Is America a Christian Nation Essay

2059 Words Nov 27th, 2012 9 Pages
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson wrote those words to express the emotions of a nation that desired freedom, and to shake the foundation of the British Empire. However, this simple, but eloquent phrase has sparked one of the greatest debates in American history. Is America a Christian nation? One question has divided the nation and its politicians since the founding and forming of America. This fiery debate has sparked more controversy than any other debate in modern politics. When the facts are analyzed and examined it points to the side that …show more content…
Once again, the evidence points to the founders trying to avoid the route of so many of the nations that came before them. In yet another attempt to make sure there was no national religion, the 1st Amendment to Constitution states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Clearly, the founders knew that establishing a national religion would result in the persecution of any other religion or belief system. Also, the establishment clause has been interpreted to mean there is a wall of separation between church and state, according to the Supreme Court. Even though this “wall” is not in the Constitution, it is implied through the 1st Amendment. Finally, the laws and fundamental beliefs were based off the ideas of John Locke and Greek philosophers. The argument that states that common law and the natural rights of man came from any type of religious belief system cannot be used. Therefore, the foundation of this country was not based on Biblical (or any other religious) standards, when it came to the policies and functions of the US government. If the laws and history of the founders point to a rejection of national religion, what about how they lived out these policies? What did their actions and writings say about how they intended to run America? When one looks at the founder’s polices and laws, it is

Related Documents