Daily Archives: January 13th, 2010

You don’t have the Constitution for that

People argue a lot about God and country and the Constitution. Most of it centers around the argument that America was intended to be a “Christian nation.”

For example, someone once said something like this to me: The Constitution makes no mention of a “wall of separation between church and state.”

The fellow who wrote that to me actually misspelled “Constitution” but I feel like being nice so I corrected it so he doesn’t look stupid. He also went on to add that the “separation doctrine” is an invention of the Supreme Court.

I have to admit, those statements made me curious. So I went and did some checking. I examined a document that most of us would probably accept as an absolute authority on the matter – The Constitution of the United States. Grab a copy of the Constitution and you can fact check my results if you want.

So, what does the Constitution of the United States say about God and religion anyway? Not much, it turns out. Based on the following facts, can the wall of separation be inferred, especially in light of comments by certain “founding fathers” that were made later?

From what power is the Constitution of the United States derived? I checked. The word “God” can’t be found there. Nor “Christ” or “Christianity” or “Creator” or “Maker.”

All I can find is a reference to “We the people…” That is where the power of the United States government lies.

The word “religion” is not found, but “religious” does result in one hit:

From Article VI. “… no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

That’s it. That’s all I could find. I’m now going to make an assumption: If this was supposed to be a country based on Christianity, don’t you think some of those terms would have been a skosh more prominent? Might they even have gone as far as to actually mention it?

If it was so bloody important, why on Earth would the founding fathers leave it completely out of the document we hold most dear?