January 6, 2012

The United States of America is (not) a Christian Nation.

Seven points on why we’re not a Christian Nation—but a nation for all religions, and those with no particular faith.

1: Stephen Colbert, on America as a Christian Nation.

2: And:

3: Also:

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814.

4. If we really were a Christian Nation…

5. Are we a Christian Nation? No.

6. We repeat: no:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

7. Finally, our President:

“One of the great strengths of the United States,” the President said, “is … we have a very large Christian population — we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

The President was promptly criticized by some Republicans for those (entirely accurate) remarks.


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