The United States has a 220+ year history of separating church and state. Most of our founders and most of our leaders have historically supported this separation. Clearly this is not a view that is unanimous among Americans. This current front runner in Georgia’s 10th District is an example of what I would consider someone who presents a domestic threat to the Constitution.
The United States is NOT a Christian-based country even though a majority of its citizens claim Christianity as their religion. Neither the Common Law nor any state or federal statute is based on religion. Here are a few observations on why this is true, good, and necessary:
1. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” This is from the First Amendment to the Constitution. Perhaps the most important of the rights enumerated in the first ten amendments, the text makes very clear that Congress, as the sole agent responsible for creating federal laws, has NO authority to pass religious-based law. Any would-be law that is based in religion would immediately run afoul of both clauses. Law must be based on non-religious premises such as public welfare, defense, free trade, etc.
If that’s not enough for you, it’s a sentiment supported by everyone from conservatives like John Adams and George Washington to liberals like Thomas Jefferson and this left winger:
“We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.” – President R. W. Reagan.
2. Theocracies don’t work. They are completely against personal freedom. Personal freedom in a theocracy really isn’t freedom. It’s “you’re free to think and say what you like as long as it doesn’t conflict with the national religion”. No thanks. I prefer freedom over whatever they call it in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and 17th century Spain.
3. Which church should we make part of the state? Judaism? Buddhism? Shinto? Islam? I hear none of those making a claim on the USA, so I’ve got to assume it’s strictly Christians who want to tear down the wall.
Okay, then which Christianity should we use? If we do it by the numbers it goes to the Catholics. Are you ready for a government that is, in one way or another, answerable to the Vatican? And if not the Catholics, who?
And which Bible should we use? How about the Book of Mormon? Which version of the Ten Commandments? Should it be illegal to covet my neighbor’s Tesla S? Guilty!
4. Why in God’s name would any sane person want the same organization running the church as runs the federal government?
The more I think about it, the more I realize that any politician who advocates the insertion of Christianity into government falls into one of two categories:
1 – Very Stupid. This person just can’t think rationally and we should clearly not vote for them.2 – Very Smart. This person is using religion to get votes. This person is about as vile and evil (anagrams) as it gets. Using people’s religious beliefs to gain power is exactly why we need separation of church and state and we should clearly not vote for them either.
Yes, it’s okay to be American and be Christian.
There is no War on Christmas.
Thank the separation of church and state for that.