Is America a Christian Nation or not?

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By George Miller

When we publish something that someone wrote about America being a Christian nation, we sometimes get both fan mail and criticism. The fans, of course, enthusiastically agree. The critics often claim that the USA is not a Christian nation, that the Declaration of Independence no longer applies, the Constitution doesn’t recognize God and in fact mandates separation of church and state.

It is interesting that a Google search of the article title has the first pages mostly full of vehement denials.

But:

  1. The USA was founded upon Christian- maybe more accurately- Judeo-Christian principles and is loaded with Christian artifacts. If you don’t believe me, look it up. Try watching the movie Monumental.  Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were ordained ministers and/or strong Christians.
  2. The Declaration of Independence is one of our founding documents and still very much applies. It provides the case for the nation’s very existence.  It makes multiple references to the deity.
  3. The Constitution doesn’t specifically refer to God, but Christian principles are embedded in it.
  4. There is no  constitutionally-mandated “separation of church and state.”  Here is the applicable Constitution First Amendment of 1791:

Amendment I:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Since the nation is composed of people of many theologies/religions (the two are not the same)- or no theology/religion- it wouldn’t be appropriate to have government instruction on just one. It is most appropriate for people to secure their own instructions, to their own preferences. That also helps ensure that the government can’t slant the message. However, there should be no problem in teaching the facts on how the USA came to be as it is– and Christianity had a lot to do with it. 

Some critics also rail about the evils of the USA and even blame Christianity for some of them. Some evils certainly exist but might be more attributable to ignoring or twisting Christian principles.


George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard. He has been a sea kayaker for 25 years.


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2 Responses to Is America a Christian Nation or not?

  1. Theologian July 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

    It needs to be pointed out the founding fathers use of the word “Religion” is EXCLUSIVELY Christian.

    The 1st amendment was added to protected the practice Christianity as conscience dictates. All other “religions” were viewed as pagan and false, and do not have constitutional protection in America. This is why enemies of Christianity have changed the meaning of “religion”, so now all is Caesar worship.

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  2. William Hicks July 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I see no religious litmus test, but our Government is set up with all the aspects of the Judaeo Christian view of God:

    1) Law Maker – Congress
    2) Just – Judicial Branch
    3) Enforcer of Law and Justice – Executive

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