It’s Pat Robertson’s turn to play a game of Wingnut Madlibs, throwing everyone he disagrees with into one incoherent paragraph in which he claims, “This nonsense about separation of church and state has gotten way, way beyond the bounds of what the Founders of our Constitution thought. We’re under assault by militant Islamists, militant atheists, secularists, those who want to destroy all of the fabric of faith in our society.”
Hmmm. We’ve certainly gone beyond the bounds of the religion clauses of the First Amendment according to James Madison, but not in the way that Robertson imagines. Madison argued that congressional and military chaplaincies violated the Establishment Clause, as did any declaration of prayer or thanksgiving, no matter how broadly worded or advisory it might be. Thomas Jefferson agreed with the last part, though he did not weigh in on the question of chaplaincies.
Other founders disagreed, of course, which is why merely invoking “the founders” as a group is a bit silly. It’s not as if they agreed on how to interpret the Constitution, especially the religion clauses. But for the Christian right, every founder was exactly like them.