Christian nation?

Christian rules

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.

Freedom of speech

Frederick Douglass Ambrotype, 1856

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The following quotation is from Freedom of Speech and the Press by Ian C. Friedman.

“In 1860, Frederick Douglass, a prominent speaker and writer and a former slave, addressed an audience in Boston a week after a mob in that city had disrupted a meeting held to discuss ways to end slavery in the South. With eloquent passion he stated: ‘Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power.'”

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Freedom of the press

English: Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Murdoch at t...

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Freedom of the press is guaranteed under the first amendment to preserve our freedoms and to preserve our democracy. It prohibits government censorship, but the danger now is self-censorship of the press, often at the instigation of the 1%. My solution to this danger to our freedoms and our democracy is to breakup the great concentrations of ownership in the media, and I would start with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

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