A recent letter states that America has never been a "Christian nation." If that means our government derives its authority from the Church, then no, we are not a theocracy where the religious leaders are also the civil leaders. Thankfully, that was not our Founding Fathers' intent.
Yet they knew that our Judeo-Christian beliefs were crucial to the establishment and maintenance of the bold experiment in liberty. That is undeniable. There is so much written historical evidence of this that Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in 1831, "The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other."
I could quote endless historical figures, but will simply offer Benjamin Franklin's statement: "We've been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without his concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel."
Further proof of our Christian heritage are the many cities from sea to shining sea named for Christian saints and beliefs, including our oldest, St. Augustine, San Francisco (St. Francis), and Corpus Christi (Body of Christ).
As the writer states, "one nation under God" was formally added to the pledge in 1952, but even Lincoln's Gettysburg address refers to "this nation, under God." History reveals that we have not been a perfect nation or people but we have tried, and with our Creator's help, we will continue this bold experiment!
Judy B. Scott