Written on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 by David L. Goetsch
Early in his presidency, Barack Obama stated in a speech in Saudi Arabia that not only is America not a Christian nation, it is one of the largest Muslim nations in the world. In making this incredible claim, the President exhibited either monumental ignorance of America’s history or, more likely, an agenda he hopes to advance during his time in the White House. Are all Americans Christians? No, far from it. Are there a lot of people in America who subscribe to the religion of Islam? Yes there are, just as there are a lot of Americans who subscribe to Buddhism, Hinduism, atheism, and secular humanism.
After living with mandatory state-supported religion in Europe, America’s Founders wanted to ensure that people were free to practice the religion of their choice or to practice no religion at all, unencumbered in either case by the government. Consequently, the drafters of the Constitution added the First Amendment ensuring that America would be a nation that tolerates all religions, as well as the absence of religion.
How then can I claim that America is a Christian nation, particularly when the President of the United States and the American left are so adamant in denying this claim? How can I claim that America is a Christian nation when so much of what you read in the daily newspaper or see on the nightly news is so anti-Christian in nature? How can I claim that America is a Christian nation when secular humanists have taken over the nation’s schools, colleges, and universities and turned them into anti-Christian indoctrination centers? How can I claim that America is a Christian nation when the entertainment industry has become a moral cesspool that turns out a steady stream of anti-Christian filth?
The answer to these questions is simple. In spite of what you see on television and observe in the world around you, I can claim that America is a Christian nation because—unlike the president and his fellow liberals—I study our nation’s history and refuse to deny the facts that are readily available to anyone who wants to know the truth. What is this truth? It is that America is a Christian nation because it was founded on and shaped by Christian principles. Those principles still prevail in American society in spite of the persistent efforts of secular humanists to undermine them.
It matters not how many Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, and secular humanists reside in America, the idea of America—the heart and soul of our country—was based on the principles of Christianity. There is not one aspect of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution that is grounded in the principles of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, atheism, or secular humanism. This fact is documented so clearly in the historical record that secular humanists who want to deny it have found it necessary to become revisionist historians. As such they are distorting America’s history and indoctrinating school children in an attempt to inaccurately recast the United States in the non-Christian image they prefer.
The next time a liberal tells you America is not a Christian nation, ask him what is meant by the phrase “…endowed by our creator” in the Declaration of Independence, a document that clearly states that our rights come from God. The Declaration of Independence is so obviously based on Christian principles that liberals have found it necessary to renounce it as a founding document. Rather, they refer to what they call the “Godless” Constitution—Godless because it contains none of the open references to God contained in the Declaration. But this is just another example of leftwing deception because Biblical principles can be found throughout the Constitution by anyone who is not predisposed to ignore them.
After the Constitution was ratified, Alexander Hamilton wrote: “For my part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.” Since space is limited, I will leave it to Theodore Roosevelt to conclude my argument. He said: “The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and intertwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure for ourselves what life would be if the teachings were removed.”