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Your Opinion: U.S. described as Christian nation

Your Opinion: U.S. described as Christian nation

September 24th, 2011 by Steve Sampson, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Mr. Smith, as one of the best presidents in my lifetime told Jimmy Carter, the second worst president in my lifetime, Obama being the absolute worst, "there you go again."

We in the United States do not live in a democracy; we live in a constitutional republic and have a representative form of government. We are "governed by laws and not by men," as John Adams once said. Your Sept. 20 rant in Your Opinion is another example of telling a lie often enough causing people to believe the lie rather than the truth.

On the USA being a Christian nation, Harry Truman told an attorney general's conference in 1950, "The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State."

Woodrow Wilson, in his election campaign for president, made the same point: "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about. America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the tenets of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture."

Our sixth president, John Quincy Adams said "From the day of the Declaration they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct."

There are many, many more quotes from our founding fathers and other individuals present at the founding of our nation that support the fact, that we are a Christian nation. There are some "crack pots" that dispute this, but the preponderance of evidence shows that we were and are a Christian nation.

In addition, painting born again Christians as part of R. J. Rushdoony's sect is like tagging you with being like-minded with Karl Marx.