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United States was not founded on Christian principles

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Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 12:00 am

Pastor Frank Nolton recently suggested that our country was founded on Christian principles. Was it?

Let us ask ourselves what these Christian principles are. Murder and theft are forbidden? Forgive our neighbor? Those aren’t solely Christian principles. Older cultures have upheld similar laws for millennia.

What about Abrahamic principles? They require a devotion to God and a mandatory following of The Ten Commandments. Our Constitution would decry homosexuality, adultery, polyester, tattoos and more (Levitical Law). It would reinforce slavery and misogyny. Victims of rape would be forced to marry their assailants. It would be a sin to work on the Sabbath.

Are these the biblical values that Pastor Nolton longs for?

What about Christian principles? Following Jesus’ example, we might live in a nation of free health care and generous social programs (Matthew 25:31-46). Divorce would be forbidden (Matthew 19:3). It’s not far-fetched to think that capitalism would be frowned upon (Mark 10:21-25) and that Jesus had no qualms with taxes (Matthew 22:15-22). Though certainly Christian principles, where are these in our Constitution?

The Declaration of Independence mentions our Creator (not a Christian reference). Our original Constitution mentions religion only once, saying that no religious test should be required to hold office. Our amendments further separate church from state.

The Treaty of Tripoli, written by John Adams and signed in 1797, was unanimously agreed-upon by Congress. It reads, “... the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

Adams rejected the Trinity and a divine Jesus. Thomas Jefferson took a knife to his Bible and removed Jesus’s miracles, his resurrection and his divinity. Thomas Paine wrote at great lengths in “The Age of Reason” about Christianity, calling it repugnant, contradictory and derogatory to the Almighty. The Framers may have believed in a supreme being, but they were certainly not Christian.

While outspoken Christian leaders are quick to denounce Sharia Law, they are working feverishly to force our nation into the laws of Christianity.

This is not a nation founded upon Christ. Ours was founded upon “We the People.”

David Diskin

(With help from members of the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers)


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1 comment:

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 8:51 pm on Tue, Aug 6, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1675

    Thank you David
    Your letter should put the issue to rest but I.m pretty sure it probably won't.


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