Question 2: Was the United States of America founded as a Christian nation?
The idea that the United States was founded as a Christian nation has been around since the country’s inception. Whereas the previous post listed the reasons supporting the claim, the purpose of this post is not to debate the issue, but to provide reasons for saying NO – the United States was not founded as a Christian nation. I welcome discussion and comments, but ask commenters to stay on topic. I numbered the reasons for easy identification. The next post will provide my concluding statements about this topic that are debatable.
Reasons Why the USA was Not founded as a Christian Nation
1) The Framers had the benefit of hundreds of years of history to develop a government – a history with the state persecuting religion – a history including the church controlling the state
2) Although six colonies were founded with official religions, no states have official religions
3) Just because some of the Framers were Christian is a fact about the framers, and nothing to do with the USA being a Christian nation
4) Other than personal writings, there is no definitive evidence of the Framers’ intent to establish a Christian nation
5) Examining individual writings does not provide Framer’s intent – but rather provides insight into the individual’s belief system
6) The Revolutionary War was not a religious event – although freedom of religion movement did piggyback the freedom for liberty movement
7) The Declaration of Independence uses “Creator” – but that is a term accepted by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Deists, Secularists, and others
8) Implying the three branches of Federal government established in the US Constitution directly correlates with Isaiah 33:22 is one example (of many) that are disparate attempts to establish the USA as a Christian nation (The Lord is judge, the Lord is our ruler, and the Lord is our king; he will save us.)
9) Although some states included religious preferences for elected officials, Article VI clearly states, “ … but no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trusts under the United States” – which the US Supreme Court has upheld.
10) The Bible does not include any covenant between God and the United States
11) The US Constitution does not mention “God”, “Christ”, “Jesus”, or “Jesus Christ”
12) The Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and any of the Federalist Papers lack Biblical references, direct references to the Ten Commandments, Christianity, Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ being Savior
13) Although elected presidents may include “So help me God” to conclude their oath into office, those four words are not a Constitutional requirement (Article 2, Section 1)
14) Even if the Framers established the US Constitution on Christian values and principles, this does not imply the USA is a Christian nation
15) Demographics of the country at any point in time is meaningless to the discussion because the documents matter
16) Placing “In God We Trust” on money started in 1861 with roots in the Civil War – not the country’s founding
17) Including “One nation under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance occurred in 1954 as a response to Soviet Communism – not the country’s founding
18) One should not confuse cultural heritage with Biblical Christianity
19) After the Constitution became established, some religious groups called it “blasphemous” while urging formal recognition of Christianity into the Constitution. Organizations as the National Reform Association sought a Constitutional Amendment in 1864 to officially establish America as a Christian nation. Additional sizable movements also occurred in the 1950s and 1960s – and these beliefs still exist today.
20) Treaty of Tripoli (1797), which the Senate ratified and President Adams signed, clearly states, “ The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
Next post: My personal concluding statements