Are We A Christian Nation?

Matthew Shea is claiming Eastern Washington is where the Christians live, and Seattle is where the Godless live, therefore, Christians shoud be able to grab E. Washington, take it away from those who read evil newspapers, and do whatever they please!

The lie that most Christian leaders teach, is that Christian fled Europe due to the persuction of fifty million atheists that do not want te message of Jesus to spread. The opposite is true. Martin Luther’s Reformation started the world’s largest Holy War that cost millions their lives. The cost was astronomical. Charles Quin spent all the Incan gold he stole waging a holy war against Elizabeth, the Protestant Queen. Everyone was forced to say they were Christians or, they would be murdered. By what Christian Jihad, was tricky. My Puritan ancestors were under a Catholic King of England one month, and a Protestant King the next. Catholics had to flee England. The Puritans came to be when they wanted to PURGE the Church of England of POPERY. The Witch Hunts in Europe murdered thousands. Three million Christians in France murdered each other in a gruesome manner. The U.S. Government has every right to put down armed holy land grabbers.

Matthew Shea is just another Holy Land Grabber, he claiming he and his holier than thou militias have right that existed before the Constitution. Owing gun is a big sell for the Lovers of Killer Jesus.

This is enough information for this post. I don’t want to scare my readers away with what – could be the beginning of a new book.

John Wilson Rosamond

The European wars of religion are also known as the Wars of the Reformation (and Counter-Reformation).[1][7][8][9] In 1517, Martin Luther‘s Ninety-five Theses took only two months to spread throughout Europe with the help of the printing press, overwhelming the abilities of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the papacy to contain it. In 1521, Luther was excommunicated, sealing the schism within Western Christendom between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutherans and opening the door for other Protestants to resist the power of the papacy.

Although most of the wars ended with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648,[1][2] religious conflicts continued to be fought in Europe until at least the 1710s.[6] These included the Savoyard–Waldensian wars (1655–1690),[2][6] the Nine Years’ War (1688–1697, including the Glorious Revolution and the Williamite War in Ireland),[2] and the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714).[2] Whether these should be included in the European wars of religion depends on how one defines a ‘war of religion‘, and whether these wars can be considered ‘European’ (i.e. international rather than domestic).[10]

The religious nature of the wars has also been debated, and contrasted with other factors at play, such as national, dynastic (e.g. they could often simultaneously be characterised as wars of succession), and financial interests.[3] Scholars have pointed out that some European wars of this period were not caused by disputes occasioned by the Reformation, such as the Italian Wars (1494–1559, only involving Catholics)[note 1] and the Northern Seven Years’ War (1563–1570, only involving Lutherans).[1] Others emphasise the fact that cross-religious alliances existed, such as the Lutheran duke Maurice of Saxony assisting the Catholic emperor Charles V in the first Schmalkaldic War in 1547 in order to become the Saxon elector instead of John Frederick, his Lutheran cousin, while the Catholic king Henry II of France supported the Lutheran cause in the Second Schmalkaldic War in 1552 to secure French bases in modern-day Lorraine.[3] The Encyclopædia Britannica maintains that “[the] wars of religion of this period [were] fought mainly for confessional security and political gain”.[3]

Is the United States a “Christian nation”? Some Americans think so. Religious Right activists and right-wing television preachers often claim that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation. Even some politicians agree. If the people who make this assertion are merely saying that most Americans are Christians, they might have a point. But those who argue that America is a Christian nation usually mean something more, insisting that the country should be officially Christian. The very character of our country is at stake in the outcome of this debate.

Religious Right groups and their allies insist that the United States was designed to be officially Christian and that our laws should enforce the doctrines of (their version of) Christianity. Is this viewpoint accurate? Is there anything in the Constitution that gives special treatment or preference to Christianity? Did the founders of our government believe this or intend to create a government that gave special recognition to Christianity?

The answer to all of these questions is no. The U.S. Constitution is a wholly secular document. It contains no mention of Christianity or Jesus Christ. In fact, the Constitution refers to religion only twice in the First Amendment, which bars laws “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and in Article VI, which prohibits “religious tests” for public office. Both of these provisions are evidence that the country was not founded as officially Christian.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

— First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Founding Fathers did not create a secular government because they disliked religion. Many were believers themselves. Yet they were well aware of the dangers of church-state union. They had studied and even seen first-hand the difficulties that church-state partnerships spawned in Europe. During the American colonial period, alliances between religion and government produced oppression and tyranny on our own shores.

Many colonies, for example, had provisions limiting public office to “Trinitarian Protestants” and other types of laws designed to prop up the religious sentiments of the politically powerful. Some colonies had officially established churches and taxed all citizens to support them, whether they were members or not. Dissenters faced imprisonment, torture and even death.

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