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Is America REALLY a Christian nation?

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Many fundamentalist Christians love to scream and claim that America is really a Christian based nation. The Amendment to our Constitution currently states:

“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.”

Many like to twist the word play on the first statement to mean that the government can no set up their own religious establishment, or that the government can not base it’s workings around one single establishment, or denomination, of Christianity. Thus, eliminating the idea of “separation between church and state” as written to the Danbury Baptists by Thomas Jefferson.

This last week, I came across a little gem and have been doing some homework on it. After America signed and approved it’s Constitution, we began to set up our own private trading routes. Many of these routes were lined with Barbary pirates of the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean. Soon, war broke out and trade slowed.

In 1796, the Treaty of Tripoli was signed by America’s 2nd President, John Adams. This treaty was approved by a landslide majority of the Senate, and received absolutely no debate in it’s enactment into law. Now, here’s the gem of it all. Article 11 to the Treaty of Tripoli states:

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,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan 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.”

Yes, you see it. The treaty clearly states that America is not founded on the Christian religion. Approved by the Senate and signed into full law by President Adams with absolutely no debate, this treaty is evidence that the founding fathers of this nation did not want any religion, or even non-religion, to be the rule of the land. America is called the “land of the free”, not the “land of the free for only people who only think like me”. To say the latter, is to turn your back on the foundation of this nation and to be on the position of ruling the mind, body, and freedom of choice.

~E pluribus unum


“Hate the sin, not the sinner”

In the comment section on a popular website, I got screamed at the fact that “God hates the sin, not the sinner”. The subject at hand took place using homosexuality as a foothold for this declaration so, I will be continuing using homosexuality for the base of this discussion. In the post, there is a picture of a billboard that says, “contrary to popular belief, I don’t hate anyone who’s gay. -God”. Sadly, this is completely false when put to the logic of what God is, and what He creates. Of course, when I called out that this was false, every Christian on the website demanded proof from me. They asked for it, and here it is.

In Leviticus 20:13, God calls for the slaying of any man that is gay. Not only does He call for their death, He also blames them for their own deaths, but that’s a bit of a different story. Now, tell me of any human being that would put a gay man to his death without instilled hatred running through his emotions? There would not be one. Any rational human being would not raise a hand to another person without the use of blind hatred. I need only to point my finger at radical Muslim groups in the east for the perfect example. Now, it should not take you long to ask where that hatred comes from. Does it come from their own self, Satan, or God? Well, from a non-religious stand point, it does come from your own self, but we’re using most religious logic here, so this does not apply. Many  religious groups will state that all human actions are  either governed, or over looked, by either of the omnipresent beings. So, this leaves the finger pointed at the devil himself, correct? Actually, not even close. Satan is nothing more than a mere puppet to the hands of God (Go to Hell!…). God only needs to wave His omnipotent hand and cast away Satan in one quick swoop. If even that, actually. So, with self not being an option, and Satan being nothing more than a quick bother to God, this leaves the full blame upon the one with all the governing power of creation and destruction.

It may be said that God hates the sin, but not the sinner, but it is false beyond belief. Is it not God that has predetermined all of our lives? Is it not God that allows the actions of His demonic puppet? So, is it not God that created the hatred in the man that will slain the gay man, and isn’t it God that continues to allow the man to hate the other gay man to the point where He calls for that gay man’s death? In society and modern law, do we not punish the man who hired the murderer more harshly than the man that did the actual murder?

One great example that I can use, is one that I can hit home with. Let’s say your child broke your neighbor’s window and was caught. Yes, your child knew better, and has been told not to break windows, but has anyway. Wouldn’t the neighbor come to you first with the child in hand? Why is this? It’s because even though your child is independent from you, you are still the governing authority of that child, and hold as much accountability for that window as the child does; even more so if you knew that the child would break that window before hand.

To say “God hates the sin, and not the sinner”, is nothing more than the usual act of handing God a “get out of jail free card”. He already has far too many of those cards, and continues to receive them more and more each and every day. Religion is fallible in every sense. Especially when held to the ethical standards that modern society has on itself today. No thief, rapist, pedophile, or murderer should ever go unpunished. Yet, it’s blatantly obvious that America frequently lets one loose in their minds in order to justify their world view.

“In God We Trust” – A National Punchline

Many American atheists will grit their teeth and scowl at this one saying that is so proudly displayed onto our national currency. I do not blame them, but I do find their hate completely misplaced. You see, this one saying on every bit of currency is in reality, a great matter of ridicule once put to it’s artistic view.

“In God We Trust” is something that this nation’s Christians feel is directly implied to them in some metaphorical sense. The only problem is, “we” is never defined except by that implied metaphor. Rather than putting, “In God America Trusts”, or “In God The People Trust”, it leaves a vague sense of wonder with what the word “we” really means.

The term “we” can mean a multitude of things. Not only can this be applied a group of people, it can also be applied to a personified group of things. So, is it really, “In God We, the American People, Trust”, or is it “In God We, the American Currency, Trust”? Since this statement is printed and stamped into every bit of American currency, I can easily proclaim that it is the latter of the two.

Rather than tossing out this term from our currency simply because it vaguely states in a unanimous metaphorical sense that America puts it’s trust in God, I say leave it with it’s vague sense that we do not know what “we” implies. In all reality, the statement did not show up until 1864, and therefor can not be used to state that America is a Christian nation. Even then, we still don’t even know which “God” the statement is referring to, either. This one statement that is seen daily is nothing more than what it truly is, a giant national punchline filled with laughter.

Seperating Church From Senate

While in a debate against her opponent, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, a Republican and tea party member who is running for senate, shows her undeniable ignorance of the United States Constitution. The first amendment to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution clearly states that the government can not create a law respecting any religion. In other words, the government can not create a law that is directly in favor of any religious ideologies, nor can it set up an establishment in favor of any religion. This is generally known as the “separation of church and state”.  The first amendment also gives rights to freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the right to gather and protest peaceably. O’Donnell was clearly shocked to learn this new information, even though she is a self professed guru of the United States Constitution.

Upon reading this news and watching various sources on it, I can only begin to confirm what the tea party main motives have been these last few years; turning America in a true “Christian” nation. The tea party’s original movement was to protest in favor of lowering taxes, but in the last few years, the majority of tea party organizations have grown to become a driving religious force. Any atheist, agnostic, deist, Muslim, Hindu, and even Christian that is no of  “their” denomination should be very leery of these groups as they seek to change who you are, and what you must believe.

When O’Donnell began to laugh after showing her ignorance, she clearly thought she was laughing with the group, and not at the fact that the group was laughing at her. As Americans, we can not allow people like this to penetrate our system. It’s bad enough the majority of politicians are selling us out in general, but to have them also be so blatantly blissful to our own Constitution, the one document that is supplying their job and freedoms, is absolutely abhorring. To be a politician is no different than serving your country. The minute you turn your back against your country, you are no different than a traitor on the battlefield. Failing to learn even the basics of how your country works, yet being a governing force behind it, is no different.

Bonus video on American religious history (added 10/21/10)