The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 10, 2013

Letter: Is America a Christian nation?

Enid News & Eagle

— In reference of two recent religious opinionated letters to the editor, many have the idea that the Mayflower Compact was the prelude to the Constitution. It was not. It did influence English Parliament and our U.S. Congress.

The U.S. Constitution is a secular document. It begins “we the people,” no mention of “God” or Christianity. The only references to religion are exclusionary, such as “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust,” Article Six.

Reference to nature’s God, creator and divine providence in the Declaration of Independence do not endorse Christianity.

Thomas Jefferson, a deist, opposed orthodox Christianity and the supernatural. Check out the Jefferson New Testament Bible!

The Presidential Oath of Office, the only oath detailed in the Constitution, does not contain the phrase “so help me God” or any requirement to swear on the Bible.

There are groups that would impose their narrow morality on the rest of us, resisting women’s rights, the freedom for religious minorities and unbelievers, gay and lesbian rights and civil rights for all. History shows us that only harm comes from uniting church and state.

America’s law is not based on the Ten Commandments. The first four are religious commands, having nothing to do with law or ethical behavior. Only three — homicide, theft and perjury — are relevant to law, and these have existed in cultures long predating Moses.

If Americans honored the commandment against “coveting,” free enterprise would collapse.

We still have prayer in schools, as long as it is not a captive audience. America has never been a Christian nation. We are a free nation.

There can be no religious freedom without the freedom to dissent.

Graham McIntyre