Dr. Richard Scott

“The man was depressed, and had left his own faith,” Dr. Scott told Cristina Odone of the Telegraph newspaper. “So I told him, ‘You may find that Christianity offers you something that your own faith did not.’”

Dr. Scott’s appeal, reported Odone, “was quashed Thursday, after a four-day hearing that his counsel, Paul Diamond, called ‘Stalinist.’

“It was as if I had stepped into a secret court, with the witness, Patient A, never appearing,” Dr. Scott told Odone. “He remained a faceless accuser.’”

The physician said he could not overcome the government panel’s ”bias against me” and his Christian faith. “The same council that allows doctors to promote the healing effects of homoeopathy, chiropractic and reiki, also known as palm healing — which are all unsupported by Western, evidence-based medicine, but are backed by belief systems – has banned the mere mention of faith and prayer in a consultation,” noted Odone. “Yet, as Dr Scott points out, the medical impact of prayer has been proved in a number of scientific studies.

“‘Christians recover 70 per cent faster,’ he says. ‘They’re also less likely to get depressed. In America, medical schools have even introduced spirituality and health courses because they recognize the significant role of faith as part of therapy.’”

But England isn’t America, observes Odone.

Only days earlier, two British women appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after British panels ruled they have no right to wear Christian crosses as jewelry. Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin both had sought help from the British government when their employers barred them from wearing crosses.

Nadia Eweida

Instead, the government ruled that they had no such right because displaying a cross is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, unlike a Muslim woman who is required to wear a veil or a Sikh man obligated to wear a turban and ceremonial dagger.

Ironically, Great Britain is officially a Christian nation. Because it is, America is not.

That distinction was intentional because America’s founders had chaffed under the abuses of a state religion. Queen Elizabeth II’s formal title is “Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.” The faith is the Church of England – of which she is the official head.

America’s founders repudiated such a state faith, writes Michael I. Meyerson, author of the just released Endowed By Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America from Yale University Press. “The framers believed that the American government should neither fund religion nor acknowledge religion in a way that favors any particular creed or denomination.”

However, it is a serious mistake to believe America’s founders were anti-Christian. Indeed, all 13 of the original colonies had deep Christian roots, according to the research website ProCon.org.

Virginia had as its official religion the Church of England as did

Maryland and both Carolinas.

Church attendance in Virginia was required by a gubernatorial decree in 1617: “Every Person should go to church, Sundays and Holidays, or lye Neck and Heels that Night, and be a Slave to the Colony the following Week; for the second Offence, he should be a Slave for a Month; and for the third, a Year and a Day.”

Michael I. Meyerson

In 1776, the colony issued the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which included this clause: “That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”

Each of the other colonies had similar clauses embracing our Christian heritage in their charters and subsequent constitutions. Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware and New York had no official religion. However, each had statements such as found in Delaware’s 1701 charter stating: