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Patriotism and the 'God gap'
Surveys suggest a 'God gap' in views on American patriotism.
September 28th, 2011
07:19 PM ET

Patriotism and the 'God gap'

By Dave Schechter, CNN

(CNN)– “And may God bless the United States of America” is a popular closing line in speeches by presidents and presidential hopefuls.

Does a higher power, if one exists, “shed his grace on thee,” as the lyrics of “America the Beautiful” proclaim?

And if so, does this make the United States of America the greatest country in the world?

Christianity Today crunched data from a Pew Research Center poll that asked more than 1,500 Americans for their views of the United States.

“Nearly all Americans think they live in the best country on Earth. While a majority of Americans believe there are other countries just as great, nine in 10 say no nation is better. Within this high view of America, there are differences between different religious groups,” the magazine noted.

To this end, Christianity Today suggested the existence of a “patriotism God-gap in America.”

Among those surveyed, evangelicals were the most likely to think the United States is No. 1.

“Other Christian traditions were less enthusiastic about America's position in the world, but they still saw the U.S. as one of the best on the planet. About 40% of other Christians said the U.S. stands alone as the greatest country; around 55% said it and some other countries were equally great. As with evangelicals, only a few said there were greater countries in the world.”

“Those with no religion, however,” hold a much less favorable view, according to the magazine.

"Only one in five of those without religious beliefs said the U.S. is the best country in the world, an equal percentage agreeing that 'there are other countries that are better than the U.S.' ”

Not everyone is enamored with equating religious conviction and patriotism. Consider these excerpts from the comments that followed the Christianity Today article:

“To call yourself a Christian evangelical and still think that America is the greatest is ironic to say the least. God is not about country. God is about love and everyone is equal in his eyes, including the rest of the world.”

“What's really sad is the widespread perception among evangelicals that there is some kind of link between America's standing and the work and purpose and success of God's kingdom. There is not. Two words: wrong kingdom. I repeat: wrong kingdom. It matters not a whit what America's status in the world is. The kingdom of Jesus Christ does not depend on this in any way and will continue regardless.”

“When our astronauts look down at the Earth it doesn't look like a classroom globe with lines on it. All of those lines are drawn in the minds of human beings. I am grateful to be an American. But sometimes I think that some elements of conservative Christianity really see their religion as patriotism, their scripture the Constitution and God their servant to gain their personal aims. This whole Earth is the object of God's love and concern. And to claim that any one nation in today’s world is more favored than another may be promoting a Christian heresy.”

Flying the flag is among the easiest ways to display patriotism. Is it also an expression of religion?

In an article titled “Flag Desecration, Religion and Patriotism,” Temple University associate law professor Muriel Morisey suggested that for proponents of a constitutional amendment, “the American flag is the equivalent of a sacred religious icon, comparable to Christianity’s crucifix, Judaism’s Torah and the Quran of Islam. No court has designated patriotism as a religion for Establishment Clause purposes, but in every other significant respect it operates as a religion in American culture. Regardless of the religious beliefs we profess, we simultaneously practice patriotism.”

That said, a “God gap” may exist in the flying of Old Glory as well.

A Pew poll taken March 30-April 3 suggested that 78% of religious people display the flag on their clothing, in the office or at home, while 58% of nonreligious do likewise.

Evangelicals were the most likely to say they displayed the flag; those Americans unaffiliated with religion the least likely.

As to the religious identity of the nation, 62% said the United States is a “Christian nation” in a survey of 1,000 adults done a couple of years ago for Newsweek, while 75% of Americans call themselves Christian, according to the American Religious Identification Survey also done in 2009.

And earlier this year, writing for the CNN Belief Blog, Boston University religion scholar Stephen Prothero analyzed the religious affiliations of those elected to serve in the 112th Congress and concluded: “Is this a Christian nation? No way, says the Constitution. But U.S. voters are telling us something else altogether.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Church and state • Courts

soundoff (2,100 Responses)
  1. Johnny

    I don't find this article offensive personally.... just in terms of journalism, even commentary. Simply obnoxious to waste space on this.

