Doug Giles’s latest article arguing that America is a Christian nation consists mostly of cribbing quotes from an overtly biased organization that wishes to impose Christian dogma by force of law in such areas as “marriage, abortion, education, public morality, gambling, [and] parental rights.”
The rest of his article consists of snarky, juvenile commentary. I wonder only why Town Hall, a “conservative” outfit, sees fit to publish such claptrap.
Giles establishes that many of America’s founders were Christian and promoted religion. But nobody doubts that fact. Nor does it make America a “Christian nation” in any non-trivial sense of the term. Like fellow columnist David Limbaugh, Giles makes no effort to show how the Bible supposedly laid the groundwork for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution — because the Bible does no such thing.
Giles conveniently omits the fact that John Adams’s signature appears beneath the claim, “The Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” Giles skips the fact that both Jefferson and Madison took pains to separate church and state, that Jefferson advocated a “wall of separation between church and state,” and that Jefferson wrote his own Bible that omitted the miraculous birth and resurrection of Jesus.
There is no Easter, by Jefferson’s account. Instead, his Gospel ends, “There laid they Jesus, And rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.”