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Faith News Roundup for July 4: America Is/Was/Not a Christian Nation?

Sorry for the delay, folks — technical difficulties!

The Huffington Post’s Religion section published a range of July 4-themed columns, reflecting the range of beliefs practiced in the United States these days:

And here are some interesting links from other sources — the common theme seems to be that old  “America is/isn’t a Christian nation” chestnut:


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posted July 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

Then there’s the breaking story of the people who run Fox News having hacked a murdered schoolgirl’s phone. But will the US mainstream media have the courage to cover it?

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posted July 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

All of this fluff about the US as a “christian” nation is a pile of nothing. The very best case that can be made is that the oldest European colony in North America was founded by Huguenots. This was a group of French Protestants that were tossed from everywhere, including the colony they founded. As to all the other colonies? They were economic enterprises that happened to include some religious folks obsessed with organization. This has long been a religious nation, including many faiths and belief traditions. But no one can truly make the sole claim without making fools of themselves and endangering their credibility.

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