    December 10, 2011 at 4:12 am |
  2. MonkeyMan

    I am an atheist and I find this article HIGHLY offensive. I am just as patriotic as anyone else out there and I not need religion to make me love my country. This bigoted article shouldn't even be on CNN!

    December 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • George

      There is no way that you can be just as patriotic as a Christian. You can't even honestly recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • LinCA

      @George

      You said, "There is no way that you can be just as patriotic as a Christian."
      Wrong. Since for atheists there will never be a question about allegiance to some figment, they are more likely to be patriotic then any believer. I will never have to choose. I will never have to ask myself whether serving my country is what my imaginary friend would want me to do.

      You said, "You can't even honestly recite the Pledge of Allegiance."
      Neither can any christian or anyone else. There is little more divisive than arguments about who's imaginary friend is better, or whether any of them exist. Because of that, the US will never be "...one nation under god...". Claiming it to be so is a lie. And christians who lie go to hell, right?

      I don't lie, therefor I always leave out that nonsense when I recite the pledge.

      December 10, 2011 at 4:28 am |
  3. JFritz

    Junk science. People in communist, atheist Russia also were patriotic.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  4. DD

    Somebody please explain to me why the ultra-religious Right claims to be so patriotic, but doesn't want to pay taxes?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • George

      Because of enti.tlements. We don't think that hard working patriotic Americans should have to pay for the lazy and that the elderly should have saved for retirement. We believe in personal responsibility – you get what you work for. The seriously ill can apply to church for charity.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  5. Evan B

    While I strongly believe that I live in the greatest country in the world, patriotism for me is not about making that claim. For me showing patriotism means you are willing to make sacrifices for your nation. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to join the army or run for political office, but it does mean that you are always trying to make this nation a better place. Patriotism comes in all forms and one way to show your devotion to your nation is by sacrificing your own time, money and energy to the greater cause. America was founded on those very principles and although recent times have been tough, I believe we would do ourselves a great disservice to get away from those original ideals. As for religion and the American flag our flag should be a symbol of our nation, not our religions. We have a lot of religions within our great country so why should we worry about which religion the flag represents? Let the flag be our nations symbol and leave it out of the religious conversation.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  6. Gavilan Salvaje

    True patriotism would not be blindly believing that one's home country is "Number One" but working positively towards making one's home country "Number One".

    I don't know if the USA is the best country in the world, but I hope that I am doing what I can, even in a very small, very limited way, to try and make it so.

    "God Bless America"? Why not. "Flying Spaghetti Monster Bless America". Sure. We need all the help we can get. But it takes us, Americans, working to improve our country, that will make us, and keep us, the best country in the world.

    December 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  7. Renee Marie Jones

    Is it patriotism to scream "we are number one" at the top of your lungs while you are obstructing any chance to improve the country? Mindless chanting is patriotism? I think not. The "evangelicals" are not patriots.

    December 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • George

      CONSERVATIVE evangelicals are the best patriots. Liberals are the worst.

      December 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Ruth

      "CONSERVATIVE evangelicals are the best patriots"

      No they are not they are the worse people in America, they are intolerant, don't care about the poor and needy, the very things Christ and God requires of us.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  8. Clayton

    We may be number one in a lot of things but we're far off from being the OVERALL best nation. A lot of change needs to happen for us to remain the best nation.

    December 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • George

      Yes, we need to instill morality and get our nation back to God.

      December 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Yo!

      "Yes, we need to instill morality"

      We have morality in our country moron, still being Mr. Negativity. There is a greater percentage of good hard working people in this country than the immoral that you are trying to claim. You are full of crap and only proves that conservative Christians like you are such a joke, your opinions are based on fear to get others to believe as you do, instead of being based on FACTS!

      December 8, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  9. Tim

    They needed a study for this? It's common sense.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  10. Michael

    I think for the things you love....be they people, places or concepts...you only want the best and should be highly opinionated and passionate on how they can get to that point. Otherwise, love is just a word.

