I' m a Canadian with some First Nations ancestors and I want my continent back.
European invaders calling themselves "Christians" have proved to be the most murderous people on this planet -- crusades, slavery, witch burnings, systemic persecution of indigenous peoples, racism, bigotry, war mongering, killing in the name of God, molesting children and that's just a summary.
Was America Founded as a "Christian Nation" as you imply?
No it was not. The Republic of the United States of America was not founded as a Christian nation. The founding fathers determined to create a separation between church and state.
The primary leaders of the so-called founding fathers of America were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists. Deism was a philosophical belief that was widely accepted by the colonial intelligentsia at the time of the American Revolution. Its major tenets included belief in human reason as a reliable means of solving social and political problems and belief in a supreme deity who created the universe to operate solely by natural laws.
The supreme God of the Deists removed himself entirely from the universe after creating it. They believed that he assumed no control over it, exerted no influence on natural phenomena, and gave no supernatural revelation to man. A necessary consequence of these beliefs was a rejection of many doctrines central to the Christian religion. Deists did not believe in the virgin birth, divinity, or resurrection of Jesus, the efficacy of prayer, the miracles of the Bible, or even the divine inspiration of the Bible.
These beliefs were forcefully articulated by Thomas Paine in Age of Reason, a book that so outraged his contemporaries that he died rejected and despised by the nation that had once revered him as "the father of the American Revolution." To this day, many mistakenly consider him an atheist, even though he was an out spoken defender of the Deistic view of God. Other important founding fathers who espoused Deism were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen, James Madison, and James Monroe.
Obama bashing Americans calling themselves "Christians" have no cred because they do not practice what Jesus taught. The same right wing extremist religious faction upheld slavery, witch burnings, and the denial of inter-faith marriage, despite claiming to be bound by the love your neighbor as you love yourself commandment.
The evidence of how off base and out of step with the teachings of Jesus these manipulators are was seen during the Proposition 8 campaign wherein over $75 million dollars was gained from so-called Christians and dedicated to hateful, fallacious and propaganda. The consequence is the shameful removal of a right that previously existed. Worse still is that the despicable hate-filled people who orchestrated that campaign were not in any way shape or form affected by the right for same sex people to marry. Imagine the good works that brought relief from suffering that those funds could have brought if they had been applied to assisting those living in poverty.
IMHO it's far past time for the real Christians in Americans to wake up and boot the hypocritical right-wing religious organizations and mega churches right where it counts. Pass legislation to tax their massive holdings. Make them all equal to all other non-profit societies and tax any funds they use for anything other than for charitable purposes.