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Your Opinion: U.S. formed as Christian nation

Your Opinion: U.S. formed as Christian nation

November 2nd, 2011 by Steve Sampson, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Can America still be called a Christian nation? It is certainly a more religiously pluralistic and diverse society than it was during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. There are increasing numbers of non-Christians immigrating to this country, and there has been a rapid rise in adherents to Islam among our population. There are millions of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Shintoists, Unitarians, Hindus, Wiccans, Naturists, Agnostics, and Atheists, but Christians comprise roughly 84 percent of the population.

Our constitutional legal system is still based on the Jewish/Christian Bible, not the Koran or other holy book. We still observe Sunday, the Christian Sabbath, as an official holiday. Easter and Christmas still have a special place in the holiday lexicon.

The Ten Commandments are still on the wall behind the Supreme Court Justices when they take the bench. Our coins still display the motto "In God We Trust." The US is still firmly part of a Western civilization fashioned by a Judeo-Christian religious ethic and heritage.

Alexis de Tocqueville observed more than a century and a half ago, "There is no country in the world, where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America."

That is still true today. We live, not under a Christian government, but in a nation where all are free to practice their particular religion, in accommodation with other religions, and in accordance with the basic principles of the nation, which are Christian in origin. It is in that sense that America may properly be referred to as a Christian nation.

Try to practice your Christian beliefs in another country such as Iran, but you Mr. Edwards are not a Christian are you? Which country is it again where the government wants to kill a pastor that has converted to Christianity from Islam?

We in the USA, don't go around killing those that convert to other non-Christian religions, like many throughout the rest of the world. There are so many examples of our great nation being formed a Christian nation and then becoming the defender of real freedom throughout the world, which can't be disputed, but some will still try.