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Skeptics of Tucson Message Board › AMERICA IS NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION


Robert L S.
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 19
Hey folks, I love this essay published on the conservative web site:


America is a Christian nation and it was founded on Christian
principles. This is the Big Lie that is constantly being uttered from
fundamentalist pulpits. This untruth has been repeated so often, that
most Christians believe that Jesus Christ was one of the Founding
Fathers of our great nation.

This was not true when America was founded more than two centuries ago,
and it's certainly not true today ;America is one of the most
religiously diverse nations on the planet. It's this ethnic, religious
and political diversity that's our greatest strength; religious
polarization can only weaken our union.

If fundamentalists lie about this important matter -- they shouldn't be
believed when they wax indignant on moral and spiritual matters.
America is not a Christian nation; abortion is not murder; feminists
are not witches; abstinence-only sex education does not work; SpongeBob
and Tinky Winky are not gay (not that there is anything wrong with
being homosexual); and George W. Bush does not have a direct line to
the Almighty.

Our nation was founded not on Christian principles but on Enlightenment
ideals.The intellectual leaders who created America believed that human
reason could be used to combat ignorance, superstition and tyranny ;
they had a natural animosity toward organized religion. It's not
surprising that God is only a footnote in the grand documents that are
the bedrock of our democracy.

The Constitution makes no mention whatever of any deity. In the
eighty-five essays that make up The Federalist Papers, the Supreme
Being is mentioned only twice. In the Declaration of Independence, the
Big Guy gets two brief nods: A reference to "the Laws of Nature and
Nature's God," and the often quoted line about men being "endowed by
their Creator with certain inalienable rights."

If the Founding Fathers were Christians and they wanted to establish a
Christian nation, then why didn't they mention Jesus Christ even once
in a document that they knew would be the cornerstone and foundation of
the emerging democracy? That's like Marx writing the "Communist
Manifesto" without mentioning "socialism".

The distinguished leaders of the American revolution were not devout
individuals, and they fought energetically to erect, in Thomas
Jefferson's immortal words, "a wall of separation between church and

If we define a Christian as a believer in the divinity of Jesus Christ,
then most of the leading lights of the American Revolution were not
Christians at all. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine
were deists -- they believed in one Supreme Being but rejected
revelation and all the supernatural elements of evangelical
Christianity. John Adams was a professed liberal Unitarian; in his
published writings he seemed more deist than Christian. In other words
if these gentlemen were alive today, they would be more at home in a
liberal Presbyterian congregation than at Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road
Baptist Church.

It's latter-day interlopers who have breached the wall of separation
between church and state. In God We Trust" did not appear on our
coinage until the Civil War, and "under God" was introduced into the
Pledge of Allegiance during the McCarthy hysteria in 1954.

If we really want to abide by the spirit of the Constitution and The
Declaration of Independence -- we will put an end to all this
foolishness about bringing back God into our public schools. Those who
imagine a Christian America would be paradise, would be well advised to
consider the theocracies of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan under
the Taliban.

Ironically, as our nation becomes less Christian and more religiously
diverse, evangelicals redouble their efforts to make America more

Everyone who loves democracy and freedom must fight the efforts of
fundamentalists to tear down the wall of separation between church and
state. Jesus Christ may reign supreme in evangelical churches, but He
should be kicked to the curb if He tries to scale the wall of
separation and enter the political arena.

America is not a Christian nation. America is not a Christian nation.
America is not a Christian nation. God, it feels good telling the
truth. I may be a "little voice crying in the wilderness", but with the
truth on my side, I will defeat a lie -- no matter how big.

Robert Paul Reyes

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