Hands down, Jimmy Carter is the best American former president that this country has ever had. Perhaps being an ex-president makes it easier for him to say the things that really need to be said from the vantage point that office brings. He is no longer burdened with mass appeal for political purposes versus the reality of life in a diverse, large country such as America….yet he still finds a way to say the things that need to be said, that we as a country need to hear but yet not in a harsh, scathing way that evangelism often lends itself to. His latest pronouncements can be read here but this is the one quote I salute him for
The recent publicity about mistreatment of black people in the judicial and police realm has been a reminder that the dreams of the civil rights movement have not been realized. Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.
Those feelings of superiority are now known as white privilege and Mr. Carter has put his hand on the crux of what is still ailing this country.
The US is awash in people who are mistaken in the belief that America was founded as a Christian nation, some even saying the Judeo-Christian ethic is the standard by which the country governs and conducts itself to the exclusion of other faiths. We’ve written about that here a time or two and demonstrated that nothing could be further from the truth. A more recent article affirms that and can be found here.
Not once does the U.S. Constitution or any of its amendments use the words Christian or Christianity. The only times the word religion is used in the Constitution is in the prohibition of a religious test to run for public office and in the First Amendment, forbidding any limits on the free practice of religion.
Yet 53 percent of Americans believe the United States was established as a Christian nation.
Today’s misconception about the United States as a Christian nation, of course, is not the only example of Americans failing to live up to the founding ideals.
The Baptists and the Quakers suffered severe persecution in Colonial days. The Roman Catholics and Mormons were the targets of persecution in the 19th Century, and the Jehovah Witnesses and Christian Scientists were demonized in the 20th Century. The bias against Muslims has become the challenge of the 21st century.
It’s clear the argument that America is a Christian nation is a means by which people can deny those who don’t fall under the appellation “Christian” their God given right to live in peace in America. In an earlier post we’ve shown how the “Christian” disease can spread and engulf victims that were once considered a part of the Judeo-Christian ethic further underscoring the destructive nature of the argument. America has always been a place where people who valued freedom of expression settled to live peacefully and even at times tumultuously with their neighbors, without fear of being denied the freedoms they cherished without due process. That should not change in today’s climate, all the race-baiting and homophobic clamoring to the contrary. America is a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Wicca, atheist nation united by a rule of law that says any expression is allowed and cannot be limited, censored, altered by the State. Leave it at that America; don’t tread on the rights of any of your Citizens!
Below are two of my favorite signs from this past weekend’s event in Washington, DC. the rally for fear or something like that. The meaning of the rally’s name escapes me right now; I think it was in reaction to Beck’s rally earlier of tea party supporters, and no, I’m not gonna’ get into the numbers game either. Of the two rallies, I would hang out with the people at this latest one and the signs below point out why. For a full look at all the signs head over to HuffPost.