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6 years ago  ::  Sep 13, 2012 - 7:31PM #131
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The USA does not rule the world, as much as some of its people think it ought to.

The USA does not determine world policy, though it does have a say in it.

The USA is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-faith country whose government and laws are secular. It was founded in its current form primarily by Christians who agreed to form it with a secular government and secular laws, where the church would not run the government and the government would not run the church.

It is this secular government that has allowed religion and non-religion tom flourish, and for people of different religions to live side-by-side in relative peace and harmony.

The current push towards a theocracy, whether in actuality or de facto, should disturb all Americans regardless of their religion. No one will benefit by a theocratic America, including those of whatever sect or flavor of religion (likely some variant of fundamentalist evangelical Christianity) happens to become the state religion. Theocracy would destroy the USA. Becoming a "Christian Nation" would destroy the USA.

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6 years ago  ::  Sep 14, 2012 - 3:20PM #132
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1. The majority of Americans (76% to 80%) identify themselves as Christians*

2. The top five religious affliliations in the 111th Congress were Roman Catholic (30.1%), Baptist (12.4%), Methodist (10.7%), Jewish (8.4%), and Presbyterian (8.1%).[1] Protestant denominations have held a large majority throughout congressional history, reflecting American's traditional demographics**

3. Almost all of the presidents can be characterized as Christian, at least by formal membership. Some were Unitarian or unaffiliated with a specific religious body. Some are thought to have been deists, or irreligious. No president thus far has been an atheist, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Sikh or an adherent of any specifically non-Christian religion.***

We have religous freedom in the USA. The majoirity use this freedom to be christians.

We are a Christian nation by numbers alone. 




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6 years ago  ::  Sep 15, 2012 - 8:32AM #133
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Sep 14, 2012 -- 3:20PM, Vistronic wrote:

We have religous freedom in the USA. The majoirity use this freedom to be christians.

We are a Christian nation by numbers alone. 

We are a nation of Christians by the numbers.

By law we are a secular republic.

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6 years ago  ::  Oct 18, 2012 - 1:30AM #134
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     When did this unique new United States concept of "Separation of Church and State" first appear in the landscape of United States' politics or law?

       There was a founding father, Thomas Jefferson, who espoused this ideal first in an 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association? There were, indeed, several other oblique or more direct references to the ideal that no religion would be endorsed or otherwise promoted by the government including the Establishment Clause and the First Amendment.

        The United States has always been a melding of diverse religious foundations from the Puritan, Quaker, and Catholic to the Mormon, Native American, Amish, Atheist and Baptists. The ideal of "Separation of Church and State" first weasled into the public through the United States Courts and specifically in a Supreme Court decision Reynolds v United States, (1847) where Thomas Jefferson was cited as an authority based on his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association.

The United States has NEVER been a Christian nation though this brand of religion has always been the majority.

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6 years ago  ::  Nov 08, 2012 - 12:20PM #135
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The us was founded on Deist principles! The founding fathers were well aware of the evils of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe and made every effort not to favor any one religion.

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6 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2012 - 4:43PM #136
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A lot of this depends on definitions.  What is a nation?  Is it the formal government or the people who live under its rule?

To be sure, the people who came to America (and took this land from the Indians) were Christians.  The vast majority of them were baptized as infants and raised in a Europe where to not be a Christian was to be subject to severe persecution.  In fact, some of these "Christians" came to America to get away from Europe, where a person's faith was decided by the society into which they grew up.  If the king was Catholic, you had better be one, too.  If the king was Protestant, all Catholics would be advised to keep moving.  Even among Protestants, there were consequences for belonging to the "wrong" Protestant community - whether we're talking about Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians or Quakers.

The government, itself, was never designed to be particularly "Christian."  Other than some Deistic references to "Nature's God" and the "Creator" in the Declaration of Independence, and a lone reference in the Constitution to the date of ratification as being "in the year of our Lord" 1787, neither founding document had anything religious to say.  The Declaration of Independence justified the colonial rebellion on the Lockean basis that men have rights, that governments were instituted to protect those rights and that a government which failed to do so, and lost the consent of the governed, deserved dissolution.  

Thomas Hobbes' original conception of "the social contract" came about in a day when kings rules by "divine right," which each king claiming to be the latest descendant of Adam, who was given "dominion" over the Earth in Genesis.  Hobbes' "social contract" imagined an implied agreement between the rulers and the ruled.  Rulers didn't just have the "right" to rule, but the responsibility that comes with it.  Locke's version of the social contract argued that men had rights, logically prior to society, that were not gifts or privileges of society.  Society, instead, was formed by men as a means of securing those rights.  In responding to the "divine rights of kings" crowd, Locke used Deitist language to argue for the divine rights of men.  It was tit for tat.  If you tell me God set kings up to rule men, I come reply that men have rights from God that kings are bound to protect.

