In a breathtaking bit of Christian fantasy, Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) made the astonishing claim that God created this nation, that God wrote the Constitution, and that the Constitution is based on biblical principles.
Delay’s claims are ludicrous, and demonstrably false. Delay’s Christian nationalist narrative is fundamentally and fatally flawed. His poor and misguided attempt at Christian historical revisionism is laughable. Indeed, it is astonishing that a man that was once in his position of power within the U.S. government would make such outlandish and silly claims about the Constitution he once swore to defend.
During an appearance on John Hagee Ministries’ Global Evangelism Television (GETV) network on Wednesday, host Matt Hagee asked the Texas Republican where the country had gone wrong.
“I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay explained. “When we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”
The U.S. government is, was, and hopefully always shall be, a secular government. That was the point. However, Christian historical revisionists like Delay pervert U.S. history by claiming the U.S.A. is a country founded upon the Christian religion. It is not.
Indeed, this nation was founded upon principles of the enlightenment, and as children of the enlightenment, the founding fathers would probably be surprised by the number of Americans still clinging to a literal interpretation of the Bible 200 years later, something they and their educated contemporaries had for the most part abandoned as religious superstition and ignorance.
“the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
The Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 – Signed Unanimously by Congress