Causes and ignorance, like drinking and driving, do not mix. Most people mean well, I believe, they just happen not to know what they’re talking about. Case in point: the “Tell Obama We Are A Christian Nation” page on causes.com.
All twelve and a half thousand people are sincere in their desire that the United States return to the Christian nation it once was. The problem? The U.S. was never a Christian nation at any point in its history, nor should it ever become one. In an 1814 letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper of Pennsylvania, former President Thomas Jefferson noted: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, part of the Common Law.”
Another Jefferson letter to the Danbury (CT) Baptist’s Association in 1802, written during his first term as President, reassured the association’s members their religious freedoms would be protected. That letter is the source of the oft repeated phrase: “…make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” which is the heart of the premise of Separation of Church and State and part of the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [source]
So, what of all the people wanting a return to Christianity? And I don’t mean only those on causes.com; that’s a single page on one web site. There are so many people desperately wanting a return to something that never was. Perhaps they would be better served now if they hadn’t been passing notes in their American Government classes or doodling on their book covers in History class.
Before you click that button, make sure you know what you’re “liking” or “joining.” You may think you’re letting people know you’re supporting a worthwhile cause, but We The People will think you’re an idiot.