Locke's Second Treatise of Government was used as the justification for the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the English version of the American Revolution.  A generation before the Framers, English Protestants had refused to follow a Catholic King James II.  They justified their rebellion on the basis of  natural rights the king was accused of violating.  It set a precedent that Adams and Jefferson picked up on when their committee drafted the Declaration of Independence.  While the first part of that document explains the legalistic rationale for the American Revolution, the rest of it explains, in detail, why the colonists felt their rights had been violated to a point justifying dissolution of the political bonds between them.

The Declaration was not a philosophical treatise on either the existence of God or the messiahship of Jesus.  It certainly was not a declaration that America was to be a "Christian nation."

The Constitution set up a form of government designed to balance power, between the states and the national government as well as between the various branches of government.  It gave the U.S. more power than it had under the Articles of Confederation but it limited power through the specific delegation of powers.  Like the Declaration, it had nothing to do with theology.  It did not set up a "Christian nation."

Identifying the cultural background of the Framers - or of any of the Europeans peoples who settled in America over the century or so prior to the Revolution - is worthwhile in terms of understanding the nation's history.  It does not, however, justify the attempt to turn America into some kind of theocracy.  America was not "founded" as a "Christian nation."  It was "founded" as an "American nation."  That a majority of the colonists and Framers came from a Christian background - Protestant, Catholic or otherwise - means little when it comes to deciding how the rest of us should live, or treat one another, some two centuries later.  There is no obligation that the government endorse Christianity or adopt the language and symbols of Christian groups as part of its function, which is still to protect the rights of individuals and act according to the consent of the governed.

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5 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2012 - 5:41PM #137
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The US is not now and has  never been a Christian nation.   


“…As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries…”

  Treaty of Tripoli:  It was submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, receiving  ratification unanimously from the U.S.Senate  on June 7, 1797 and signed by Adams, taking effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797.

U.S. Constitution Article VI (paragraph 2)

Gallup International indicates that 41%[1] of American citizens report they regularly attend religious services…

…"Church attendance data in the U.S… has been checked against actual values using two different techniques. The true figures show that only about 21% of Americans Many Americans… tell pollsters that they have gone to church even though they have not… (WIKI)


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5 years ago  ::  Jan 29, 2013 - 10:24PM #138
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1620 the Mayflower Compact ~ America's first founding document

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten .. the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James .. by the Grace of God of Great Britain .. France and Ireland .. King .. Defender of the Faith .. etc .. Having undertaken .. for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honor of our King and Country .. A Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia .. do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another .. Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic .. for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid .. and by virtue hereof to enact .. constitute and frame such just and equal Laws .. Ordinances .. Acts .. Constitutions and Offices .. from time to time .. as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony .. unto which we promise all due submission and obedience .. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod .. the 11th of November .. in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James .. of England .. France and Ireland the eighteenth .. and of Scotland the fifty-fourth . . . . . Anno Domini 1620

some one got a founding document preceeding this ???

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5 years ago  ::  Jan 30, 2013 - 3:32PM #139
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The Mayflower Compact is not "founding document" of the United States.  It is one of the important documents which helps us trace the history of the ideals which led to the founding of the United States, along with such other documents as the Providence Agreement, which pioneered the idea of the separation of church and state.

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5 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2013 - 10:10AM #140
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Aug 29, 2012 -- 3:29PM, theinterpreter wrote:

Aug 29, 2012 -- 2:49PM, MrDave wrote:

Aug 28, 2012 -- 10:08PM, Do_unto_others wrote:

Aug 28, 2012 -- 5:36PM, theinterpreter wrote:

The US is now, and always has been, a Christian nation. A Christian nation is any nation where Christians are in the majority. We are the fourth horseman, i.e., the 4th Christian superpower to rule the earth for Jesus. Our weapons bring hell and death.

That's funny. You could be on Leno.

When has the USA ruled the Earth?

We are not Britain, and never have been.


The USA is a superpower and does anything it wants. The US and its NATO allies police the earth.

Britain is the third horseman, who conquered with economics.

Since 312 AD, when the sign of the Son of Man appeared in the clouds, Christian nations have been the dominant force on earth, and will be to the end.

Two words: China & India.

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