Any time someone tells me that this nation was founded on “Christianity,” I honestly have to keep myself from laughing. Our Bill of Rights is quite extensive. Our Constitution as a whole is one of the most amazing things ever written.
Yet, not one time in our Constitution is the word “Christianity” or “Christian” mentioned even once.
Not. One. Single. Time.
In fact, the Treaty of Tripoli specifically says:
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..”
Written by President John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers!
Or let’s just look at our First Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”
You know, that whole “freedom of religion” thing.
Well, someone really needs to make millions of conservatives aware of all of this, because they just don’t seem to get it. I often make the comment that because conservatives want this nation to be founded on Christianity, they simply ignore the facts proving that it wasn’t. Just because they want something to be real, doesn’t mean that it is.
Take for instance former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s claim that “God created this nation” and “He wrote the Constitution”:
“I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government. When we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”
We didn’t “allow” our government to become secular, it was founded that way. Apparently Mr. DeLay hasn’t ever read our Constitution, in particular the First Amendment.
Apparently he didn’t read many law books either about money laundering and conspiracy charges related to campaign finance laws. Though, of course, those charges have since been overturned – something I think is a bit comical. But I won’t get too much into all of that.
DeLay also said that he used to close off the Capital rotunda for 3 hours so members of Congress could get on their “knees seeking the face of God and praying.”
I really just love the fact that a former Majority Leader admitted to shutting down the Capital so members of Congress could be paid by the taxpayers for 3 hours to pray.
People who believe nonsense like DeLay are absolutely delusional.
Our Founding Fathers could have easily written something like, “The United States, a Christian nation founded on Biblical principles…” – but they didn’t.
This is what these people seem unable to understand. They claim these men founded this nation on Christianity, meaning they would have had to be extremely religious themselves (many weren’t by the way), yet they just left out all forms of religious text from our Constitution?
And what religion are these people paying attention to? Basing a country off of religion would have nothing to do with freedom. Religion isn’t about giving liberty and freedom to people. It’s about controlling them.
That is why our First Amendment gives us freedom of religion. Which also means freedom from religion. Religion is the antithesis of freedom.
Just look at what their push to interject “religion” into public policy is doing. Religion is trying to define marriage as restricting the rights for gay Americans to get married and it’s attempting to take control over women’s bodies.
People once used religion to justify slavery (more restriction of freedom), to defend segregation (more freedom restrictions) and continue a ban on interracial marriage (yet again, more freedoms restricted).
And that’s just with the few parts of the Bible people like to cherry-pick. There’s absolutely no way we could form a functional society from what the Bible says. If that were the case we could stone women and we wouldn’t be allowed to wear blended fabrics – among a host of other horrific and ridiculous things.
So when someone talks about this nation being founded on freedom and liberty, yet then tries to claim that it was founded on religion, they’re proving that they have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.
Religion has nothing to do with freedom. It’s control. It’s rules based off a singular ideology.
An ideology, by the way, that even all Christians can’t agree on. So, when someone claims that this nation is founded on Christianity, which denomination are they referring to?
Because some of them are very different.
But I just go back to what I’ve said many times before, if this nation was supposed to be founded on Christianity – our Constitution would say so. The fact of the matter is the words “Christian” or “Christianity” don’t appear a single time within our Constitution.
And no matter how many times these right-wing radicals try to perpetuate the idea that our Constitution was “written by God,” it’s not going to magically change the fact that our First Amendment gives us the right to freedom of religion and there’s absolutely no mention of religion (outside of the First Amendment) anywhere in our Constitution.
Just because conservatives want something to be real doesn’t mean that it is real.