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June 28, 2013

Never Asking the Right Questions

Filed under: History,Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 2:06 pm
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According to a 2013 poll by YouGov, slightly more than a third of all Americans would like to see Christianity made the official religion of their state. Over half of Republicans support such a policy. Now obviously the Federal Constitution forbids the establishment of a federal religion, but the states are not so banned from doing so.

So, is this a good idea? I think the support from even the people mentioned above would vanish if the right questions were asked. For example:

1.   Should Catholicism be adopted as our state’s religion?

2.   Should Southern Baptist Christianity be adopted as our state’s religion?

3.   Should Mormonism be adopted as our state’s religion?

4.   Should Unitarianism be adopted as our state’s religion?

5.   Should  the Muslim Faith be adopted as our state’s religion?

6.   Should Judaism be adopted as our state’s religion?

7.   Should Methodism be adopted as our state’s religion?

8.   Should  the Church of God be adopted as our state’s religion?

9.   Should Buddhism be adopted as our state’s religion?

10. Should Hinduism be adopted as our state’s religion?

11. Should Sikhism be adopted as our state’s religion?

12. Should Taoism be adopted as our state’s religion?

13. Should Native American Religions be adopted as our state’s religion?

14. Should Pentecostalism be adopted as our state’s religion?

15. Should Jehovah’s Witnesses be adopted as our state’s religion?

. . .

The first thing would happen is myriad complaints about “their religion” not being on the list (there are so many). Then there would be no single one getting even ten percent of the vote.

You see, these polls think that three-quarters of Americans are “Christians,” but in reality one third of those are “Catholics” and most of the rest are “Protestants.” But there are literally thousands of different Protestant sects. Which one will be chosen do you think?

The next section of the poll should deal with what special rights people of that faith will be given . . . what, you don’t think special rights will be granted to those possessing the state’s faith? If not, what is having a state religion for? If there are no special rights, it will be like being the state bird or the state rock, a distinction without meaning. When the Constitution was written, many states/colonies had state religions. The prime plum of having that status was financial support from the state. The state used it’s taxing authority to, in effect, collect tithes.

Stop with the stupid “Christian Nation” polls and ask the right questions, starting with “If we were to be declared a Christian Nation, what denomination of Christianity would that be and what privileges would that status convey?

Revolutionary evangelicals knew the value of not having state supported religions, because if you weren’t “in” you would probably be forever “out.”

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2 Comments »

  1. Wickedly ingenious!

    Comment by john zande — June 28, 2013 @ 4:21 pm | Reply


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