“We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation…”

President Barack Obama said in Turkey in 2009:

“We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

I stumbled across something online that referenced the State Constitutions of all 50 states. The following is pretty gosh-darn amazing.

Alabama 1901, Preamble We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..

Alaska 1956, Preamble We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.

Arizona 1911, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…

Arkansas 1874, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arkansas , grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…

California 1879, Preamble We, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

Colorado 1876, Preamble We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe….

Connecticut 1818, Preamble The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences…

Florida 1885, Preamble We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution…

Georgia 1777, Preamble We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution…

Hawaii 1959, Preamble We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance … Establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889, Preamble We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings..

Illinois 1870, Preamble We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851, Preamble We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.

Iowa 1857, Preamble We, the People of the St ate of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.

Kansas 1859, Preamble We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.

Kentucky 1891, Preamble We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties..

Louisiana 1921, Preamble We, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.

Maine 1820, Preamble We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction.

Maryland 1776, Preamble We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction.

Michigan 1908, Preamble We, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:

Mississippi 1890, Preamble We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845, Preamble We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, Establish this Constitution…

Montana 1889, Preamble We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for theblessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..

Nebraska 1875, Preamble We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom . Establish this Constitution.

Nevada 1864, Preamble We the people of the State of Nevada , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution…

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844, Preamble We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..

New York 1846, Preamble We, the people of the State of New York , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.

North Carolina 1868, Preamble We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those…

North Dakota 1889, Preamble We , the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain…

Ohio 1852, Preamble We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this…

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance….

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing…

South Carolina , 1778, Preamble We, the people of the State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

South Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties…

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI..III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience…

Texas 1845, Preamble We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.

Utah 1896, Preamble Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777, Preamble Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889, Preamble We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution

West Virginia 1872, Preamble Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God .

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility…

Wyoming 1890, Preamble We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution…

 

After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe President Obama,the ACLU, and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong.

IN GOD WE TRUST.

Amen.

  • Anonymous

    The only one that specifically references Christianty is Virginia, and it does exactly that: reference it. “Creator” and “God” are terms that can be understood in a deistic or secular fashion as well. The United States of America is not a Christian nation, but it is one whose values are continually perverted, or influenced depending on how you see it, by Christians. The Christians are the majority so they have a lot of say.

  • I disagree. Looking at the faiths of the founders and leaders of each of these states, their faith is pretty clear.

    Did you know that the U.S. Congress printed the first Bible in America in 1782. In fact, they said it should be a mandated required educational tool to be used in all of the schools in America. The Congress also went as far to endorse the Bible to be used by every citizen in America.

    And let us not forget when Columbus landed in America. He immediately held a prayer service and named the land ‘San Salvador,’ which means ‘Holy Savior.’

    And how about the baptism of Pocahontas in 1613 in Jamestown? Or the embarkation of the Pilgrims to America and the prayer meeting they held when they arrived?

    Did you know that U.S. Capitol building was the largest church in the United States until 1857? I bet you didn’t even realize it was a church. On December 4, 1800, Thomas Jefferson, who is recognized as the least religious of the founding fathers, decided to turn the Capitol building into a church on Sundays.

    6 weeks later, Jefferson became the President of the United States. He went to this church every Sunday for all of the 8 years he was President. He listened to sermons in the U.S. Capitol building. In fact, by being Commander-in-Chief, he decided to make the Marine Corps Band the worship band for the church!

    In addition to this big church which met in the Capitol building where thousands attended weekly, 4 other churches met at the Capitol. Among them were the First Presbyterian and Capitol Hill Presbyterian. In fact, nothing secular was ever even seen about the U.S. Capitol until about 30-50 years ago.

    Did you know that President James A. Garfield, who was first a war hero, then the Speaker of the House, and then the 20th President of the U.S., was a minister? They don’t teach that part in history class. In fact, he was a minister during the Second Great Awakening. He preached the Gospel 19 times during the revival. He records bringing 34 people to Christ, and baptizing 31 of them himself.

    Did you know that 1/4 of the statues in the U.S. Capitol were men who, in addition to politicians and war heros, were ministers?

    Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are frequently referred to as the least religious of the Founding Fathers. But really? I guess most people are unaware of the church Jefferson started in the Capitol building in 1800, which he attended regularly for 8 years. Or about the treaty he negotiated in 1803 with the Castancian (sp?) Indians, where Jefferson actually placed federal funds into missionaries hands, to go out and evangelize the Indians. In fact, he gave even more federal funds after that to build churches for them once they came to Christianity.

    And if Jefferson was among the LEAST religious of the Founding Fathers, with all that he actually did FOR the Christian faith, then that should tell you a little something about the rest of the Founding Fathers, their values, and what they stood for.

    Did you know that 29 out of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence held Seminary/Bible School degrees?

    If you want to see how much of our American culture was actually directly a result specifically from Christianity, please watch the documentary “Monumental.” It’s incredible.

  • Anonymous

    Have you read Jefferson’s book “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”? That will show you how religious he was. Almost all the examples you stated are ones that show the faith of the people involved in the government, not the government itself. The nation was founded mostly by Christians but it is a secular nation. Politics are mired in religious dogma but that does not mean the nation’s founding or basic principles are religious. Plus in the founding fathers day less people went to church and less often than now. A nation founded by Christians, although many were deists, does not necesarrily make a Christian nation.

  • Again, watch the documentary “Monumental.” And then we can continue the conversation 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Doubtful as I have a very low opinion of Kirk Cameron. Although it doesn’t have this issue as its main objective, if you read Sam Harris’ “Letter to a Christian Nation” then we’ll be even.

  • I have checked it out. You should also check out this response to it.

    http://www.tektonics.org/gk/harrisletter.html

    Now go watch the documentary 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I’ll watch the documentary, but as for the review it is full of naive observations and cheap personal attacks.

  • The founders and many non-puritan and non-anglican Christians
    believed in God, but did not think he should be included in civil government. People like Roger Williams, John Leland, and Isaac Backus had the ear of founders like Jefferson and Madison, and they pleaded for the founders to leave God out of civil government.

    “The notion of a Christian commonwealth should be exploded forever. … Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians.” John Leland