    I love America. America WAS the greatest country in the world. There are things that we need to do to get back to that point. Things entirely within our power to do.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  11. Jim Rousch

    Those who do not believe in God are usually MORE patriotic than those who do believe in God.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • George

      I have not known a single unbeliever who could answer the question, "Do you love America?" without using a "but" in the answer.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • dcfromct

      surveys and the polls in the article say different.

      December 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • noncentric

      @George "I have not known a single unbeliever who could answer the question, "Do you love America?" without using a "but" in the answer."

      That's because it's a stupid question. I love humanity, irrespective of borders. There is nothing intrinsically great about America, its greatness comes only from the people that inhabit it.

      December 7, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • zeb

      @George: I do love America, but...

      I don't like people like you tying my love for America to your religion.

      December 7, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  12. Aaron

    This whole thing is not surprising. Religeous people and conservatives are always dumber and more motivated by fear than liberals and athiests.

    Only an idiot would equatet thinking America is the greatest nation with patriotism.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  13. Aaron

    So your whole argument is that Patriotism = thinking America is the best country in the world.

    What a pathetic pile of dung you are..

    Patriotism = being willing to sacrifice time, money, and energy for your fellow Americans. Patriotism means being willing to make hard choices and face facts to better your nation.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Indeed

      I completely agree. You can love something without thinking that it is the greatest. I am a huge Kansas City Royals fan, but I am positive that they are not the greatest. I love America, but I would not say "it is THE greatest country on earth", but I would definately say that it is ONE of the greatest, and I don't mean because of its power, but because of its freedom. AND I am a Christian.

      Also, that quote at the beginning of the article doesn't make any sense, “Nearly all Americans think they live in the best country on Earth. While a majority of Americans believe there are other countries just as great, nine in 10 say no nation is better. Within this high view of America, there are differences between different religious groups,” the magazine noted.

      How can a majority of Americans think that "other countries [are] just as great" but "9 in 10 say no nation is better"? Doesn't that mean that a vast majority would fall into the "no nation is better" category? This article is definately from the "Ain't that wacky" school of journalism. It's statistics don't make sense, and the writers point hinges on his misunderstanding of patriotism.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Clayton

      Well said Indeed. Couldn't have said it better.

      December 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  14. Troy

    people without religion are more logical and realistic as opposed to blindly being complacent about what our leaders are doing to us.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • George

      I guess those godless commies weren't blindly being complacent to what their leaders were/are doing.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • zeb

      @George: I guess a bit of reading about communism wouldn't hurt; you might actually learn something rather than mindless spouting of tired old stuff. If combating the evils of "godless commies" really meant so much to you, I hope you never purchase anything made in China.

      December 7, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • Jpop

      "people without religion are more logical and realistic as opposed to blindly being complacent about what our leaders are doing to us"

      Really? It's people with faith in God that continually push to keep a shred of morals in this country! Left to the liberals this country would be destroyed in no time.

      And to the author's comment; "What's really sad is the widespread perception among evangelicals that there is some kind of link between America's standing and the work and purpose and success of God's kingdom". This country was founded on Christian faith and God blessed this country as a result of that. However the push to turn this country away from God could end up incurring His wrath, so it is the purpose of us 'evangelicals' to continue to stand up for God.

      " It matters not a whit what America's status in the world is". True. America is not mentioned in Revelations because America will not be a power nation whenever Armeggedon occurs.

      December 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  15. GeneK1953

    Yes, I think the "God Gap" is directly related to the "Patriotism Gap." Once you stop listening to those who tell you to kneel and keep your head down and your eyes averted, you start questioning what you see around you and become able to recognize when those who would lead you are feeding you crap. Organized religion and flag-waving patriotism both don't stand up very well to questioning minds.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Troy

      Amen!

      December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • George

      "become able to recognize when those who would lead you are feeding you crap"

      So I guess you know more than 2000+ years of scholars, huh?

      December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • zeb

      @George says "So I guess you know more than 2000+ years of scholars, huh?"

