I hope most of you read [Tuesday's] letters to the editor, because if you have, you have been misinformed. Particularly the one letter in response to my own. I would like to talk to both the author of that letter, and all readers.
I'm sorry, I did not realize that you did not live in America. For you said that you lived in a Christian nation, which most certainly does not describe the USA.
The United States Constitution makes precisely one reference to any sort of deity: the date. Nowhere else in there does it say ANYTHING about God, Jesus, Christianity, or anything like that.
The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights states "Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof .... "
While it may be interpreted in different ways, Thomas Jefferson made the interpretation of the First Amendment as a "wall of separation between church and State."
The Treaty of Tripoli, made in the 18th century as an agreement between America and the Muslim pirates of the African coasts, is another example of an American document that denies America being a Christian nation. In fact, Article 11 outright contradicts that idea. "As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion...." That seems pretty clear to me.
Personally, I'm glad America is not a Christian nation. It would be a terrible place if it were. Christianity is a religion of ignorance, intolerance, and most of all hatred.
And for those of you who say "America is a Christian nation, if you don't like it leave," you would be sad if they took you up on your advice. America would lose over 10 percent of all its inhabitants, but not even 0.25 percent of its prisoners. The majority of scientists, professors, and Nobel Prize winners would also leave. America would be coupled with other countries with no atheism, such as Somalia, Tanzania, Yemen, Western Sahara, the Philippines, Romania, Pakistan, and Iran. Does that truly sound better to you?
I'm not saying that you shouldn't believe in something. I understand why you would want to. The idea that someone made all of this ... just for us ... it makes one feel special. But you should not use your belief to justify making other people unhappy and shoving things down other people's throats.
Also, as an experiment, watch the Rick Perry ad entitled "Faith." If it makes you sick, you'll see what's wrong with Christianity in government. If you agree with it, I'll see what's wrong with you.
Have a wonderful day!