Why does America only have part-time faith?

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 16, 2005

America is in denial. But don't you dare tell anyone, because we're in denial that we're in denial.

Like Peter, the biblical Apostle, our country denies its Christian roots day in and day out. But we do so at the same time we celebrate it. Although in some ways we openly promote our reverence for a higher power, we deny it just enough to satisfy attorneys ready to pounce should we cross some imaginary line that would be offensive to non-Christians.

Somehow in recent years as logic and reason have often taken a backseat to political correctness, our nation has confused protecting religious freedom with eliminating religion entirely.

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The result is that we've managed to almost completely sanitize the country's faith.

But we don't want to admit it.

Instead, America is happy to cruise along denying religion on one hand while celebrating it on another.

Don't believe us?

We ban public prayer in schools in one breath, but in the next we continue to utter the phrase, "One nation, under God" as we pledge allegiance to our flag.

If that's not enough of an outward sign, each piece of U.S. currency is inscribed with "In God We Trust," as it has been for decades.

The dichotomy in our government's logic pervades all levels, not just federal. Government is prohibited from posting the 10 Commandments on public buildings, but it may be OK for a state to pass a bill allowing state-issued license plates to read: "One Nation Under God." The Ohio Senate passed such a bill earlier this week, though it's not state law yet.

At some point, perhaps, America will come to grips with its history and its largely Christian underpinnings.

Until then the Christians in the country will just have to keep praying for the change. Fortunately, the beautiful part about this country is that its citizens are free to pray to whatever God they so choose - despite the government's occasional denial that any of them exist.