President Obama wound up his European apology tour on Monday with a speech to a group of students in Turkey where he announced that America is no longer a Christian nation. The evidence is that his proclamation of “mission accomplished” is a little premature. I say “mission accomplished” because for generations one of the core missions of the socialist movement in America has been the suppression of the Christian message and the influence of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
Efforts by the left to suppress Christianity are on the same level as its effort to dismantle capitalism and corrupt the traditional American culture. They have made impressive gains in all three areas, but we have not yet surrendered. In fact “we have not yet begun to fight.” America is a Christian country, always has been and hopefully always will be. The dominant religion is overwhelmingly Christian, with 3 out of 4 Americans professing Christianity.
In the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey of 54,461 American households, 76% self-identified as Christian, 3.9% self-identified as non-Christian with 5.2% refusing to respond or did not know. Only 15% claimed to have no religion. Those who self-identified as agnostic or atheist made up 1.6% of the survey group.
The Christian makeup of America is not new. The migration of colonists from Europe to America in the seventeenth century was primarily in search of religious liberty, or at least, the freedom to practice their own religion without persecution or interference. The Declaration of Independence appeals to the “Laws of Nature”, and “Nature’s God”. The Constitution concludes with the date as the “Year of Our Lord”. The first article in our “Bill of Rights” guarantees the freedom of religion. Religion and Christianity has always been an integral part of the American experience and it is today.
Opposition to our Judeo-Christian heritage has increased in tandem with the spread of Socialists philosophy during the twentieth century. Socialism seeks to replace the Christian’s reliance on God with a reliance on the state. To accomplish this it disguises its message with the vernacular of Christianity. It speaks of compassion, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, promoting peace, and raising up the downtrodden, while it delivers scarcity, oppression, intolerance, class envy and strife. In the name of compassion it destroys families and ambition. In the name of the common good it robs us of our labor. For our own safety, it tramples on our liberties.
With Orwellian “double-speak” it distorts the language so that nothing is as it seems. Our Constitution, in the hands of the socialist, becomes the implement of our destruction. No part of the Constitution has proven more effective in the suppression of Christianity than the First Amendment which was intended by the founders to accomplish the opposite.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans for the Separation of Church and State have misused the First Amendment to force Christianity into the shadows and out of the public square. This certainly was not the intention of the Founders. The First Amendment differs from the other Amendments in the Bill of Rights. The subject of Amendments, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 protects the people’s rights as individuals. Amendment 10 confirms the sovereignty of the states and the people. Amendment 1, on the other hand, speaks of the limitations placed on the federal government, particularly the Congress.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof;”
The first Amendment prohibits the federal government from any involvement in matters of religion, period. The restriction on the federal government regarding religion however, did not apply to the sates. Thomas Jefferson spoke of this fact in his second inaugural address;
“In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the general government. I have therefore undertaken on no occasion to prescribe the religious exercises suited to it; but have left them as the Constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of State or Church authorities acknowledged by the several religious societies.” Jefferson’s Second Inaugural Address, 1805
Three years later he expressed the same principle in a letter to Samuel Miller, 1808
“I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the United States…” “…It must then rest with the states, as far as it can be in any human authority.” ~Thomas Jefferson
George Washington expressed his view of religion in public life in his Farewell Address in 1796.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”
The evidence is that the need for religion is a part of human nature. Every society from the beginning of time, civilized or uncivilized, has worshiped some type of deity. In America it has been the God of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and it has served us well. America has a secular government, but it is not a godless nation. America is also a Christian nation. If the left succeeds in eradicating Christianity from our public discourse, it will be replaced by something else.
That is the objective of socialism. It does not really seek to eliminate religion per se, it seeks to replace the worship of the Jewish and Christian God with worship of the Mythological Goddess “Gaia”, goddess of the earth and the Communist/Socialist God, the “State“. There can be no doubt that we are moving in that direction, as we witness the deterioration of our culture and the dwindling of our liberty, changes that can be traced to our abandonment of the principles on which our nation was founded, including those held by our Christian forefathers. Today may be a good day for repentance. God bless America.