      Uh, like Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker, etc.? No thanks, I could ignore all but a handful of that type of "scholar"

      December 7, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Karl

      @George He only said organized religion, he didn't say the Bible. I'm not sure Gene's view on the Bible, but organized religion was one of the things that did not sit well with Jesus. He was most annoyed by the religious leaders who tried acting holy, but forsook the care command to love everyone and care for the oppressed and broken.

      December 7, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  16. Buffy

    Jesus who again?. is he american?

    December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Troy

      He's that radical from the middle east.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • zeb

      If J were alive today, he wold have been excoriated, and I'm sure a lot would have been made of his relationship to Mary M. Not to mention they would have demanded proof of his birth (long form please!)

      December 7, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  17. Dave Harris

    Ignorant people everywhere in the world believe that they're better than everybody else and that some god has willed it so. Americans who believe this are not 'exceptional', they're just like everybody else. What would make them exceptional would be if they understood this, and actually tried to learn something from somebody who does some things better than them. Fat chance of that, 'cuz we're 'exceptional'.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • George

      America is the best nation this world has EVER seen. We have freedom, strength, and religion. Liberals want to take all three away from us. This is why we need to vote in strong Christian conservatives in the next election.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Buffy

      George seems like an idiot

      December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Recovering Evangelical

      Because its the 'conservatives' that are most focused with Broad Gospel of Jesus Christ, right George?

      Caring for the "least of these", "unleashing the oppressed", compassion for the poor, issues of justice and more....

      HWJV How Would Jesus Vote?

      December 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • George

      @Recovering Evangelical

      No, it's because conservatives believe in personal responsibility – both to God and to society. I would encourage you to get back into a Bible-believing evangelical church.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Aaron

      George:

      many other nations have all those things as well. why are they not the best nation in the world?

      there have been many studies done on where are people the happiest, USA is not it. I think Sweden gets it pretty often, as do several other european nations.

      Patriotism means striving to make the nation better, not just slobbering all over yourself and ranting about how it cant get any better.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • George

      @Aaron

      "many other nations have all those things as well. why are they not the best nation in the world?"

      Many of those European countries you are talking about have turned their back on God. Who in their right mind would want to live there? They don't have freedom – many are monarchies and restrict the freedom of speech. Many of the atheists here would find themselves in hot water for blasphemy if they were in Europe. Furthermore, America is the strongest nation on the planet. Maybe not in number, but in technology. We are the world leader whether you believe it or not.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Paul

      "This is why we need to vote in strong Christian conservatives in the next election."

      No we don't, many thought George W was just that and all he did was ruin the economy, increase our national debt, get us into a war based on lies. That's what your type does throw in a bunch of lies with the word God and a Christian will follow you even into a bogus war.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • noncentric

      @George "...This is why we need to vote in strong Christian conservatives in the next election..."

      I don't understand how you can equate modern US "conservatism" to personal responsibility. If you consider personal responsibility to be a philosophy of "I got mine, screw everyone else", then maybe I understand, but that is starkly at odds with the teachings of Christianity. The contradictions and distortion of both economics and religion found in the popular views of "strong Christian conservatives" are rightfully being rejected by everyone that has the capacity to logically analyze the world around them.

      December 7, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  18. Ryan

    predictable. Those who blindly believe in the superiority of their country are likely to blindly believe in other nonsense, as well.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • Aaron

      yeah, this whole article is a gimme.

      however, he has a purpose, he is reinforcing the notion that patriotism means thinking america is number 1. thats pernicious and evil.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  19. George

    America is going down the tubes because of liberalism and decaying morals. God has turned His favor from this nation. Just look at some recent events: our credit rating has been reduced and just yesterday I heard that there will be no more next-day first-class mail. Last Spring, tornados ripped apart the heartland. These are small things, but they show that America is not getting better but is slipping backwards.

