In an Aug. 10 article by Charles Haynes, he asks forgiveness for being snippy. It seems he assumes that he is the only one that has read the Constitution.
I will forgive his snippiness, but his glib, crass pomposity is a little more difficult to digest.
There are several glaring inconsistencies and contradictions in his article that should be noted.
First, I know of no well informed person — right, left, or upside down — that has said that America is a "Constitutionally Mandated Christian Nation."
His spin on the First Amendment is totally bogus. The statement that "this amendment was added to further ensure a fully secular state with a guarantee of religious freedom for all." No one, unless they crawled out from under a rock, is going to believe that a fully secular nation is going to guarantee religious freedom for all.
The truth is that America "was" established by men who believed that faith in Jesus Christ, and the Word of God, the Bible, was the strongest underpinning that any nation could have. Although there were diversity of views on some issues the founders were all in agreement on these principles.
If Mr. Haynes would have bothered to read the words of these great men, he would have found them all solidly behind establishing a nation whose foundation rested upon God and his word.
In closing, although I am leaving much to be said, I'll leave these thoughts. The first paragraph labels those who are "peddling the myth that America was founded as a Christian nation." I say to Mr. Haynes and all those with his mindset, yes, America has been thought of as a Christian nation.
When the principles of Christianity predominated, we didn't have abortion legalized, so called gay marriage, spiraling divorce rates, epidemic drug usage, the raw sewage of rampant pornography, school shootings, etc.
So, Mr. Haynes, welcome to the wonderful non-Christian state of utopia of America, a nation that is rapidly losing her soul. Here, where freedom of religion has come to mean freedom from religion, except of course Eastern religions, Islam, Wicca, etc.
These two verses from God's word, the Bible, express God's view of a nation. Psalms 9:17, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Also, Psalms 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, exiled Russian author, when asked what happened to his country, replied, "They forgot God."
May God help us all,
Rev. Allen Shortridge