Constitution: Only Christianity Allowed in the U.S.A.
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
With the dust now settling after the latest political debates between 2012 presidential candidates, I thought it helpful to bring to your attention an aspect that, in my opinion, is often overlooked when weighing the pros and cons of the conmen … (ahem) I mean, the candidates. Let’s begin, shall we? Please note carefully the words of the following statements from (or, what used to be) the Constitution of the United States of America, the (or, what used to be) supreme law of the land:
Section 1, Article 2: “the president, before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation: “I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Section 1, Article 6: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
What is an oath?
“An oath is an affirmation or denial, before one or more persons who have authority to administer the same, calling God to witness that the testimony is true: therefore, it is termed sacramentum, a holy band or tie.”
When the Constitution demands this oath, it demands religion for its enforcement and validity. It is a solemn appeal before and to the Almighty. So, no office in this country, Constitutionally speaking, may be taken, nor any justice be administered without this implied profession of religion. Any person who takes this oath, even if he thinks it is nothing more than symbolic and tradition, if he does not take it seriously or as binding before God, commits fraud and cheats the nation – “we the people.”
But what kind of oath does the Constitution require of every officer? Many will profess a belief in God as well as affirm a belief in the future reward and punishment of men, yet be far from Christian. The majority of citizens would dare not, I hope, elect a person who is openly an anti-theist, a brazen, vocal hater of God.
In the words of Bill Nye, science guy, “consider the following”:
The oath intended by the Constitution of the United States is strictly a Christian one. The God it appeals to is the only living and true God of the Bible.
So much for Mormon presidential candidates.
Now, while it is readily admitted that not all of our founding fathers were Christian, they were most certainly influenced by the Christian faith and acknowledged its influence in shaping their intentions in forming this Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
For example, keep in mind that the Constitution was adopted by the people of the United States in 1789, after its preparation by a convention, consisting of 38 delegates from 12 states, under George Washington, the presiding officer of the body. Of all these men, none claimed indifference to Christianity.
Going back two years, in 1787, at the first assembling of the convention, at a time when the threat of dissension ran high, it was Benjamin Franklin who proposed the introduction of public, Christian prayer as the only mode to secure Divine guidance and blessings on their discussions. That motion was adopted unanimously – and, those proceedings ended happily in the adoption of the Constitution.
Now, I ask you reader:
Is it consistent in their adoption of public Christian prayer as the official course to take, as anything but an affirmation that the oath to be taken by any officer in these United States to be anything other than Christian?
Was it their intention, that a pagan, or atheist, or muslim – or someone with a fraudulent birth certificate be allowed to hold office?
Ok, forget that last suggestion, 1789 and all….
Would the liberty for which they fought and labored for so long be allowed to be put in the hands of anyone other than a Christian? Was it their intention to allow anyone to hold office who did not have proper reverence for the Gospel?
Now, what I’ve described was before the Constitutions adoption. That dealt with the founders of our country. Yet, the Constitution was adopted by the people. And what was the position of the people in regards to the oath of office? Remember, it was the people who exercised the sovereign power.
Since the people adopted it, it is clear that the people adopted what they approved of – a Christian oath; it was what they were used to, familiar with and it was in line with their principles, feelings or accustomed modes of action.
A Christian oath is what they had seen administered in all of their courts of justice. They knew nothing of heathen, paganistic or cult appeals of God, nor did they desire such. They approved a Christian Constitution, requiring a Christian oath before the God of Scripture, and nothing else.
Again, I ask, is it consistent with the will of the people of the United States in 1789, to conclude that they could have intended the oath of office to refer to a different religion other than biblical Christianity alone?
Did the people of the United States, in 1789, who approved the Constitution, ever entertain the idea that a holder of office could profess another religion, such as today’s Mormonism, or outright atheism or paganism or hold office because they were pizza moguls?
They could have. There was nothing in the Constitution to prevent them – except the oath!
Yes, they could have entertained many things. But they didn’t.
In 1789, the people of the United States, in sovereign power in regards to the Constitution, adopted it as the supreme law of the land. Not as a living, breathing, changeable document to blow in the wind and morph according to the moral degradation of society, but as an immovable, unchangeable, written-in-stone foundation for a republic government –not a democracy – of state sovereignty, and a servant to the same called the federal government.
The Constitution, by way of the oath of office, requires Christianity as the only religion sanctioned in these United States.
The fairest and most rational method to interpret the will of the legislator is by exploring his intentions at the time when the law was made, by signs the most natural and probable. And these signs are either the words, the context, the subject matter, the effects and consequence, or the spirit and reason of the law.”
The colonies brought common law with them from England, and in all its oaths, principles, and sanctions, it is inseparably connected with the Christian faith. (Hopkins)
Blackstone sums up nicely the intent of the people, and the founding fathers:
Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying His being or providence, or by contumelious reproaches of our Savior Christ, as well as all profane scoffing at the holy Scripture or exposing it to contempt and ridicule, are offences punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment; for Christianity is part of the laws of England.
That’s what you think…