While Mr. Dahlquist expresses some interesting ideas in his letter of Nov. 28, 2014, I would like to correct a popular misconception: the United States is not, and never has been, a “Christian” nation. Our founding fathers, being fully aware of the damage caused by extremists of any religious persuasion, were careful to write a constitution that acknowledged a Creator God while explicitly preventing any one religion from imposing its particular beliefs on the rest of the population who may disagree with those beliefs.
With three-quarters of the population defining itself as Christian in one form or another it is the dominate religion in America. But there is considerable disagreement as to just what that means. For example, my wife and I have been Christians for more than 40 years yet we strongly disagree with much of doctrine preached by those politicians claiming to speak for God. To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, “We like our Christ, we do not like our politicians. Our politicians are so unlike our Christ.” Every election cycle this myth is revived and perpetuated in the never-ending quest for votes. Unfortunately, except for a few litmus-test issues which are usually distorted and taken out of context, very few politicians claiming God as a political ally show any real affinity for the teachings of the Jesus they are calling on for political support. If all those claiming to follow Jesus actually practiced his teachings we would have a very different set of national priorities than we have today.
Delwin D. Fandrich