    We need get our country back to God. We need to clean up our morals and throw liberals out of government. We need to pray that God will once again God will shed his grace on America.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • josh

      "god" doesnt give a cr ap about you.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Jehovah

      hahaha, this one thinks that "GOD" is doing it. He can't.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Alison

      Dan - i didn't realize GOD set our credit rating. i mean i know he sets the grammy awards and olympic games, but I didn't realize he was also managing our credit ratings.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Cheryl

      I am a disaster researcher and I can assure you that some of the worst decades for natural disasters were the 30s and 40s. With what has happened in the past few years, it is not that God has turned against America but rather a rise in media formats which allows American people to be more aware of disaster events where in the past they would have remained in ignorance.

      Knowledge is power. Past decades were not a kinder, gentler time. They were a time where what went on behind closed doors, without strong laws against child abuse and pedophilia, for example, created scars that many individuals never truly recovered from. Living a life for God out of fear of punishment is, in my opinion, no life at all.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • George

      @Cheryl

      Tell that to the people of Missouri. They said that they have NEVER seen such storms than they had last Spring. It's not just the number that is important, but the severity.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Cheryl

      @George It's very easy to use anecdotal information to make a stronger case than what actually exists. That doesn't change the facts.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • The 666 Club

      No, it's because people refuse to stop believing in an imaginary sky person that will make everything all right for them and refuse to see the world as it really is. Delusional people like yourself should be put in an insane asylum.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • George

      LMAO, put in an insane asylum for not seeing things your way. I guess you want to silence all conservative Christians. It's not going to happen.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Yo!

      "America is going down the tubes because of liberalism and decaying morals."

      Wow are you an idiot, 2010 was one of the safest years in America. Even if we are generous and say that 15% of people are bad that leaves 85% that are good hard working people. You need to turn off your TV and stop listening to the negative news media. Get off your lazy ass and get involved in your community where the real people are. It's stupid comments like your that are a disgrace to this country.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • George

      @Yo!

      I am involved in my community. I organize the conservative Christian vote. Also, I serve as a lay counselor at my church. Why do you presume that which you do not know? I don't know what you're talking about when you are talking about safest year. There is more to moral decay than violence. Look at the total disregard for s.e.x.ual morals (f.orni.cation, po.rno.graphy, h.om.o.s.e.x.uality). Look at the liberals in government who tax hard-working Americans and give it away to lazy people who did nothing for it (welfare, ent.itlements). We need to elect conservative Christians in the next election. We need to cut out this rot before it consumes us all.

      December 6, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Yo!

      "There is more to moral decay than violence. Look at the total disregard for s.e.x.ual morals (f.orni.cation, po.rno.graphy, h.om.o.s.e.x.uality). "

      Wow are you a negative asshole. You definitely are watching to much TV. Just like everything you are trying to exaggerate on it's only a small percentage of people compared to the whole. You’re a disgrace to this country saying we are in moral decay when we are NOT! Let's take your exaggeration of those on welfare, roughly 14% of people receive welfare so you are forgetting about the other 86% that are NOT! Then you are lying about many of those that lying about their need, many receiving have a legitimate need. You are an egotistical jerk who spreading nonsense about this country that in not founded in FACTS, typical christian behavior.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • George

      @Yo!

      I know personally many people who are living in sin or forn.icate. It is not some "small percentage" as you want us to believe. It has become par for the course. Wake up and see the rot!

      As to welfare, how dare you say that I am lying. Look at the federal budget. The lion's share of it goes to enti.tlements. That's money taken from hard-working Americans. Get your facts straight!

      December 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Yo!

      I know personally many people who are living in sin or forn.icate. It is not some "small percentage" as you want us to believe. It has become par for the course. Wake up and see the rot!

      You’re still being a negative asshole I see. Let me guess just because an unmarried couple is living together they are in sin right? Well since the marriage percent is at 52% and then you factor in roughly 20% of couples living together that’s about 72% – yeah all that fornication that is going on. Wow….oh, that’s right you’re one of those stupid Christians that loves to twist things around to justify their negativity, hatred and bigotry that is infecting this country. LMAO!

      As to welfare, how dare you say that I am lying. Look at the federal budget. The lion's share of it goes to enti.tlements. That's money taken from hard-working Americans. Get your facts straight!

