A bit of a rant today.
Can people stop proclaiming we live in a christian nation already? Our money does not say, "In Christ we trust". Many people I know that claim to believe in Christ don't even follow many of his teachings. Sure many people in this country call themselves "Christians", but at the same time claim that other people saying the same thing aren't. We aren't a country founded on Christian principles.
Even John McCain said, "I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation." I'm sure glad he didn't make it to be the president, although he wouldn't have been the first president to feel that way. Where are these people when they're teaching kids about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, history in general? The First Congress wrote the Bill of Rights in 1789, and one of the main objectives was first and foremost religious freedom. It is, after all, the very first freedom listed in the Bill of Rights, freedom of religion. We fled one country to start our own, because we were fleeing religious persecution. Our forefathers were working to make sure that never happened again. Seperation of church and state, and many other ideals were put in place. There is even a clause banning any requirement of religious affiliation in order to run for or accept any public office.
In 1797, the United States ratified a series of treaties with representatives of the Muslim world. The Treaty of Tripoli, the United States Congress affirmed "the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." It sure seems we already knew this stuff back in the day, doesn't it?
Which version of Christ would we use to form this "Christian States of America"? Imagine telling the Baptists and Pentecosts that you've chosen we all worship the Mormon version of Christianity. Or how about telling the Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians, that they all now follow the Evangelical version. We'd have a "holy civil war" that would make the crusades look like a field day. What would our army be then, some sort of holy soldiers? We no longer go into a country (like the middle east) to help remove a dictator and establish democracy, we go there to cleanse the people, and bring them religion....I think I've read about this before...hmm.
There may be a lot of "christians" in this country, but there's a lot of everything else too. Pagans, Wiccans, Budhists, Taoists, Hindus, Jews, and dozens of others. We all have a right to be here. A right given to us by the Constitution.
If you made it this far, I'd love to hear your comments! :)