September 12, 2007, - 1:51 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Most of the mainstream media is up in arms about a First Amendment Center poll showing that the majority of Americans (55%) believe that the Founding Fathers intended America to be a Christian nation.
USA Today “reporter” Andrea Stone, for instance, must think she doubles as an editorialist. Her report in today’s edition features loaded, biased opinions with words like “erroneous” (regarding most Americans’ belief) and “scariest” regarding other numbers in the poll.
Frankly, as a Jew, I’m glad most Americans believe America was intended to be a Christian nation. And unlike Ms. Stone, I’m not so sure this is an erroneous belief. While our Founding Fathers believed in freedom of religion, there’s no proof they did not see this as, ultimately, a Christian nation (and plenty of evidence that they did, indeed, envision a Christian nation). And while some, like Thomas Jefferson, are believed to have been close to atheism, most were devout Christian men who believed in the Judeo-Christian laws of the Bible and based our system of government and laws on them.
As one who sees the growing threat of Islam within our borders, I’m glad most Americans see us as a Christian nation. That means that, likely, most still believe strongly in Christianity. And that’s why our country is not yet in the position of Europe a/k/a Eurabia (a term coined by Bat Ye’or). Our strong Christian heritage is what has kept our country from heading down the Islamist path (so far). European nations have a strong atheist ethos, and that emptiness and nothingness is fast being replaced by an extremist belief in Allah.
Once we lose our Christian identity, we will lose our country. And I will lose my right to practice my Judaism freely.
So, I applaud the view shown by this poll. And, yes, I do believe the founders intended a Christian nation, where I can freely practice my non-Christian religion. I don’t believe they intended a European-style vacuum to be easily dominated and replaced by an extremist religion (Islam), which will not allow anything else to live, let alone flourish.
Moreoever, there is a backlash against those who continue to persecute Christianity in America, while they continue to push Islam on our public institutions:
More people, 43%, say public schools should be allowed to put on Nativity re-enactments with Christian music than in 2005, when 36% did.
Notice the word “Nativity.” We don’t want Mohammed displays and pretenses at Islam in our public schools. But those things are what’s happening, not the vilified, “nasty” N-word (Nativity), which, frankly, has far more basis in our country’s founding.
Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion. And it doesn’t mean freedom to push a barbaric religion shared by 19 hijackers on our public institutions, either.
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