Is America Supposed to be a Christian Nation?

I found this great list of quotations from Oregon progressive blogger and radio host Carl Wolfson:

If you have Tea Party friends who claim that America is a “Christian nation” or that the founders didn’t specifically call for a separation of church and state, send them the following quotes.

George Washington:

“The United States should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.”

Thomas Jefferson:

In his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut:

“State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Erecting the wall of separation between church and state, therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”

James Madison:

On February 21, 1811, President Madison issued his first veto, rejecting a bill that would have allowed an Episcopal church to use government funds to provide education for the poor. He wrote:

“The appropriation of funds of the United States for the use and support of religious societies is contrary to the article of the Constitution which declares that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting a religious establishment.’”
Frankly, I can't understand why America being an overtly "Christian" nation matters so much.  I care more about policies that protect Christian interests (see: economics, liberation, justice, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, etc...).  A nation that protects Christians, specifically, is the name of the game these days.  That's nothing less than obsessive self-interest.

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