Francis Galton, the English eugenicist who wrote extensively on the relation between intelligence and social class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Is the US a Christian nation? Many on the Right insist that we are a Christian nation because most of the Founding Fathers were Christians and the founding documents refer to God. However, true Christians are judged by God as to how well they treat the poor among them. Using that standard, we are becoming a less Christian nation by the day and hour. GOP members of Congress are working to shred the safety net, permitting the poor and less advantaged among our citizens to fall by the wayside. Their program is called social Darwinism and it’s been tried before, both in England and here in the US. The government will guarantee an embryo’s right to life, but from the moment of the birth, the newborn is on his/her own. Nothing is guaranteed thereafter. If you succeed, it is by your efforts alone and you get to keep all the rewards. If you fail, it’s your own fault and government will not help, unless you employ lobbyists to help write the laws. We don’t want failures in our midst, contributing their genes to the gene pool. The country is stronger and better off without them. The sooner they disappear the better.
- A Christian Nation? (baltopalian.wordpress.com)
Christian rules (Photo credit: Matt Paish 2011)
Is the US a Christian nation? If you surveyed church goers, most would say that we are a majority Christian nation. However, there are millions of Americans who profess another faith or no faith at all. I think that we can gauge how Christian a nation we are by how we treat non-Christians. The US Constitution, under the first amendment, specifies that there will be no established, state sponsored, religion. The oath of allegiance and our currency contain “under God“, but do not specify whose God, the Christian God or another religion’s. Part of our current problems in the US, IMHO, is that one party, the GOP, wants to take back the country. By that they mean take back the country to a time when minorities knew their place, there were fewer people of color, one bread-winner in a family was sufficient and when there were fewer members of other religions within the US.
NRA Headquarters, Fairfax Virginia USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When we judge by appearances or some other easily identified characteristics, we are stereotyping and not really thinking. When we judge someone by religion,or skin color or mode of speech or language or clothing or occupation, we are not thinking. We are prejudging or stereotyping other people.
Not everyone who wears a hoodie is a thug.
Union members are workers just like you and me.
Community organizers are people helping people who need help to cope with the system.
Not all members of the NRA are gun nuts.
Most Muslims love their neighbors as much as Christians do.
Not everyone in the financial services industry is a crook.
Most politicians are honest.
Socialism comes in varying degrees.
Communism exists in pure form only in Cuba. Who is afraid of Cuba?
Muslims and Christians united for Egypt by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is easier to condemn than to understand.
It is easier to hate than to love.
True Christians love all humanity. They do not limit their love to other Christians or a certain denomination. It is not Christian to hate Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists or atheists.
Judge not that you be not judged and found wanting.
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Photo of the First Congregational Church of Ceredo, West Virginia. The photo was taken from across 1st Street West at the intersection with C Street (). The building was constructed in 1886 and the church is a member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My father was a non-practicing member of the Lutheran Church and my mother was a committed member of a Congregational Church. I attended a few Lutheran services and daily vacation bible classes, and I attended Congregational services at the youth level until I graduated from high school. Then I stopped attending church.
I consider myself an agnostic because I do not know whether or not God exists. An atheistic knows or thinks he/she knows. I do believe in much of the Christian code for living. I moved away from the Congregational Church of my mother’s faith because there was too much guilt. The Lutheran Church to my youthful eyes seemed old-fashioned. I am not in the market for a religion at this point in my life, but if I were, I would be looking for these criteria: a pacific religion, one not supporting war. I would also insist on a religion that did not judge people here on earth. There is plenty of time later for judgement after death.
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