A lot of good stuff here,
The citations reflect the politics and piety of America less as a “Christian nation” than as a Protestant one where religious minorities — Baptists, Quakers, Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims — were often merely “tolerated” by a governmentally advantaged Protestant majority. Colonial politicos themselves differed on the appropriateness of such proclamations.
As Christian points out, John Adams (I keep wanted to write Adama) regretted calling a national fast, in part because it allowed the Presbyterians to marginalize other sects,
It was connected with the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church, which I had no concern in. That assembly has allarmed and alienated Quakers, Anabaptists, Mennonists, Moravians, Swedenborgians,Methodivsts, Catholicks, protestant Episcopalians, Arians, Socinians, Armenians, &c, &c, &c, Atheists and Deists might be added.
Leonard, comes to an end,
Since many of “The Response” sponsors want government out of multiple aspects of American life, why not start here? A religious community that benefits from one governor’s invitation today is only one election away from being on the outside tomorrow. Governmental sponsorship of one kind of prayer is a bad precedent. In the end, perhaps there really are no Christian nations, only Christian people, bound to Christ not by citizenship but by faith.
I agree. But, there are listens to learn from history, and not just ours. Many of the groups and people associated with those on stage with Rick Perry had declared war on Mainliners, Catholics, and the old Guard, even you Baptists. Remember, the family trees of these groups, and those with whom they associate with.
Will we see history repeating itself?
- The Slide to Perdition (pacificbullmoose.wordpress.com)
- The Double Edged Sword of Denying Religious Rights. (k1nsey6.com)
- How “Doctrinal Indifferentism” Leads to Works Righteousness (capthk.wordpress.com)