The Miami Herald lately put out an Editorial Opinion on the query of whether or not America is a Christian nation. Their conclusion? “The USA is a secular nation with no official faith, so the reply is No.”
However the publication’s cheeky try at rhetorical gymnastics bends the reality, and in actuality, their place on the difficulty is not any completely different than many facetious conservatives who rail “America is a Republic not a Democracy.”
In fact, within the technical sense, America will not be a Democracy, however the USA is a democratic nation. In the identical means, the USA will not be a “Christian” nation by way of regulation, however actually by way of tradition (though that isn’t to recommend the founders thought religion to be irrelevent in authorities, with the phrase “a agency reliance on divine windfall” a significant aspect of the Declaration of Independence).
When polling is analyzed, it’s clear to see that the Miami Herald is simply plain improper on the numbers. Even though extra folks now fall into the secular class than ever, a whopping 69% of People determine as Christian in accordance with a 2020 Gallup ballot.
Furthermore, the Miami Herald as soon as once more arrived at two extra eroneous conclusions by not solely linking white supremacy to protestantism as a complete, however stating that People possess a “nostalgia for our “Anglo-Protestant” previous — and white supremacy.”
First, the identical Gallup ballot reveals a plurality of Christians categorize themselves as Protestants, removed from being a characteristic of the traditional previous. Second, most African People determine within the Protestant column, and most of the nice civil rights and abolitionist actions derived from Protestant religion communities.
On condition that file, our nation wants extra religion, not much less. We are saying, “Onward, Christian troopers!”