      Just so you know moron about 14 percent of the federal budget in 2010 went to support programs that provide aid. If you are including Medicare, that’s 21% which is only 35% of the budget. It might help if you get your facts straight and get your head out of your ass so you will stop spreading negative crap.

      Christians like you are a disgrace to this country.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Buffy

      why do i feel like this Jesus character is being rammed down my throat?. it tastes terrible!

      December 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • GeneK1953

      Jesus taught us that in the end we will be judged by how we treated those less fortunate than ourselves. It's the only time the Bible tells us he ever told anyone how we will be judged at the Gate to Heaven. If you think God has turned against America and want to know why, you need look no further than our country's current numbers for poverty and homelessness.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • George

      @Yo!

      Cite your sources. By ent.itlements, I mean welfare, social security, pensions, medicare and medicaid. I suggest you check out the Heritage Foundation cite.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Aaron

      @ George:

      OH MY GOD.

      You just posted to Cheryl that people in Missouri said they have never seen worse sorms, so that must be some evidence that God hates us now?

      Holy ___.

      Do you know what the word "anecdote" means? Do you know what "data" is? Do you knwo the difference?

      Look, do the world and America a favor, shut up.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • ummmm

      "social security, pensions,"

      People pay into these systems so you can't really count this in your stupid analogy.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Yo!

      "Cite your sources."

      Yeah you would be quoting from a conservative site. I am using the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It still doesn't take away from the fact that your nothing but a negative asshole because regardless, there are far more good, hardworking people in this country than the nonsense you're trying spew. It's Christians like you that are a disgrace to this country.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • George

      @Yo!

      You call me negative (and worse) because I want to bring America back to Biblical morality? I want what is best for America. I don't want to tear her down like the liberals are doing. I want her to be a moral and God-fearing nation once again. I'm not negative. To sit by and do nothing would be negative. That is why I'm here. That is why I organize the conservative Christian vote in my area. Standing up for God is not negative!

      December 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Yo!

      "You call me negative (and worse) because I want to bring America back to Biblical morality? I"

      This was NEVER a biblical country moron. People fled here to get away from religious persecution. OH lets guess you want to start burning witches at the stake again. There is a REASON there is separation from church and state so nut jobs like you DON"T get to shove your cult down our throats. Oh, and don't forget the Christians that did come to this country STOLE the land from the Indians and even MURDERED many of them. Plus don't even get me going on how this country was build on the backs of slaves. So take your biblical morality and shove where the sun don't shine. This country is about diversity, equal rights, freedom but yet nut jobs like you can't even recognize that gays deserve their civil rights just like the ones you have! Like I said you are a disgrace to this country!

      December 7, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  20. Dan

    This should be no surprise. There's a great correlation of intelligence and religion in this country. Folks that are secular are also more intelligent and have a better grasp of reality. So they know that a simple belief that America is always the best at everything is naive. Religious people tend to be simpletons, getting sound bite information from Fox News, or Glenn Beck.

    December 5, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • kevin j. omlor

      Blow it out hard Dan. This happens to BE one nation under GOD. That's the part you secularists keep forgetting. You are the simpleton. WE religious take it in the shorts for everyone who needs a whipping boy for all the geniuses who decided we had to change things for the freakin liberals who are destroying the original idea.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @kevin j. omlor: You're not smart. Be thankful for the geniuses.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • 2tired2care

      Mentions of god were added in the 50's.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Alison

      Kevin... why is it always one nation under god. isn't heaven UP? soooo..isn't it ONE WORLD under God?

      December 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • George

      @ Dan

      Wow, aren't you just a tad bit arrogant? You think you're so smart. Do you love America? I sincerely doubt that you can answer the question without a "but" in the answer.

      @Kevin

      Way to go! You are correct.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • The 666 Club

      Hey George – methinks thou dost protest too much – and the truth can hurt can't it?

      December 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • zeb

      @kevin j. omlor: The phrase "under God" was added in the 1950s at the height of the commie scare created by Joe McCarthy. It would help if you read your history before spewing drivel.

      December 7, 2011 at 7:39 am |
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