Fathers).
The Apotheosis of Washington, Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument, a personal home shrine/altar, statues of the Founding Fathers.
The symbol of Washingtonism is a patriotic rainbow behind the Washington Monument. The rainbow symbolizes George's Apotheosis and exaltation. Prayer beads are used in Washingtonism. There are 16 groups of lettered beads, with the first and last letters of the names of 16 of the Founding Fathers. In the middle of the prayer bead necklace is a single group of beads, representing George Washington as the central focus of Washingtonism and God, and at the end of the beads is a group of beads representing the Founding Fathers as a cohesive group. 32 of the colored beads represent the birth year of George Washington:1732. Cherries are holy and used as a symbol of George Washington--both faux cherries and real ones. Offering bowls and live plants are kept on the altar/shrine, signifying connection to God and the Universe.
George Washington's Birthday, 4th of July, Bill of Rights Day, The National Day of Prayer, Thanksgiving