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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
KEVIN M. KRUSE, Salon.com
Submitted by: Editor

Christian America is an invention of the Right

The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers. It's a fabrication of the conservative Right.

[Salon] history reminds us that our public religion  is, in large measure, an invention of the modern era. The ceremonies and symbols that breathe life into the belief that we are “one nation under God” were not, as many Americans believe, created alongside  the nation itself. Their parentage stems not from  the founding fathers but from an era much closer  to our own, the era of our own fathers and mothers, our grandfathers and grand­mothers.This fact need not diminish their  importance; fresh traditions can be more powerful than older ones adhered  to out of habit. Neverthe­less, we do violence  to our  past if we treat  certain  phrases —  “one nation under God,””In God We Trust” —  as sacred texts handed down to us from  the nation’s founding. Instead, we are better served if we understand these  utterances for what they are: political slogans that speak not to the origins of our nation but to a specific point in its not-so-distant past. If they are to mean anything to us now, we should understand what they meant  then.

Posted by Editor on 04/29/15 at 04:42 PM •  (0) Comments

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