Disciples the Constitutional Way

by Joel on November 29, 2004

George Barna is reporting that 66% of American evangelicals favor amending the U.S. Constitution to provide that Christianity is America’s official religion.

So much for my belief that Christ is looking for willing followers! Be a Christian or else!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

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Mark Byron 11.30.04 at 1:47 am

That last sentanse a bit of a stretch. I’d be in the 34% opposed, but even if that did pass, it’d be a reach to see active persecution at gunpoint of minority faiths. Plenty of European countries have state churches while still allowing for minority faiths; the other religions just don’t get any help.

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Bene D 11.30.04 at 2:04 am

Adding to Mark’s point, state religion’s haven’t been very fruitful.
Historically, how has this kind of decision on a federal government level been a good thing? And internal fallout is an unknown.

It could be a very internationally cohersive and divisive decision.
Americans basically already believe they live in a Christian nation. What benefit would there be to making it law?

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Mark Byron 11.30.04 at 3:00 am

I don’t see any benefit; the Supreme Court would shoot it down in nothing flat. You’d have to alter the First Amendment to allow for some sort of pro-Christian bias; try getting 38 states to sign off on that.

The history buffs would say that some bias was allowed for more than a century and that the Warren court screwed up the older meaning of the Constitution. That might be so, but the current court has followed suit and an amendment would be the only realistic way around it, if you wanted it changed (which, for the record, I’m not ready to do).

Here’s an answer that begs a post-what would such amendment look like?

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Bene D 11.30.04 at 4:24 am

As I check your response Mark, I’m watching a cross border CBC discussion on our countries, as we prepare to host your President. Many of the American audience popped over from Michigan.:^)

I can’t discuss First Amendment and Supreme Court decisions with clarity, but I wonder if the rest of the world believes that in the current climate the US would go ahead and do it regardless of it’s minorities.

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Joel Thomas 11.30.04 at 7:19 am

Mark,

Considering how many radio talk show hosts, including Oklahoma’s Michael DelGiorno, have skated close toward the line of inciting anti-Muslim violence, I think establishing Christianity as the official religion could do a lot of damage to freedom of religion.

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Richard 11.30.04 at 10:15 am

Surely the real danger doesn’t lie in constitutional amendments and courtrooms, but in the already-present certainty that USA=”God’s chosen people”. As you implied in your previous post, Jesus has been draped in the Stars and Stripes by many Christians whatever the constitution may say.

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Malc 11.30.04 at 4:32 pm

I thought that the Declaration of Independance seperated church from state allowing all men to be whatever faith they wished to be….?? If this is the case, I didn’t think that even Bush had the right to make changes to that.

Of course, I’m speaking from a country where we have bishops in the House of Lords and the national faith is Anglican. W-hoo!!!!

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Phillip Harrington 11.30.04 at 5:35 pm

“Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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