You are correct in that Geography influenced the early founders just as geography influenced Lao Tsu or Marx or Socrates. I wasnt arguing why the influence was there only that it was there, nor was I debating the nature of belief as a concept. I too think that many of the founders were qualified deists with their own persoanl agendas. Washington stood to lose vast tracts of land in the wilderness if the british had their way; He wanted to go to war to keep what was his. How very selfish of him... Of course the very best deist has no wualms stating that something was the will of God when it suits their needs, as did they on numerous occasions. Thats why the best we can do is see what they did and read in thier own words the reason why they did it and useing both methods reconstruct the real reasons behind their actions.
***When it's all said and done, the theocracy thumpers in the U.S. don't care about anything but themselves (and their fellow "believers").***
I would urge caution when saying such broad statements as that. Everyone has an agenda, even you and I so we should all be very careful whom we lump into what group. You never know where your next ally may come from.