I cannot help but get quite angry when people proclaim America to be a Christian nation. In fact, I became inspired to write this blog entry because Fear God was trending on Twitter. America is absolutely and unequivocally not a Christian nation. Certainly much of our laws have roots in the Abrahamic religions but a Christian nation, we are not. America was supposed to be this great big bastion of religious freedom where you are free to practice some religion but not all. But I digress, this is about why America cannot claim to have an established religion.
To begin with, we have to look at the very founding tenets of Christianity which is charity and selflessness. America cannot call itself Christian while simultaneously stripping programs for those that need them and deriding the needy for being lazy. This runs antithetical to everything Jesus Christ, the historical figure, stood for. Sadly, Emma Lazarus’ quote, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” really never came to pass. We have, in our past, treated immigrants badly and we continue to do so into the future.
America is supposed to be about religious freedom which should easily be construed as the freedom to be without religion. If Christianity were truly about love thy neighbor, then we would welcome and respect people of all faiths. There would be no cause to insult and deride people like Ilhan Omar, a person of the Muslim faith. There would be no cause for anti-Semistism either. Instead, America is a nation of freedom with fairly stark caveats. You are free to practice religion but it had best be on the approved list, whatever arbitrary and capricious list that may be.
I chose atheism because I see religion being the root of most, if not all conflicts. The Crusades of the Middle Ages, the Protestants and the Catholics of Ireland, and the current crisis in Israel were/are all bound by belief in a being that does not exist. The psychology behind people willing to take up arms for belief in something mythical never seeks to amaze me.
If we were a true nation of Christianity (and not one of convenience), then we would have programs like Medicare For All. Homelessness would be relegated to the past and starvation would be nonexistent. But most invoke Christianity to justify or excuse their transgressions. Nothing like a mythical being to assuage their guilt. Commit horrible acts to your fellow human being, go to Confession, and magically be forgiven. Please let this sink in while you watch Fear God trending on Twitter; while you watch empty, hypocritical memes pop up by people professing to be religious while they would willingly pass a homeless person and not offer them bread.