At this point, if Sarah Palin told me it was ok to cross the street, I’d be double checking every direction. You just have to believe the opposite of whatever she says.
So when she spoke at the recent “Women of Joy” conference, she said exactly what you would expect her to say: a lie.
“And then, hearing any leader declare that America isn’t a Christian nation and poking an ally like Israel in the eye, it’s mind-boggling to see some of our nation’s actions recently, but politics truly is a topic for another day.”
“Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our founding fathers, they were believers,” said Palin. “And George Washington, he saw faith in God as basic to life.”
“In Washington’s farewell address, he wrote ‘Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion, faith, morality are indispensible supports,'” she continued. “So Women of Joy, remember that, and remember that even today this nation needs you.”
But Paul Fidalgo of the Secular Coalition for America had a response that any atheist should keep in mind in case they have to defend the truth:
“While the founders’ views on religion varied from person to person, there is no doubt that they believed strongly that religion had no place in government”… “John Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli which stated in no uncertain terms that ‘the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.’
“Our Constitution established a secular government and has no mention of Jesus, Christianity, or a god of any kind, despite the false message spread by figures such as Sarah Palin who claim that America was founded as a Christian nation.”
Even the Christian Broadcasting Network is getting in on the war of words:
Pat Robertson gets in on the action by agreeing with Palin, saying that mentions of a Creator in the Declaration of Independence and use of the common phrase “In the year of our lord” in the Constitution is proof that we’re a Christian Nation. (See the 10:38 mark.)
Robertson adds at the 11:50 mark:
Perhaps we’re not a Christian Nation now, but Obama comes in and says we’re not a Christian Nation, we’re a Hindu nation…
No we’re not!
Umm… Obama never said we’re a Hindu nation.
Actually, what he has said is:
“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers”
That sounds about right. Robertson doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Whatever we once were, we’re a pluralistic nation now.
But the facts show that we were never an officially Christian nation. Never were. Never will be. Our founders were a collection of Christians, Deists, and non-theists. Our Constitution embraced the notion of freedom of religion and freedom from it.
Palin is wrong.
Robertson is wrong.
Anyone who believes their lies is wrong.