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Letter: Are we a Christian nation? Not constitutionally

By Linda Henle, Worthington The quotes from a recent Daily Globe letter to the editor (March 8) are not from the Constitution, but rather from the Declaration of Independence. These include "appealing to the Supreme Judge of the Word" and "Divine...

By Linda Henle, Worthington

The quotes from a recent Daily Globe letter to the editor (March 8) are not from the Constitution, but rather from the Declaration of Independence. These include “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the Word” and “Divine Providence.” The Declaration of Independence is a historical document with no rule of law. It was a document approved by 13 colonies to declare their independence from British rule.
The Constitution is the rule of law. The Constitution does not state the U.S. is a Christian nation. The words, “Jesus, Christ, Christianity, Bible, Creator, Divine, and God” are never mentioned. Nor does it mention any references to Catholics, Muslims, Jews, etc. The Constitution does state “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” The first amendment forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.
The Lemon Test that details requirements for legislation concerning religion:
1) The statue must not result in “excessive government entanglement” with religious factors and include:
a. Character and purpose of the institution benefited.
b. Nature of aid the state provides.
c. Resulting relationship between government and religious authority.
2) The statue must not advance nor inhibit religious practice.
3) The statute must have a secular legislation purpose.
If any of these tests are violated, the government’s action is deemed unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
While the letter’s authors denied using any right-wing media influences, I encourage readers to the dozens of websites that use some of the same references as our authors. Readers can find these articles using the following in your search engine: “America’s Most Biblically Hostile U.S. President.” These Christian articles basically repeat the same accusations against President Obama.

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