THE DAILY BEAST – We’re Not a Christian Nation

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Most Americans saluting the flag this Independence Day grew up being taught that the nation for which that flag stands is a constitutional democracy. As Lincoln put it, the United States was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. But a significant number of your fellow citizens have a very different vision as they hoist the flag. They were raised to believe—or have now been convinced—that our Founding Fathers gave us what they call a “Christian Nation.

On this July 4, 2013, we live in a country where our fellow citizens have a dazzling diversity of religious beliefs (and non-belief), and most of them do not present any threat to our democracy. But one influential strain of Christian fundamentalism, which insists most loudly that we are a “Christian Nation,” has a vision for America that is profoundly theocratic. So if you want to engage in a small but meaningful patriotic act this Independence Day, you might want to educate yourself about what the “Christian Nation” movement means, and what our country might look like if the “Christian Nation” vision were to be realized.

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  1. Bill

    “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

  2. Paul

    Bill, neither of those statements mention Jesus Christ.

  3. Fred Eaglesmith

    Everyone knows this is a Christian Nation except for those who refuse to accept it, or have been lied to and don’t do any research. Jesus is mentioned in the Constitution along with reference to observing The Lord’s Day (Sunday).

    Where is he mentioned? Right before the signatures which means EVERYONE who signed the Constitution considered Jesus as their “Lord”.

    Don’t believe me? What did the secular atheists do in France after the bloody revolution? They changed their calender system.

    Yes, the date of the Constitution PROVES without any doubt that the USA was started as, and still is legally a Christian Nation. The only thing left to do is educate our children as to the reality of our history and our dependence upon the divine providence of God. You know…..the God mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

    Oh…the DoI is not a legally binding document? Nonsense. The DoI is a proclamation to the world that we are a sovereign nation and that it is because of God’s natural laws that we can justify this independence.

    I used to think just like you until I started researching into the truth. So, thank you for your ignorance, because of your ignorance you will be helping to lead this nation into a third Great Awakening.

    Keep up the good work!

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