BAD RELIGION…Posted: March 16, 2011
The US Constitution is a secular document. It begins, “We the people” and contains no mention of “God” or “Christianity.” Its only references to religion are exclusionary, such as, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust” (Art. VI), and “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof’ (First Amendment). 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 (Art. II, sec. 1). If we are a Christian nation, why doesn’t our Constitution say so? In 1797, America made a treaty with Tripoli, declaring that “the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” This reassurance to Islam was written during Washington’s presidency, and approved by the Senate under John Adams.
Ignoring history, law, and fairness, fanatics are working vigorously to turn America into a Christian nation. Right wing Protestants and Catholics would impose their narrow morality on the rest of us, resisting women’s rights, freedom for religious minorities and unbelievers, gay and lesbian rights, and civil rights for all. History shows us that only harm comes of uniting church and state. America has NEVER been a Christian nation. We are a FREE nation.