Is America A Christian Nation?
There is a widely held opinion that the United Stated of America is a Christian nation. This perspective is in direct opposition to the actual history of the country.
America’s very existence was ordained on the premise that its inhabitants would be physically “protected” by oceans to either side and benign neighbors north and south, ergo, Americans would be able to devote more time/energy to spiritual pursuits, rather than scrabbling for existence. Up until recently, we have welcomed asylum-seekers from virtually any and all other countries: The following, by Emma Lazarus, in 1883, was inscribed beneath the Statue of Liberty in 1903, On Ellis Island, the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954.
“Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
That inscription has been “America’s motto” for well over a century, until the tRump administration’s very un-Christianlike/non-spiritual policy of breaking up and tearing apart refugee families on our southern border. Moreover, the very first treaty between the fledgling America and a foreign power, purportedly written by George Washington himself (first link below) specifically states that America was NOT founded as a “Christian” nation.
In this category we share posts that address the question, Is America a Christian nation? We hope this will clarify the topic for those who seek a better understanding of the principles the United States was founded upon. The links below lead to key articles, and there are more in this category well worth reading.
Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship, 1777
Masons and the Making of America
How the Religious Right Indoctrinates Followers with a False Version of History
A New World is Dawning and the US Will No Longer Lead It
Is a Senior Air Force General using his power to spread far-right Christian Nationalism?
Questions You Don’t Need to Ask an Atheist…and Our Responses
“CURING INFECTIOUS DISEASES IS BAD FOR OUR BUSINESS MODEL”… Goldman Sachs Chairman & CEO
A Matter of Human Development? A close family member votes Republican. Now I understand why. The core isn't bigotry. It's worse. By JShCD15, Saturday June 08, 2019 · 12:32 PM PDT...
(Interjection – This article is the first I’ve heard of most of the facts presented herein. As I see it, this requires a COMPLETE re-write of our public school history books! ~ Don Chapin)
The Energy of Places of Worship Don Chapin, PhD, December 15, 2019 John Greim / LightRocket via Getty Images... This picture, from the article “Millennials Are Leaving Religion And Not Coming Back” appears to be a throw-back to the medieval “Christian” church practice...
“Millennials agree that religious people are generally less tolerant of others, compared to only 37 percent of Baby Boomers” i.e., the mind-set of those on the ‘religious right’ is a huge turn-off to many. “We came to see all of this negativity from people who were highly religious and increasingly didn’t want a part in it.”
Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, Maj. Danny Sjursen, tells us why “after fifteen months toiled away in Iraq, and by then nine months suffered in Afghanistan, I knew something civilian observers didn’t: most generals didn’t want the truth anyway. They bought my Potemkin patrols hook-line-and-sinker because they wanted to believe, needed to believe, that the aimless wars, which defined their careers and augured their coveted promotions, could be won. And, surprise: they still haven’t been; and won’t be.”
After 40 years, 'megachurch' pastor slams Christianity By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post Reporter | Tuesday, May 07, 2019 https://www.christianpost.com/news/after-40-years-megachurch-pastor-slams-christianity-and-quits-deacon-claims-he-had-affair.html Former Pastor...
Vatican II “asked them to respond to the needs of society,” says the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and culture editor for America magazine, a Catholic weekly.But he says the changes ushered in nearly a half-century ago have largely fallen out of favor in Rome, and that has left many nuns caught in the middle.
The ungodly Constitution: How the Founding Fathers ensured America would not be a Christian nation: Was the United States founded as a Christian nation, meaning that the framers of the Constitution established a government whose laws would not only reflect but also enforce the rules of a particular brand of Christianity? No, period. Repost of Susan Jacoby’s article at AlterNet.org
The article below highlights where (and why) we STRONGLY depart from traditional Christianity, churches and “organized” religion, in general. A 1000-member international group (but probably internally dominated by all white males) attempting to establish what the...
A top watchdog investigated 190 cases of alleged retaliation against whistleblowers—and found that intelligence bureaucrats only once ruled in favor of the whistleblower.
The first part of this post is a repost of the article, ‘”How Can You Be Moral?’ – Here Are 9 Questions You Don’t Need to Ask an Atheist — And Their Answers,” by Greta Christina. Below this article, please read on to find our responses to these questions and more from Don Chapin.
Thirty three percent (33%) of the signers of our Constitution were Freemasons, and freemasonry, in general, was not in favor of the rigidity of the “Christian” church, as indicated by my bold font highlights in this article. The evidence is extremely clear: IN NO WAY was the U.S. initiated as a “Christian” nation! ~ Don Chapin
Utah Mormons vs. Medical Marijuana Mormons say Utah marijuana ballot initiative violates their religious freedom - file 2nd lawsuit Friday August 17, 2018 · 7:00 AM PDT REPOST from...
Unfortunately, from my ex-USAF perspective, the USAF has the worst reputation of any branch with respect to right-wing, unfounded, erroneous religious beliefs about U.S. history, including to the Brig. Gen. level. ~ Don Chapin
REPOST – American evangelical political engagement is built on a very weak historical foundation. It is time that Christian philanthropists, motivated by an entrepreneurial spirit informed by the pursuit of truth and a concern for the testimony of the Gospel in the world, take the long view and invest in responsible Christian thinking about the American past. The American republic, and more importantly, the witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, depends on it.
A New World is Dawning—Pulling out of treaties, denigrating allies, starting trade wars—the impulsive actions of President Donald Trump are upending the international order in place since the end of World War II. REPOST
Goldman Sachs is an investment firm that both helped cause and then exploited a global economic meltdown, increasing its own wealth and power while helping to boot millions of Americans out of their homes. Now it is openly saying in financial reports that curing people of terrible diseases is not good for business.
A very thought-provoking and believable piece, particularly when compared to How FDR provoked Japan into attacking the U.S. so we could enter WWII to assist Europe against Hitler How the DoD trains S. American military in combating popular internal “uprisings.” How...
For those wondering if in fact the founders of our country intended American to be a Christian nation, find the answer to the question, Is America a Christian nation? in Article 11 of this document. Dated and signed 1796-97, it is reputed that George Washington himself drafted this treaty, supported by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
Woman Accused of Being a Witch Fired from Military Dental Clinic - Is this 2015 or 1692? by ChrisRodda, Daily Kos member, Tue Oct 06, 2015 at 07:11 AM PDT...
America's Founding Fathers' Religious Beliefs In the last few years, there has been a tremendous emphasis—particularly from the “religious right”—about America having been conceived as a “Christian Nation.” Although I am an ordained Christian minister, I am quite well...