In another case of politicians spewing words that are later “misinterpreted,” Sen. John McCain angered Muslim and Jewish groups Oct. 1 with his comments about the United States being a “Christian Nation.”
What I want to ask Sen. McCain is where in the Constitution it is written, because McCain seems to think that “the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian Nation.” I’ll admit that, many of our forefathers who wrote the Constitution may have been Christian, but I do believe that there’s a little deal in that document explaining the need for the separation of church and state. And when we have a presidential candidate saying outright that he “prefers” that the president of the United States be Christian, I think that undermines all that our country stands for.
What happened to wanting an effective president, no matter his or her religious views? I would hope that presidents would set aside their own personal views and make their decisions based on what is right for their citizens. I have no problem with McCain “preferring” a Christian president, because that’s his choice, but to publicly state that just shows me how little he seems to care about keeping religion from hindering important national decisions.
To say that the U.S. is a “Christian Nation” seems to me a very narrow-minded statement.Anyone who knows anything about the U.S. knows that it is unique in that it is has more diversity than any other country in the world. We are so lucky to be able to welcome people from so many different cultures and beliefs and I believe that diversity only makes our nation stronger.
The U.S. is in no way a “Christian nation,” because that would mean that every person living in this country who doesn’t share the Christian faith doesn’t belong, a very prejudiced idea in my opinion.
McCain argued that the U.S. was founded on Judeo-Christian values such as human dignity and human rights. Is this what makes us a “Christian nation,” is McCain saying that no other religion holds these same values?
By the way, other religions existed before Christianity, so is McCain stating that the values of human dignity and human rights hadn’t been established by any other religion until Christianity?
We are living in the 21st century, and I believe it is way past the time when we should have accepted certain inevitable changes in our nation. Besides the sexism and racism that should be long extinct, prejudices toward religion need to end as well.I would advise McCain study up on other religions, just so he doesn’t seem so ignorant in thinking that a person of a religion different from his own may not serve the nation as well as a Christian would.