I hold strongly to the notion that America is a Christian nation. So when John Mark Reynolds remarked that President Obama was correct in stating that America is not a Christian nation, I took immediate notice.
Recently President Obama made a series of important speeches in Western Europe and in Turkey. He said that “the United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam” and that “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” He is right on both counts. These passages must be understood in the context of his sophisticated view of the role of religion and government.
So what is President Obama’s sophisticated view? Boiled down, John Mark believes that President Obama understands that the thing which unites us as a citizenry is our common adherence to the US Constitution. The Constitution, John Mark argues, cannot be a member of any religious organization and is therefore not “Christian.”