I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation. But I say that in the broadest sense. The lady that holds her lamp beside the golden door doesn't say, “I only welcome Christians.” We welcome the poor, the tired, the huddled masses. But when they come here they know that they are in a nation founded on Christian principles.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
John McCain -- Christian America?
I was astounded by what I saw and heard in a Beliefnet Video Interview. John McCain is being interviewed and asked about whether America is a Christian nation -- whether the Constitution establishes the nation as a Christian nation -- something 55% of Americans believe, even though there is not one word in the Constitution says this.
Well John says, yes he'd agree -- why because the Constitution is founded on Christian principles. Here is a transcript of that response:
John, you've been in the Senate a long time -- go read the thing. The Constitution is based on Enlightenment principles, principles espoused by people like John Locke. Yes they were Christians, but the Constitution is deliberately secular in this point. It protects the rights of all to practice their faith without state establishment or interference.
He also talks about separation of church and state in ways that demonstrate that he has no understanding about what that means either.
Click here to go to the Beliefnet page with the interview.