When Colonial America was initially established, the majority of European settlers brought with them their strongly upheld religious beliefs in God with the intent to develop these thirteen territories into a Christian Nation. For this reason, very few challenged the religious beliefs of our Founding Fathers in conjunction with their shared beliefs on how Colonial America should be governed. In a formal letter written by our Founding Fathers to the English King, better know as “The Declaration of Independence”, an attempt to repudiate from the idea that the power to govern the people comes from the term “God” as depicted in a biblical sense by radically differentiating this spiritual entity with the term “Divine Providence”, which is also a term commonly used in Deism practices.
Over the years, the religious identification of America has become remarkably questionable as the number of religiously diversified foreigners migrating into United States began to rise. According to a 2008 survey reported by the American Religious Identification System (ARIS), 34% out of 303,202,683 people who make up the American population considered themselves as having no religious affiliation. In 2012, that same percentage of Americans who claimed to have no religious affiliations, or were either Atheist or Agnostic, increased by 6%. Out of the approximate 20,000,000 Americans who fall under the non-religious category, an overwhelming 5,000,000 American citizens were accounted for as Atheists.
Numerous Atheist groups have continued to grow over the years, challenging traditional laws by petitioning for their rights to be upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court. By supporting their legal claims with the concept of “the separation of church and state” in order to make major changes to accommodate those of a non-religious affiliation, many Atheist have made drastic changes within America’s society in their attempts to convert the United States into an Atheistic country. In 1963, the American Atheist group was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hare after she petitioned the United States Supreme Court to abolish state-mandated prayer and bible readings in public schools. In 2005, the Godless American Political Committee, or GAPAC, was founded in order to enforce the constitutional rights of the Atheist community to endorse political candidates, oppose Christmas being a federal holiday, and eliminating any mention of God on U.S. currency or in the Pledge of Allegiance. The most recent attempt by the Atheist community to eliminate anything representative of a religious nature is signified by their 2011 lawsuit claiming the 9/11 iconic cross-shaped steel beam display located in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a violating of their constitutional rights, stating the cross is “grossly offensive”.
However, with Kim Jong’s nuclear threats still held in “limbo” along with the recent events unfolding in Syria, would it be wise to kick God completely out of America and convert us into an Atheistic country at this point?
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