Let’s be real.

The United States is not a Christian nation. Do a majority of Americans identify as Christian? Yes, but don’t confuse that with the basis of the nation. This country was founded on religious freedom, not a sole belief system. John Adams, founding father, said in the Treaty of Tripoli “The United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

On paper, this nation was supposed to be one of religious and complete freedom. In reality, it seems to be fueled by a corrupted version of Christianity; the very thing the pilgrims were trying to escape.Today, God is just used to assert “traditional” views and shut down opposition because the big man said so.

“Religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together,” said James Madison. The separation of church and state includes not taxing churches and creating no law requiring one to follow a specific religion. Thankfully this holds true, but for how much longer? This brings us to the modern Republican party, or more so the “Religious Right.” Unfortunately, it seems as if this party has leached its way into Christianity, perverted it, and use it to justify their beliefs. One example is “The O’Reilly Factor’s” host Bill O’Reilly with his book “Killing Jesus,” which details the apparent downslope of America because Jesus doesn’t have a part in our government. This party uses their religion to argue against abortion, marriage equality, and other problems. One is entitled to their opinions, but one is not entitled to try to govern or limit a people by one’s religious beliefs.

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“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king,” 1 Peter Chapter 2.

Coming up, we’ll look at the perversion on the left side of politics.

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