I must admit that when I first learned President Obama stated the “we do not see ourselves as a Christian nation” I was quite distressed. Why would he say this during Holy Week while in a predominately Muslim nation?
I kept asking myself, what was the point? The two conclusions my feeble mind deduced is he is either pandering or he is making a proclamation.
Was he just pandering to the Muslims, Agnostics, Atheists, secularists, etc? This is certainly possible. He spent most of the week in Europe pandering by apologizing for American arrogance. His perception not mine!
If this was the case, again what was the point? Are the militant Muslims going to like us better? Are the radical atheists and secularists going to exhibit less vitriol towards Christianity?
The President is more naïve than even I think he is, if he believes making this statement will help us to all just get along.
Why would he feel the need to downplay his nation’s historical roots? This is a nation that was settled by those seeking religious freedom. And yes, almost all of those early settlers seeking religious freedom were some form of Christian sect.
Religious freedom is, or at least has been constitutionally protected in the United States! Although Christians in America are being increasingly tread upon.
We need not look to far and wide in many Muslim countries to understand there is an extreme lack of religious freedom and tolerance. In many of these countries they will persecute and perhaps kill you if you are another faith. Muslim sects will kill each other over their beliefs.
I know you secularists and atheists are jumping up and down saying centuries ago Christians have persecuted and killed non-believers and those of varying Christian sects. There is no denying that historical fact. But it has not been the case in the United States of America!
If President Obama was pandering what did he hope to accomplish? Share with me your thoughts.
My other thought is Obama was making a Presidential Proclamation. Declaring to all the world that the United States was not a Christian nation. This has no historical basis, and would serve as a departure.
Albeit, it is a departure that has been building for the past couple of generations. It reminds me of the Emancipation Proclamation. This nation struggled with the scourge of slavery for two or three generations. President Lincoln finally ended slavery with his proclamation.
President Lincoln’s proclamation was just and long overdue. If President Obama statement was a proclamation I feel tread upon!
I know, I know you secularist and atheists out there are again jumping up and down out there. You are screaming how it is just not true that most of the founding fathers were not Christians. But this is simply not true!
Let’s just lift a few quotes, as a representative sampling, from those that are considered deists or secularists:
“ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
• “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
–John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress
“ God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” –Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech
“ Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Source: October 12, 1816. The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay,
“ The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend to all the happiness of man.”
“Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as that of Jesus.”
"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus."
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]`
Excerpt from Supreme Court Ruling Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 457 (1892)
“But, beyond all these matters, no purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. This is historically true.”
For those you that still doubt Christianity in America let me invite you to this site from the Library of Congress. Click Here.
If this was a Presidential Proclamation then I reject it. I will not be tread upon. It’s time for the Christian community to rise up and not take it any more. What do you think?
Happy Easter, from a citizen that does consider this a Christian nation.