June 29, 2011

Is America a Secular Nation or Christian Nation?

Many groups tout that America is a secular nation. They claim that Separation of Church and State is a fundamental part of the First Amendment. They don't want Congress to make any law respecting the establishment of any religion. They would rather have any mention of any deity forbidden within the walls of our government. Their claim is that government can only be neutral if it is secular. But what does that mean?

  1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests.
  2. not pertaining to or connected with religion ( opposed to sacred): secular music.
  3. (of education, a school, etc.) concerned with nonreligious subjects.

Well, a secular government seems to support the ideals of 
Separation of Church and State... 
so it must be what we are.

The two ideals go hand in hand. But, Separation of Church and State was fabricated. We are not a secular nation. But, there are groups that want you to think so. They are pushing to have any reference to God/god removed from anything to do with local, state or federal government. From trying to remove the motto "In God We Trust" from our money and buildings, to trying to remove "Under God" from the pledge of Allegiance. They even want to change how we celebrate Christmas.

But, what they don't know, or choose to ignore, is that our great country was founded as a Theistic one. They won't stop to say that our forefathers did not wanted a purely secular government. If our forefathers did, then their wording of the Declaration of Independence wrong.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
Does this mean that America is a Christian nation? I wouldn't go as far as to say that. Jews, Mormons, Protestants, Catholics and others included, only 14% of Americans actively attend church. How then can anyone call it this a Christian nation? Those numbers beg to differ. 

If we are not a secular nation and we are not a Christian nation, what are we? 
We are a melting pot. 
We are a nation that supports the ideals of a Creator. 
We are a nation of diverse beliefs. 
We are a nation of religious freedom.

God bless America.