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2010-02-11 7:30 PM
Not a Christian Nation
Once again it is time to revisit the idea that the United States is NOT a Christian Nation. It was NOT founded as a Christian Nation and it is NOT a Christian Nation today.
Joseph shared an article entitled "How Christian Were the Founders?" which is all about the struggle within the Texas educational system to rewrite the curricula with a Christian interpretation. Apparently Texas has an incredibly powerful effect on textbooks and curricula across the country, the article mentions that 47 or 48 of the States base their standards and textbook recommendations on the choices of Texas. So, let's review:
Bill of Rights
1. Freedom of Speech, Press, Assembly, Redress and Religion.
Freedom of Speech, Press, Assembly and Redress... none of these are religious in nature, nor are they Christian in nature. Prohibiting a State religion and prohibiting the practice of religion is certainly NOT a Christian belief. Christians consider other religions to be false and/or inferior and would prefer no other religions to be exercised. They believe that salvation is found in Christ only.
2. Bear arms and maintain a Militia
3. No quartering soldiers in your home
4. Protection against unreasonable search and seizure
5. Jury trials for capital offenses, no double jeopardy, no self-incrimination
6. Speedy and public trial
7. Jury trials for matters over $20
8. No Cruel or Unusual punishment
9. Protection of rights not specifically mentioned
10. Powers not held by the Federal govt remain in the hands of the States
Including the above 10 initial Amendments to the Constitution, there is NOT A SINGLE mention of God. The ONE reference to Religion outside of the First Amendment is in Article VI which states that no religious test shall be required to hold Office! Reinforcing the separation of Church and State described by Thomas Jefferson.
Treaty of Tripoli
The Barbary Pirates were Muslim pirates that preyed on US merchant ships. The government supported pirates considered themselves to be at war with any country that had not signed a Treaty and paid a sum of money. The existence of the US Navy exists primarily to defend our merchant ships from these Muslim pirates.
The Treaty was signed merely 20 years after the founding of the US. Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli states:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,--as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,--and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
In God We Trust
Many people look to our currency as proof of a Christian (or religious founding). The problem with that logic is that our currency didn't have any mention of God until nearly 100 years later when all of the Founding Fathers were dead. According to Wikipedia, it was a rise in Christian fervor during the Civil War.
This has been challenged in the Supreme Court as a violation of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment. Their ruling which allowed the continued use of the phrase stated that the phrase had "lost through rote repetition any significant religious content." Essentially that placing the concept of God on your money had completely devalued the concept in every religious way.
Pledge of Allegiance
Some of the more ignorant people in the argument try to claim the Pledge of Allegiance as proof that we were founded as a Christian Nation. The "under God" section of the Pledge was added in 1954, short of 200 years after the founding of the country.
The United States of America is NOT a Christian Nation. Our Founding documents are not Christian in Nature or language. Our Laws are not Christian in nature or language. The Founding ideals of our country were based in the European Enlightenment as well as specifically a response to the violations the colonies endured from the English King.
Get over it.
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