The Christian Republic of America

Separation of church and state is one of many great attributes that separates the United States from Iran, the Taliban and Al Qaida. The concept of separation of church and state refers to the segregated relationship between organized religion and the institution of government. The term is originally derived from Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in which Jefferson states:

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

Nevertheless, many Americans wholeheartedly believe the U.S. to be a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. Constitutionally the United States, while a nation of Christians, is not a Christian nation. However, even in the modern era political groups are openly carrying out a Christian theology litmus test to determine which candidate for office is authentically Christian and therefore legitimate. Obama is regarded by some as either a closeted Muslim or a radical black Christian. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is viewed as not Christian enough.  Religious tests for holding public office are banned under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, yet politicians are compelled to disclose and discuss their personal faith ad nauseam.

Are we the United States of America or the Christian Republic of America?

– TERRANCE MULLINS

 

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7 responses to “The Christian Republic of America

  1. Pingback: America is Scared of Radical Muslims…We Should be Scared of Radical Christians, Too « From Ashy to Classy

  2. Benjamin Moscrop

    The united states is a Christian nation in the sense that the majority of citizens adhere to some form of Christianity. But the government is unequivocally secular. The only mention of religion in the constitution is to its complete exclusion from government.

    As pointed out in the article, a candidate’s religious qualifications are absolutely crucial to his or her electability. Unfortunately, a highly qualified atheist aspiring to public office stands no chance against a completely incompetent yet overtly pious opponent.

    Like many I have my suspicions about Obama’s religiosity. But for me, I think he is much less religious than he lets on. However, he needs to relay enough religious zeal to meet certain tacit qualifications among the electorate and quell any rumors of him being a Muslim.

    As one who loathes religion’s absurd claims about the nature of reality, I am grateful that our country is NOT a Christian nation. To claim as much would indicate that a non-christian would be less American. How utterly offensive to us patriots who are smart enough NOT to believe in talking serpents, magical apples, a rib-woman and a zombie sent to rescue us from his jealous dad.

  3. I believe we are the United States of America and not the Christian Republic of America. Yes, most of our citizens in the U.S are Christians but we also have some that are not. I do not believe it is fair to eliminate a presidential candidate because of his or her religion. They say are country is based on equality and that everyone should be treated equal so why shouldn’t we allow some that is not Christian in our office? According to the Bill of Rights which is discussed in our reading and media Activity, Amendment 1 says that we have a right to freedom of speech, press, petition and religion, but do we really have that freedom if we are withholding someone from being our president because of their religion?

  4. Esau Gonzalez Zuno

    We are the United States of America. Even though the nation largely follows a form of Christianity, there are many other religions people follow. So Christian Republican of America is not appropriate. For many people it is important for the president to follow some sort of popular religion with Christianity being the most favorable. President Obama is continuously being accused of being a Muslim. I could care if he was or not but this is very important for a lot of people. The people want someone that has the same values as they do and they don’t feel Muslims have those, especially after what happen on 9/11. If President Obama was a Muslim, he would’ve never been elected. I also don’t think there will ever be a Muslim president. I think politicians take advantage of the people by using religion as a tool to get more votes. I remember when the Republican Party was electing their presidential candidate, Michele Bachman and Herman Cain came out saying that god told them to run for president. I don’t know who they fooled with their statements but I’m sure some people believed it. Also, Santorum’s campaign was pretty much about religion and faith. Religion should stay out of the government and politics.

  5. Gonzalo Saucedo

    The United States is indubitably a Christian nation. There’s no denying that it plays a huge role in who’s elected to office today. Despite the Framers’ attempts to separate church and state, a disturbing majority of the American people won’t vote for someone if he is not Christian. This was evident when Obama was criticized for possibly being a closeted Muslim. What kind of nation are we if an individual who isn’t a member of a certain religion has a substantially reduced chance at being elected to office? I hope that we, as a nation, can progress out of this perpetual cycle as we have broken through similar barriers in recent history.

  6. This is another very hot subject, even in this point in time. I believe that we should be the United States of America, not the Christian Republic of America. Is this what is true? Not so much. According to the First Amendment in the Constitution, “…Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” (Pg. 103). It seems very simple from there that one would be able to say that we are a country free from a specific religion, and we may even be able to say that it is against our “civil liberties” that we recognize a religion (even Christianity) because it would be ruled unconstitutional. Just because we cannot recognize one specific religion as the one we govern our country with, it hardly makes a dent in the minds of many Christians. In many areas of our country, there are many areas of devout Christians who will run their political decisions on the basis of others who hold and share their same religious beliefs. Its almost unheard of that a political figure not believe in God or be some sort of Christian, but it may even get worse in some areas where they believe that it has to be a certain type of Christian to get their vote. I am very much bothered by this way of thinking. I feel that things should be as Thomas Jefferson said, “Wall of Separation between church & state”(pg. 103-104). It bothers me when a candidate speaks too much with a Christian agenda and then the constituents applaud. I feel that religion should not have a place in government and that government needs to be ran in a realistic straightforward approach. We are not a Christian nation we are a nation with religious freedom. With that thought in mind, it also goes hand in hand with the birth control issues, gay rights & abortion issue. The opponent arguments in these hot issues are established with a religious based argument. When a religious based argument is used to rule on “civil liberties”, we are not honoring the constitution. The next argument can be that they have the freedom of the free exercise clause, which allows them to have the beliefs that they carry (pg. 103). But in turn wouldn’t that also mean that others who do not share in those same beliefs have freedom for their practices as well? In the mini complex web we have woven doesn’t it seem that Religion tends to complicate something that can be less complicated? Let’s stick to the Constitution & honor civil liberties by giving the choice to the people, not a state or government to decide. Its not a country base on Christianity, it’s a country that holds its life, liberty & property to the people, not to God.

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