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Letter: Is the U.S. a secular nation or a theocracy?

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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 am

F.W. “Bill” Stamos’ letter Aug. 10 refuting atheist David Diskin’s attempt on Aug. 3 to revise U.S. history included a passing reference to an important but long-forgotten unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that supports Stamos and Pastor Frank Nolton (letter Aug. 20) in their conclusion: “This is a Christian nation,” because America was founded upon the Christian principles Diskin dogmatically rejects.

That Supreme Court dedicated seven pages to exhaustively discussing the overwhelming evidence that America was founded by Christians expressing their worldview when formulating our country. After referencing all 44 state constitutions in 1892 and discussing several of them, that court said on Page 470:

“There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning. They affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons. They are organic utterances. They speak the voice of the entire people.

While, because of a general recognition of this truth, the question has seldom been presented to the courts, we find that in Updegraph v. Commonwealth, 11 S. & R. 394, 400, it was decided that “Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law of Pennsylvania ... not Christianity with an established church and tithes and spiritual courts, but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men.”

That unanimous court presented its evidence-based conclusion on Page 471: “These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” (emphasis added) Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S., 143 U.S. 457 (1892) us/143/457/case.html.

The wise founders of this great nation, and all Americans for the first 150 years, understood that the government of this Christian nation was neither secular nor theocratic. They understood that the Constitution struck a unique and God-blessed “happy medium” founded upon “Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men.”

Why wouldn’t every American reading this say Amen?

Shawnte Figueroa


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