Skip to comments.Our Judeo-Christian Nation
Posted on 06/18/2009 10:14:14 AM PDT by NCjim
Congressman Forbes asks the questions "Did America ever consider itself a Judeo-Christian nation?" and "If America was once a Judeo-Christian nation, when did it cease to be?" on the floor of the US House.
Why should we favor Isaac over Ishmael?
Why aren’t we simply Christian?
Is it a code-word?
I think we should be even handed and ask them both politely to stop cutting off peoples’ heads.
Most people considered, and many still do, the U.S. to be a Christian nation. The “Judeo-Christian” thing was a later concept.
That is true. The way I look at it however; Without Judaism there might not have been Christianity. Christianity orignally began as just another sect of Judaism.
March 30, 2004
What does ‘Judeo-Christian’ mean?
The uniqueness of America
The United States of America is the only country in history to have defined itself as Judeo-Christian. While the Western world has consisted of many Christian countries and consists today of many secular countries, only America has called itself Judeo-Christian. America is also unique in that it has always combined secular government with a society based on religious values.
But what does “Judeo-Christian” mean? We need to know. Along with the belief in liberty as opposed to, for example, the European belief in equality, the Muslim belief in theocracy, and the Eastern belief in social conformity Judeo-Christian values are what distinguish America from all other countries. That is why American coins feature these two messages: “In G-d we trust” and “Liberty.”
Yet, for all its importance and its repeated mention, the term is not widely understood. It urgently needs to be because it is under ferocious assault, and if we do not understand it, we will be unable to defend it. And if we cannot defend it, America will become as amoral as France, Germany, Russia, et al.
First, Judeo-Christian America has differed from Christian countries in Europe in at least two important ways. One is that the Christians who founded America saw themselves as heirs to the Hebrew Bible, as much as to theirs. And even more importantly, they strongly identified with the Jews.
For example, Thomas Jefferson wanted the design of the seal of the United States to depict the Jews leaving Egypt. Just as the Hebrews left Egypt and its values, Americans left Europe and its values (if only those who admire Jefferson would continue to take his advice).
Iraq showed us the only way to politely do that.