A Christian Nation, Or Not?

In his dreams:

Barack Obama told an audience in Turkey today that the US is not a Christian nation.
Sean Hannity aired the video on his show:

We’re just a hodgepodge nation of random ideas and talking points.
Maybe Reverend “G-Damn AmeriKKKa” Wright taught him that.

Someone needs to send Obama Newt’s book- Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation’s History

Legal Insurrection points out that Passover week might not be the best time of year to hammer on Christians and Jews, and that the decline of Christian America isn’t exactly a good thing:

Newsweek magazine’s cover proclaims The Decline and Fall of Christian America, while the article inside the cover proclaims The End of Christian America. The substance of the article doesn’t really prove the headline, but the goal of whichever editor wrote the headline is clear: The undeniably Christian nature of this country is coming to an end, and that’s a good thing.

The Newsweek headlines are consistent with the pervasive hostility of the liberal media, legal, artistic and entertainment elites towards Christianity in general, and any concept of this country being a “Christian Nation.” Mocking Christianity and the Christian foundation of this country is not just acceptable, it is a path to fame. Mock Islam, and you may get killed; mock Judaism, and you will be criticized; but mock Christianity, and you will get a show at an art gallery, an award from a civil liberties union, and bragging rites at a DailyKos convention.

Camille Paglia sums it up as only she can:

“Yes, something very ugly has surfaced in contemporary American liberalism, as evidenced by the irrational and sometimes infantile abuse directed toward anyone who strays from a strict party line. Liberalism, like second-wave feminism, seems to have become a new religion for those who profess contempt for religion.”

A second, and parallel, theme also emerged during Barack Obama’s tour of Europe. Not only is the United States not a Christian Nation, it is not exceptional. We are at best just one equal nation among many, and our sins are so great that we, and we alone, must apologize to others. And if this apology requires that the President bow down to a monarch whose country does have a state religion, so be it.

The emergence and strength of these two themes, the disdain of Christianity and the denigration of American exceptionalism, are dangerous. As a Jew, I am glad that I live in this exceptional Christian Nation. Outside of Israel, there is no place where Jews are more accepted. A Jew need not fear wearing a keepa (yarmulka) in public as one must in virtually every major European city, from London to Paris to Brussels.

While I do not underestimate the depth of anti-semitism which resides in some individuals, groups or institutions, this is not a nation which has known pogroms or nights of broken glass. To the contrary, this nation from its founding has welcomed its Jewish citizens. Reading George Washington’s Letter to the Touro Synagogue of Newport, Rhode Island, in 1790, brings tears to my eyes:

“May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.”

No country in the world has accepted Jews into its arms as has this Christian Nation. Although you wouldn’t know it from listening to the liberal intelligentsia which dominates so much of the dialog, hatred of Jews is not a threat in America. To the contrary, the only true threat is that Christian Americans love us so much. Intermarriage, not hate, is the single biggest threat to Jewish life in America, which says a lot about how much Jews have become interwoven with the fabric of this exceptional country.

He follows with several moving accounts of heroic Christians who risked life and limb to help Jews, and finishes with this:

I also think of the Harry Truman, the Christian American President who made the United States the first nation to recognize the State of Israel in 1948, and Richard Nixon, the Christian American President who saved the State of Israel with an emergency airlift of military supplies in 1973. Whatever personal sentiments these two men harbored regarding Jews, they stood with the Jews when it counted. And Christian American President after President has stood with Israel at the U.N. almost alone in the face of the world’s tyrants.

Tonight is the first night of Passover, which commemorates the exile of the Jews from Egypt, and celebrates freedom. One of the key sections from the Passover Haggadah warns of the dangers in the world:

For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!

Nothing has changed in thousands of years. They still rise up in every generation to destroy us, but this time the names are not Haman or Adolf, but Mahmoud and Osama. And on this earth, it will be Christian Americans almost alone who will stand with us.

I’m reminded of the bumper sticker from the 1960’s: “If you hate cops, next time you are in trouble call a hippie. ” Jews, of all people, should not wish too hard for The End of Christian America. There is no one else to call.

So particularly at this Passover time, we should not wish too hard for the End of Christian America. We might just get it.

Wise words for all Americans to keep in mind. There may be some differences between Christians and Jews, but there are many, many similarities, and we are brethren in life and faith. The Bible is quite clear that our pasts and futures are bound together.

But the question remains: despite its falsehood, why is Obama making this assertion? Is he deliberately trying to secularize America, even if his words aren’t accurate? While it’s true that America is a melting pot — one of its strong suits, to be sure — it is also true that essentially all of the Founders were of the Judeo-Christian persuasion or at least acknowledged the hand of God in this nation’s founding. It is also true that a majority of the American people consider themselves to be of the Judeo-Christian persuasion, as well. So where is this coming from?

I can think of three explanations. First, that he is simply speaking the words his audience wants to hear…he did it all through the campaign, and he’s done it ever since he got into office. In this case, he’s talking to secular Muslims in Turkey, so it’s only natural that he would say what he thinks they want to hear.

Second, he realizes that in order to bring about his socialist vision for America, he must first neutralize the conservative, traditional roots of the country. The typical conservative or traditionalist also typically subscribes to the Judeo-Christian viewpoint. Thus, to demoralize and tear down his political opponents, he’s using the bully pulpit of the Presidency to try to persuade them that they are a dwindling minority.

Third, that he’s jealous. He is, after all, the Obamessiah. If there’s one thing about any deity — real or imagined — they tend to be pretty damned jealous.

Maybe it’s a combination of all three.

There’s my two cents.

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