I re-read the United States Constitution the other day -- it only takes 5 or 10 mintues and well worth it. Dunno if anyone here was aware of this, but interestingly enough, it doesn't mention Jesus. Who knew? And here I was actually believing those people *cough* Vera *cough* who keep on insisting that the United States is a Christian Nation.
The Constitution is the founding document that sets forth the governing principles of this country. All federal and states laws have to be in agreement with it. Simple so far, right? And the only places where the Constitution mentions religion - of any type - is in Article 6 ("...no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.") and in the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...").
How is that making the US a Christian Nation again?
And if it really were, why would Christianists be trying so hard to change the laws to make them more Biblical?
Anyone who wants to argue that the US is Christian because the Founders (or original citizens, or the Lost Tribes of Israel who were here first) were Christians is deluded. They're wrong. Let's put this in plain English. The personal beliefs of any of the Founders are absolutely irrelevant to the content of the Constitution. Doesn't matter if you're talking about personal thoughts about religion or translations of Vergil or whether dogs are better than cats - if they didn't put it in the Constitution, then it has nothing whatever to do with the laws and political structure of the United States.
And so freaking what if the majority of the citizens in this country were or are Christians? Custom is not law. And customs change. The US used to be a primarily agricultural country as well. That doesn't mean that we're a nation of farmers today, does it? We also used to be kinda in favor of exterminating the original inhabitants. And so on, and so on. Times change, the national character changes, and although history still casts its shadow and lurks in our cultural DNA, the United States is now a far more varied and non-dogmatic country than it used to be. As our founding document tells us we can be.
So get your ridiculous Ten Commandments monuments off my fucking courthouse lawn, all right?