The Declaration of Independence-What Does it Really Say?

Religious extremists point to the Declaration of Independence as evidence that the United States was founded as a "christian" nation. This conclusion is based on the following sentences:

The Declaration uses the words "colonies" and "states" interchangeably throughout.

There is no indication in the Declaration of Independence of any intention to support the christian religion. It consists, for the most part, of a detailed description of the tyrannical actions imposed by King George III.

The Declaration is not, and was never intended to be, the basis of our government. Our government was not formed until 13 years later when the Constitution was ratified and became effective in 1789. But religious extremists ignore the Constitution because it does not mention God or christianity, and makes it plain that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.