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Is America a Christian nation?

The Signers would praise North Dakota today

Comments from the Founders say that it is.

In the fall of 2010, not only did President Obama state that the United States was not a Christian nation; he also left out a few crucial words when he quoted from our Declaration of Independence. He said:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are equal with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Of course, these are not the words Thomas Jefferson wrote when he penned the Declaration of Independence. He wrote the following words (the ones in bold print are the ones Obama left out):

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

For those of us who understand and value our history, it becomes imperative that we be able to understand and defend the Judeo-Christian principles this country was founded upon – that is if we wish to keep it Judeo-Christian. While throughout this article we will be referring to this country as being “Christian” it is necessary to understand that the Christian principles being discussed were first established in the Mosaic code. Therefore, while it is more accurate to say this is a Judeo-Christian nation, the common terminology is to refer to the United States as a Christian nation. It is the term our founders used and it will be the term used in this article, with proper acknowledgment being given that these principles were established in the Torah well before the advent of Christianity,

The New Jersey Supreme Court Disses George Washington

In August 2009, the Sussex County Tea Party Patriots sponsored a Committee to Recall Senator Robert Menendez and subsequently filed a notice to recall the Senator in accordance with NJ laws. After two court cases, including a unanimous decision by the Appellate Division in favor the Recall Committee and a NJ Supreme Court 4-2 decision in favor of Menendez, the Committee had intended to take this battle all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the legal battle rendered the case moot because existing time constraints would not have allowed the recall to proceed regardless of the decision. While the legal battle may have been interesting, a possibly more important battle has slipped under the public radar screen.

When court cases like this, challenge the Constitution, judges usually place great importance on the intention of the founders. Many are familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists in Connecticut who were trying to establish a state religion. In that letter Jefferson stated that there was a “wall of separation between church and state.” Lawyers and judges often refer to this case and give it substantial weight in determining the intentions of our founders in church/state matters. But Jefferson wrote this letter ten years after the Constitutional Convention—and he was in France while the Convention took place.