Christian nation VS predominantly christian nation

Posted on March 13, 2012

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I come from a religiously diverse family. My grandparents were orthodox jews, my mother more of a diest, aunts and uncles of all branches of judaism(reform, conservative, orthodox & hassidic), my sister and her children christians and of course my muslim self lol. Coming from a diverse background I grew up respecting other religions. In fact, I was more interested in studying other religions than my own judaism! After learning about Islam my mother came around and she feels islam is a great religion, its just not for her (im still spreading the dawah to her 😉 ). My sister on the other hand…well its interesting to say the least.

She is a raging bible thumper. She spends her time critizing islam and judaism instead of looking at herself and fixing her own hypocrisy. Well, yesterday she was on the phone with my mom screaming and hollering (because she cant TALK to a person. & Im not exaggerating) about obama being the anti-christ and bringing in the muslim mahdi who is against jesus. So I got to talking to her and she screaming at me until I was about to hang up because she doesnt LISTEN, that is, until she said something that piched my interest.

She said this is a christian nation.

I tried explaining the differnce between a christian nation and a predominantly christian nation but it was not clicking for her.

We are governed by a wonderful document called the Constitution, which is a secular document. It begins with “We the people” and contains no mention of God or Christianity. Its only references to religion are exclusionary ones.  In fact, Article VI specifically states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust.

We are all familiar with the First Amendment, which stats “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The presidential oath of office, the only oath detailed in the Constitution, does not contain the phrase “so help me God” or any requirement to swear on a bible.

So, if we are a Christian nation, then why doesn’t our Constitution say so?

Article 11 of the 1797 Treaty with Tripoli declares that “the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” This was written under Washington’s presidency, and approved by the Senate under John Adams.

Many supporters of the “Christian Nation” myth quote the Declaration of Independence.  What many of them fail to realize is that we are not governed by the Declaration of Independence. Its sole purpose was to “dissolve the political bands,” not to set up a religious nation. Its authority is based on the idea that “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” which is contrary to the biblical concept of Theocracy.

As well, the spiritual references in the Declaration do not endorse Christianity. Thomas Jefferson, its author, was a Deist, and vehemently opposed to orthodox Christianity and the supernatural.  You can Google that if you doubt it.

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION!!!

But we are a predominantly christian nation. One quick look at a breakdown of religions in the US will prove that.

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But there is a major difference between the majority of the people in the united states being christians and the united states government being run according to christian theology (a christian nation). The fact is, when created laws for the US the government is not(or atrleast SHOULD not be) looking at the bible for guidence. I dont care if everyone of our founding fathers were christians, which they were not, that was their personal beliefs and not the beliefs of the united states government.

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