A Christian nation

John McCain may not be your favorite candidate for president; he’s not mine (Rudy’s my man). But none can deny he is a man of decency, honor, and strong moral values. Some of those values are on display in an interview at Beliefnet. It is well worth your time, and it helps explain why, should he get the Republican nomination, I would work hard to get him elected.

One particular Q&A is worth repeating here:

Q — A recent poll found that 55 percent of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation. What do you think?

A — I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation. But I say that in the broadest sense. The lady that holds her lamp beside the golden door doesn’t say, “I only welcome Christians.” We welcome the poor, the tired, the huddled masses. But when they come here they know that they are in a nation founded on Christian principles.

This is exactly right. Not a Christian nation with any established church. Rather, “a nation founded on Christian principles.” A nation that welcomes all who do not seek to overturn that foundation.

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3 comments

  1. I agree that America was founded on Christian principles, so what do we do when there are American citizens who do seek to overturn those foundations? Most recently the flap in Michigan to take Christmas off the school calendar. It was only put back on with the concession that Ramadan be added…

    I am curious to your answer as I have none myself. It is truly a prickly issue.

  2. This case is easy — we don’t allow a minority to dictate to the majority, so long as the rights of the minority are protected.

    We all have the right to worship as suits our conscience, assuming, of course, that such worship doesn’t entail human sacrifice…

    What we (generally) don’t have is the right to not be offended. I may be offended by Ramadan’s premise, but so long as I am not required to observe it or suffer because of its observance, I don’t care about it.

    Muslims likewise have zero right to demand that Christians not observe our holidays if they are not required to observe them.

    And I don’t consider having a school or bank holiday to be a required “observation” of Christmas or Easter.

  3. I agree that we cannot allow a minority of people to dictate the actions of the majority. But the problem in my view is that the majority is so fearful of offending the minority that in effect the minority opinion controls. We need more people with backbones to stand up for what is right.

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