Christians and America's Religious Roots

Those who don't understand our Christian heritage are ignorant of the writings and actions of our founding fathers ["Obama Is Wrong When He Says We're Not a Judeo-Christian Nation," usnews.com].

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Those who don't understand our Christian heritage are ignorant of the writings and actions of our founding fathers ["Obama Is Wrong When He Says We're Not a Judeo-Christian Nation," usnews.com]. While they did not establish a theocracy they did in fact rely upon the principles of the Bible as they declared our independence and wrote the Constitution. As only one example, when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution the founders often called upon God to give them wisdom and guidance. Unfortunately our public education system has failed to teach the real history of the founding of our great nation. You take away the knowledge and understanding of our founding, and you weaken our future success. If you weaken the foundation how long will the building stand?

Comment by Robert Kolstee of VA

We, as a nation, have grown a bit. We have been exposed to many other religions since the inception of the nation. We know more about the Muslim faith than perhaps we ever wanted to. We have seen that the fundamentalist fervor is not dissimilar to some of the fundamentalism of Jews and Christians here, and none are pretty. We better understand that to reach agreements with people and to live in peace, we all must drop the dogma and thoughts of our own superiority. Looked at another way, the actual words attributed to Christ did not condemn gays, did not exclude women, and said nothing about abortion. Christ advocated the rich sharing their wealth with the poor. He advocated not striking back at those who strike you. Kind of a Communist hippy sort of guy, at any rate, certainly not an advocate of the old military industrial complex that seems to influence so much of what passes for politics today. So, although I do not believe that we are a Judeo-Christian nation, if we were to really follow Christ's teachings we might be very different from many whom today claim to be Christian.

Comment by Joan Dalton of GA

If we can put aside the extreme emotions on this subject for a moment: yes, we are a Judeo-Christian nation and Obama was pandering to Islam and world opinion in a most shameful fashion when he said we were not. Whether one is a Christian or a practicing Jew or not, or believes in or likes or dislikes either of those religions is irrelevant. What is relevant is that our culture—throughout our history—has been informed by and guided by Judeo-Christian ethics. Our founding fathers acted on principles from that ethical base; all our presidents, and most other political, educational, business, and philosophical leaders have been informed by and acted on that ethic, as have most of the "common people" (however imperfectly). We might be changing, but we cannot deny our past and present ethical foundation just because Obama and many others do not like it. In all that Obama has done and not done, and will do, this one act I think will outline forever his shallowness in history and the grave danger he poses to his country.

Comment by Jack Gregory of SC

The First Amendment to the Constitution reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercising thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, etc." That was because the pilgrims fled England because the Church of England was the government, and they could not worship as they pleased. So Mr. Obama was describing the founding principles of our democracy, as he was sworn to defend them. Rep. Randy Forbes [should] quit trying to defame the president by assuming we don't know what the First Amendment says.

Comment by W.L. Head of NC


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