Why America is not really a “Christian Nation”
Somewhere between 1776 and today, the Church managed to cement the errant notion that America is a “Christian nation” in the hearts, minds, and legislation of many States within the Union.
Quite a number of laws, ordinances, and even civil policies passed by our great great grand parents’ generations have been overturned or abolished by the courts—not because of Satan—but because of a legal doctrine known as the “Separation of Church and State”.
The issues surrounding the Separation of Church and State are deep, they are numerous, and of course, fraught with controversy as the Church attempts to continue to try to cement their religious dogma into federal, state, and even local legislation.
In a nutshell, the Separation of Church and State is legal construct created by the US Constitution’s First Amendment which states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
Thomas Jefferson appears to have been the first to coin the phrase “Separation of Church and State” in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut. It seems that the Church in this instance did not agree with Jefferson’s political actions and attempted to use Christian dogma as the means of chastising the statesman into submission of their Christian views.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. …”
What Jefferson established was basically a foundation for the First Amendment to take root.
It seems that most people, most Christian people that is, read the First Amendment without really understanding that the Separation of Church and State has…