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A Christian Nation? Ahh, no.

In watching the run up to the political primary season, I have heard this phrase, “…a Christian nation…” tossed around more often than normal. While it is used with (alarming) regularity outside of political season, it seems that the current crop of GOP presidential candidates, along with the Tea Party types, are overly fond of this idea. But, while I understand this may be difficult to hear, we are NOT a Christian nation. We are strongly and completely a secular nation.

Before anyone starts quoting me the personal religious backgrounds of our Founders, let me say this: I don’t care. The personal religious life of the Founding Fathers is entirely irrelevant as to the question of our political system. But, what IS helpful is taking a look at our founding document and seeing how those values and laws match up with Christian values. For today, let’s take a look at the Bill of Rights. I won’t insult anyone’s intelligence by explaining what the Bill of Rights is. Further, if you made it through school and don’t know, well, you’re doing it wrong.

Let us begin:

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