I came across this article on Newsvine about a month ago and found it quite irritating. In particular this part:
Yes, you are outsiders. Go start your own damn country. This one was started by Christians, you puerile dimwits. It is Christians who established and largely Christians who fought and died to maintain the freedoms you enjoy. And Christians are still the majority.
Not only is this inherently (and extremely) un-Christlike, it's just pure ignorant. A fair share of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were, in fact, atheists or at least agnostic. You don't see the bible quoted anywhere in the DoI, in fact, we have freedom of religion. The people who came here and founded this country were running from a government that was ran by religion and wanted to escape that. A major tenant of Christianity is evangelism. So, if we were indeed intended to be a Christian nation shouldn't we expect to at least see some scripture in the DoI (or any of the founding documents), or how about the Ten Commandments? Yet we see none of these and in fact, no mention of religion at all. The Declaration refers to “Nature’s God,” “Creator,” and “Divine Providence.” However it's important to note that Thomas Jefferson, the author of the DoI, was in fact a deist and very much opposed to many traditional Christian beliefs, including supernatural entities. So it's safe to say he wasn't speaking of the god in the bible.
This is to say that implying that this country was started by Christians is pure ignorance. Sure Christians are the majority but this doesn't grant them special benefits over non believers or people of other faiths. Nearly 64% of Americans are "white" but they don't have special privileges over people of other races, why should Christians be any different? A white man would be labeled as a racist bigot if he proclaimed that people of other races should, "Go start your own damn country. This one was started by whites. It is whites who established and largely whites who fought and died to maintain the freedoms you enjoy. And whites are still the majority." Yet somehow, this person can write an article saying all of these same things (just replaced whites with Christians) and be openly praised by people of faith. Hypocrisy anyone?
It is worth mentioning one more time that this entire article completely flies in the face of everything that Jesus taught. I couldn't imagine the Jesus portrayed in the bible on a bad day saying something like, "You are outsiders. Go start your own damn country." These people pick and choose what they want out of this 2,000+ year old book for the sole purpose of making it fit whatever agenda they have at the time, whether or not the agenda appears righteous in nature. Any time a scientist is even thought to pick and choose data to fit his agenda he is immediately black balled and Christians take this opportunity to chastise the entire scientific community. More hypocrisy.
In the end, as I said this article was irritating but in no way was it shocking which is quite sad honestly. I'm used to this kind of talk from the religious right but that doesn't mean I accept it. I will speak out against it and point to the blatant hypocrisy every chance I get and I encourage you to do the same. Stand up for your beliefs (whether or not we share them) and don't be afraid to voice your opinions!