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Amid the furor developing over Michael Newdow and the words under God in the pledge there have been cries by many that this is a Christian nation By Christian they do not mean that this nation is composed of a majority of Christians Or even that our culture is profoundly influenced by Christianity Instead the claim we are a Christian nation means something more Mainly that the Constitution was written to further the goals of Christianity and that if not today the government was intended by the founding fathers to support Christianity But this belief would not only be not applicable in todays diversely religious society but it simply contradicts history The Framers of the Constitution did not want to create a Christian nation Rather their aim was to do exactly the opposite to create a godless Constitution neutral on the matters of religion in order to ensure that the people retained their freedom of religion and that adherents of minority religions would be protected Drafted in 1787 the Constitution was one of the most brilliant documents ever written On the centennial of its writing English politician William Gladstone remarked that it was the most wonderful work ever struck off by the brain and purpose of man Even today millions of Americans continue to admire it Sadly many would have you believe that this great document was designed to perpetuate Christianity But to accept this radical view would be to deny history God Jesus and Christianity are nowhere to be found in the Constitution and the only mentions of religion are exclusionary Furthermore whereas other American documents all contained references to God the only document that had any governing power the Constitution did not Is it really possible that after laboring for months that the founding fathers simply forgot to mention God Most likely not They consciously designed the Constitution to be godless Before moving on it is necessary to clear up
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