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Not a Christian nation

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Letter to the editor by Wendy Binnie

When someone attacks me for not knowing the facts – it is incumbent on me to see if the complainer knows their facts. Sadly, no. The current attack on our country from the "Religious Right" comes in the form of a statement that they want this country to “return to the Christian principles on which it was founded.”

However, a little research into American history will show that this statement is untrue. The men responsible for building the foundation of the United States had little use for Christianity, and many were strongly opposed to it. They were men of The Enlightenment, not men of Christianity. They were Deists who did not believe the Bible was true.

Nine were Freemasons: Benjamin Franklin, William Ellery, John Hancock, Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, Robert Paine, Richard Stockton, George Walton, William Whipple and George Washington.

If the U.S.A. were founded on the Judeo-Christian religion, the Constitution would clearly say so; but it does not. When the Founders wrote the nation's Constitution, they specified that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." (Article 6, section 3)   This provision was radical in its day-- giving equal citizenship to believers and non-believers alike.  They wanted to ensure that no single religion could make the claim of being the official, national religion, such as England had.  Nowhere in the Constitution does it mention religion, except in exclusionary terms. It mentions "We the People."  The words "Jesus Christ, Christianity, Bible, and God" are never mentioned in the Constitution--not once.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag is under attack by "godless atheists" (a redundancy in terms, since atheists do not believe in God.) I have heard also that "In God We Trust" is under pernicious attack by these same "Ultra Liberal - Communist inspired traitors" who want to finish the job of taking God and religion out of the public school system. Say what? All peoples and nations DO ask God or whatever they call him to bless them (esp. in battle) if only for rain for the crops. As to the belt buckle which said "Gott mitt uns." The young dead German soldier surely thought God was with him. 

 

Wendy E. Binnie

Ocala