A Christian nation we might want to be, but we’re not, not by a long shot. I don’t say this because, as teachers, we may not lead prayer in public schools. Neither do I say this because in some states it’s still legal for persons of the same sex to marry, or that Roe vs. Wade has yet to be overturned. I say this because all protestant denominations in this country are steadily loosing members, and the Catholics are just barely hanging on, mostly because of the steady growth of Hispanic immigrants, legal and otherwise (STATISTICS). The fastest growing religion in the United States, according to a Department of Defense publication is… brace yourself… Islam.
According to a Harper’s Magazine article, the Christian Paradox, dated August 2005, 85 percent of Americans claim to be Christian, while only 75 percent say they ever pray. Only 50 percent ever darken the door of a church, and only 33 percent can claim regular (more than once-in-awhile) church attendance. Only 40 percent can identify more than four of the Ten Commandments, and twelve percent actually believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. Christian nation? Give me a break!
I say that we are not a Christian nation also because too many of my brothers and sisters in this country think that discrimination is okay and that the Constitution should be ammended accordingly. Christian behavior? Not in my book.
If the current majority party in Congress becomes any more successful, the minority in this country, the so-called Moral Majority, will be dictating morality for all the rest of us, and it seems these days like we’re creeping up fast on that reality. Evangelical Christians are cranking up the “political” rhetoric as the November congressional elections draw near, and the Democratic Party is attempting to fight fire with fire. I can’t say as I blame them, but so much for the separation of church and state.
One often hears our more fundamental kin claim that the Founding Fathers were Christian. Well, “I hope both they and the people who say the Founders were all atheists or agnostics will do more reading,” says David Holmes, a church historian at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and author of The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. Neither side of this argument, so it seems, has history on their side. Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.
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