Monday, April 9, 2018
There Are Christians In America, But This Is Not A Christian Nation
"A majority of the American people (51 percent) believes that the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released last month by the First Amendment Center.
Because language about a Christian America has long been a staple of Religious Right rhetoric, it’s not surprising that acceptance of this patently false interpretation of the Constitution is strongest among evangelicals (71 percent) and conservatives (67 percent)."(1).
For the record, I am a Christian. But to be honest, I am sick and tired of hearing how this nation was built on Judaeo-Christian principles when many of the so-called founders weren't Christians, at all. So, let's take a look at the early founder's goal to establish a secular country; one where no one religion or lack thereof would dominate any other religious belief, which in part makes America different from other nations in that we are free to hold respectful religious opinions/differences without the threat of imprisonment from doing so.
Once any established religion bounds people, their religious freedom goes out the window, although some will swear to God America is a Christian nation, politely agree to disagree with them. Now, this doesn't shut down the conversation it simply de-escalates passionate reaction on the part of both people. Many say the laws in this country derive from Biblical principle. Keep in mind many of the laws carried to America derive from Britain. However, some laws; especially, dealing with religious beliefs and personal equality were ratified.
1). Charles C. Haynes. (7 August 2013). Dispelling the myth of a ‘Christian nation.' Faith Street.
2). Vetwife. (18 March 2013). America was NOT founded on Christianity. Daily Kos.