Saturday, June 7, 2008

John McCain on America's "Christian" Origins

A few months ago, during the spirited season of Democrat and Republican primary debates, Senator John McCain was asked if he agreed with a recent poll which stated that 65% of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation. McCain responded by stating, "I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation." After the debate, McCain went on to say the following:

"I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles … personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith."

In response, the Jewish Defense League chided McCain's remarks, reminding him of the religious freedoms protected in the Constitution. The Muslim American Society also responded with harsh criticisms for the Arizona Senator, stating that such a reckless statement is not only hurtful, but also found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. McCain was reminded of Article 6, Section 3 of the Constitution, which states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

In the past, McCain has stated that his favorite Founding Father was John Adams. Perhaps he should revisit some of the comments Adams had in regards to the founding of this nation. After all, it was Adams that stated, “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion."

To read the entire article that criticizes McCain for his statements click here.

Here is McCain going on about America as a "Christian" nation. Unbelievable!

3 comments:

Pinky said...

You are touching on the important issue regarding the foundations of American society.
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I have been attending the Allen Guezlo** lectures provided by The Learning Company which are entitled, The American Mind.

I believe Professor Guezlo very clearly details the foundation on which our society is built.

And, I think it can be safely claimed that America was founded on a independence FROM Christianity or any other religion at all.
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(** Allen Guezlo, PhD, Professor of History at Gettysburg College)

Brian Tubbs said...

Lindsey, McCain's association of the Constitution with America as a "Christian nation" is indeed unbelievable.

However...McCain has every right to apply whatever standard HE wants in terms of who he'll vote for and how he'll vote. And he has every right to encourage others to vote that way. That's his freedom of speech.

Pinky said...

If this clip of McCain is indicative of his intelligence, I could beat him in a debate on the subject involved.
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If people decide to vote for him on the basis of such comments coming out of his mouth, they might end up getting what they deserve--another con artist in the White House.
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I'd sure like to see his opposition put that one on the various media.
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Is any intelligent person still going to vote for him?