In our current age of the 21st century, it is commonplace to hear the slogan “America is a Christian nation” chanted by conservative Christians. That particular rightist misconception, albeit a discerning and ridiculous one, is not surprising since the majority on that side of the political spectrum are also prone to rejecting evolution and global warming (they seem to be consistently and fundamentally incorrect about the foundations of reality itself, in most cases).
Recently, members of the Republican Party in Idaho drafted a resolution which would have their state “specifically declared a Christian state.” Various supporters of the resolution went on to detail how the resolution reflected Thomas Jefferson’s and James Madison’s Christian principles that originally helped establish our nation.
But if this is a Christian nation to begin with, why are rightists always trying to slowly but surely make it one by drafting such resolutions in the first place? And why do 57% of Republicans want to make Christianity the national religion if this is already a Christian nation?
The irony with Idaho Republicans tossing Jefferson and Madison into the mix of that unconstitutional action rests in the personal words of those Founding Fathers. For example, Jefferson was bold enough to state that “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.” He also once stated, from what was more of a humanist, secular outlook, that “millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.”
James Madison, while he was a devout Christian, is the man who personally composed the famous Bill of Rights that contains the 1st Amendment which secularists hold so dearly now-a-days. Plus, Madison actually got the idea of the separation of church and state from Jefferson. The reason for this need to take mythology out of government was due to “the tendency to a usurpation on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them.”
The delusions of most contemporary conservative Christians (when it comes to America being a “Christian nation”) can be broken down by examining the conservative Christians of the mid-19th century. The conservative Christians during the Civil War once drafted an amendment to officially make America a Christian nation; whereby our godless constitution would recognize “the being and attributes of Almighty God, the Divine Authority of the Holy Scriptures, the law of God as the paramount rule, and Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior and Lord of all.”
They drafted the new amendment—out of intellectual honesty and not fool-hearted ignorance like contemporary conservatives—because it was “a striking and solemn fact that our present National Constitution is so devoid of any Christian distinctive feature, that one of our Chief Magistrates [Jefferson] once refused to appoint a day of fasting and prayer in an hour of public calamity, because the nation, in its Constitution, recognized no god; and another [Adams], in contracting a treaty with the Muhammedan power, hesitated not to declare that ‘the Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.’ It has in itself no character of enmity against the laws and religion of the Mussulmens.” *
Our Founding Fathers, while some were religious and some not-so religious, left us with the first government in history, up until that time, to not include the wretched hands of mythology. We, as secularists and logical, rational humans, must defend our nation’s documents with every fiber of our godless being. No theists, be it Hindus, or Muslims, or Zoroastrians, or Christians, will take from us what we inherited from our Founding Fathers.
*Proceedings of the National Convention to Secure the Religious Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, p. 11.