The Constitution is NOT founded on Judeo-Christian Values
I've been following the discussion regarding Catholics and abortion and support of Obama, and I MUST speak my peace here and now.In the past eight years – especially in the years following September 11, 2001 – I have noticed a frightening undercurrent in our country: that a majority of Americans believe that the Constitution establishes a Christian nation.
To summarize a few of the survey’s findings:· Only 15% of respondents named "Freedom of Religion" as one of the specific First Amendment rights.· Only 54% believe the freedom to worship as you choose "applies to all religious groups regardless of how extreme their beliefs are, or was never meant to apply to religious groups that most people would consider extreme or fringe." That is down from 72% who believed that in 2000.· 63% - wow - agree that the founders intended America to be a "Christian nation." Worse still, 55% - the same as last year - agree that our Constitution "establishes" a Christian nation.· 40% believe ministers should be able to endorse candidates from the pulpit without endangering the tax-exempt status of their church.
Note my background: I am a Christian (denomination Lutheran). I am proud of my faith and thrilled to live in a country that allows me the freedom to openly practice that faith. I am also proud to live in a country that extends that same freedom to Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindi, Agnostics, Atheists…The idea that our Founding Fathers were Christians is simply not true. Most were deists – they thought the universe had a creator, but he does not concern himself with the daily lives of humans, and does not directly communicate with humans, either by revelation or sacred books. They spoke often of God, but this was not the God of the Bible.
The Declaration was a radical departure from the idea that kings ruled nations by the authority of God. The Constitution mentions religion only once, in Article VI: “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” In 1796, the Treaty with Tripoli – written under the Presidency of George Washington and signed under the Presidency of John Adams – states, “the United States of America (is) in no sense founded on the Christian religion.” In God we Trust wasn't added to our currency until the '50's, in response to Communism.