A Declaration of Preference?: If Christians Wrote the Declaration of Independence
If America was actually founded to be a “Christian Nation,” as Christian Nationalists claim, wouldn’t we expect the founding documents to explicitly state that religious preference? What should we expect to find in the Declaration of Independence if the country was originally intended to be founded and guided by the religious beliefs, creeds, dogmas and scriptures of one privileged faith?
What the Declaration should have said if founding a Religious Republic
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“Declaration of Dependence (on Almighty God) …
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of God’s divine plan, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands and religious restrictions which have connected them with another, and to assume among the earthly powers of nations, the separate and equal station to which God’s Grace and Laws entitle them, a devotion to God’s Will and a decent respect to the divinely-guided opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the righteous causes which impel them to an ordained separation.
We hold these revealed truths to be spiritually-evident, that all men are created equal in the sight of God, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain biblically-based rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Eternal Happiness.
That to secure these rights, human governments are instituted by God among Men, deriving their just powers from God the Father and Jesus Christ, our True King …
We, therefore, the chosen Representatives of the churches of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled in devout prayer, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of Jesus Christ, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of divine Right ought to be Free and Independent States …
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of our Father in Heaven, we mutually pledge to Him our Lives, our earthly possessions and our sacred Honor in the Service of Christ.
In the Year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Seventeen Seventy-Six
What would the country have become if the founders wrote this?
What would it be like for people of other faiths and secular people to live in a country founded in this way?
Would a government created in this way have survived?
Do you think Christian Nationalists would accept this version as the “true intent” of the founders?