Thursday, July 31, 2008

More from Supreme Court: Christian Nation

Below is more quoted material from the U.S. Supreme Court's 1892 case Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States (other parts of which are quoted elsewhere in this forum). The Court is simply coming to an obvious conclusion: that our nation has Christianity woven into its fabric. They are not saying that Christianity is our official religion. This passage comes right after they declare that the Christian religion is part of the common law of Pennsylvania. ("Common law" is typically not written into statute, but has come to be accepted by common practice.)

"If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs and its society, we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters note the following: The form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, " In the name of God, amen"; the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing everywhere under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe.

"These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation...We find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth."

Read the whole decision here: U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Opinions

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