Friday, December 25, 2009

America -- Founded as a Christian Nation

And if one can READ History, this nation was founded on Christian Tenets, it was not secular it was Bible reading, Bible Based Christians from England.

Obama: "Although, as I mentioned, we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation."

Really? But didn't the Mayflower Compact proclaim the Pilgrims were establishing their colony for "the advancement of the Muslim faith." And what about "In Allah We Trust" on our coinage and currency, not to mention what's been called our second national anthem, "Allah Bless America"?

Seriously, if the "we" who don't consider ourselves a Christian nation refers to the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the editorial board of The New York Times, Obama is on target.

An April 3 Newsweek poll showed 62% of us do consider America "a Christian nation." But for those like our president, the nation's mood is determined not by the majority, but by the cultural elite - individuals who, by education and refinement, are entitled to shape the national consciousness for the rest of us.

Due to ignorance or willful blindness, throughout our history, most Americans, including our leaders, didn't understand that we are a secular republic - one nation under Rousseau, Darwin and the Humanist Manifesto (I and II).

Patrick Henry remarked: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religions, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

The Constitution is dated "in the year of our Lord, 1787," in reference not to Allah, Krishna or Buddha, but to Jesus. Supreme Court Associate Justice Joseph Story, in his 1833 treatise on the Constitution, observed that the Founding Fathers believed "that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state."

In the 1931 case of U.S. v Macintosh (decided before the federal judiciary began to deconstruct the First Amendment), the Supreme Court declared, "We are a Christian people."

Every President of the United States, including B. Hussein Obama, took an oath to uphold the Constitution on a Bible. In every case save one, it was the King James Version.

Speaking of Obama's predecessors - clearly less enlightened and worldly than the Messiah-in-Chief and probably in thrall to the religious right - their opinion is unanimous:

George Washington: "It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible." By the Bible, the Father of our Country was not referring to the Koran or the Bhagavad Gita.

John Adams: "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were...the general principle of Christianity."

John Quincy Adams: "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

Andrew Jackson: "The Bible is the rock upon which our Republic rests" - again, in reference to the Christian Bible, not the Lotus Sutra.

Abraham Lincoln: "Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty." The "present difficulty" that Lincoln believed Christianity would resolve favorably was a civil war in which more than 600,000 Americans died.

Before the McGovernite takeover of the Democratic Party (now under the direction of George Soros), the presidents of Obama's party also sang in the Christian-America choir.

Woodrow Wilson: "America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify the devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelation of Holy Scripture."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, speaking of World War II: "Today, the whole world is divided, divided between human slavery and human freedom - between pagan brutality and the Christian ideal."

Harry S. Truman, writing to Pope Pius XII: "This is a Christian nation. ... It is not without significance that the valiant pioneers who left Europe to establish settlements here, at the very beginning of their colonial enterprise, declared their faith in the Christian religion and made ample provision for its practice and support."

John F. Kennedy, in the midst of the Cold War: "And yet the same revolutionary belief for which our forbearers fought is still at issue around the globe, the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God."

Thomas Jefferson said something strikingly similar: "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God."

Still, the Great Community Organizer can blithely proclaim that America - which is 75% to 80% Christian - is no more a Christian nation than it is a Moslem nation.

In a 2007 speech, Obama qualified this opinion --"Whatever we once were, we're no longer a Christian nation."

The president thereby allowed for the possibility that America once was a Christian nation, but is no longer. But when did Christianity's dominance over American life end - with the Supreme Court's 1962 school-prayer decision, its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision or Bill Clinton staining an intern's dress with his bodily fluids circa 1995?

While insisting that "we" do not consider America a Christian nation, Obama praised the religion of peace. "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better, including my own country."

Source: Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer

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