Jul 19 2006

Christian Nation?

Published by at 7:27 pm under General

An assertion that is often heard in current discussions of the role of religion and politics in the U.S. annoys me no end, and I believe it is patently false. The statements refer to the U.S. as originally being created as a “Christian Nation” founded by Christians with the implication that we’ve lost the way by separating church and state. The half true part of such assertions is that the founders were generally if not always Christians. However, What they founded was not a “Christian Nation” but an intentionally limited, secular government in which any form of personal religion was to be tolerated. Based on their experiences the founders rightly did not trust any government, and particularly did not trust any government to establish a religion for its citizens. Just the opposite; political and religious diversity and dissent were to be protected against government interference.

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