President Trump: 'America is a Nation of Believers'
President Donald Trump used his weekly address to issue a statement of support for Jews and Christians alike, and sent a powerful message to those who believe America is a secular state.
"America is a nation of believers, "he said. "As families gather in houses of worship across the nation, we are grateful for the tremendous blessings of this land, our home. We have a beautiful country, and an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future."
In Federalist No. 2, John Jay called us a â€śband of brethrenâ€ť and â€śone united peopleâ€ť who shared the same ancestors, language, religion, principles, manners, customs.
Seventy years later, the brethren went to war with one another, though they seem to have had more in common in 1861 than we do today.
Forty percent of Americans now trace their ancestral roots to Latin America, Asia and Africa. The Christian component of the nation shrinks, as the numbers of Muslims, Hindu, atheists, agnostics grow. We have two major languages now. Scores of other languages are taught in schools.
Not only do we disagree on God, gays and guns, but on politics and ideology, morality and faith, right and wrong. One-half of America sees the other as â€śa basket of deplorables. â€¦ racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic â€¦ bigots.â€ť
Democracy requires common ground on which all can stand, but that ground is sinking beneath our feet, and democracy may be going down the sinkhole with it.
Where liberals see as an ever-more splendid diversity of colors, creeds, ethnicities, ideologies, beliefs and lifestyles, the Right sees the disintegration of a country, a nation, a people, and its replacement with a Tower of Babel.
Visions in conflict that democracy cannot reconcile"
Many believe but few follow and few live in obedience. Way too many believe that simply being a decent person, in their frame of reference, earns a golden ticket to Heaven. I know many. Go to church once a week, but live as they see fit the rest of it. Just don't be a "bad" person, and you're in.