I recently wrote an editorial for the Greeley Tribune to rebut a letter written by a local minister. The first item is what the minister wrote The second is the rebuttal I wrote.
#1 Welcome back to government, “public” schools! What part of “public” don’t we understand?
Since we were founded as a Christian nation and started the day standing by our desk, facing that beautiful American flag hanging on the black bulletin board, putting our right hand over our heart, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and listening to a teacher read a prayer. We need to get back to that, now!
We need students, parents and born again pastors to show up at every school board meeting, demanding bibleschools.net, and Good News Clubs for elementary and middle schools, now! Students can also have a weekly Bible meeting at school because of the Equal Access Act!
How many more students will have to die because of murder and suicide before we get it done? I’m so tired of crying at kid’s funerals!
How much more loss before we spend a little money and time to get Christian morals and character back in schools? How many more great teachers and principals are we going to lose or not get because we didn’t vote in conservative Christians in all offices, especially our school boards?
We need a Holy Ghost Revival in our schools and churches, now!
David Meek, USAF veteran, Greeley
#2 A local minister in a recent letter to the editor made some very dangerously inaccurate, un-American claims about the need to force Christianity back into our public schools. The truth is that the U.S. was NOT founded as a Christian nation. The 1797 Treaty with Tripoli clearly stated that, “the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion . . . .” This treaty was written under Washington’s presidency, and it was ratified by Congress under John Adams and signed by Adams.
The U.S. Constitution is deliberately secular. It prohibits the government from establishing a religion and from preferring one religion over another or over atheism. It prohibits a religious test to hold any office. It never mentions a deity. Our government is based on the authority of “we the people,” not a king, dictator, or god. The U.S.A. was the first nation in history to separate church and state. It’s one of the revolutionary ideas that makes America great.
The founders knew the dangerous history of combining state and church, and they saw the intolerance and persecution promoted by religion in many colonies – Massachusetts allowed only Protestants and Catholics who renounced papal authority to hold office; New York allowed Protestants and Jews but not Catholics; Maryland gave full civil rights to Protestants and Catholics but not to Jews, freethinkers, or deists; Delaware required officeholders to affirm a belief in the Trinity; etc. The founders knew that Democracy requires secularism.
Public schools are government institutions and, therefore, must be open to children of all beliefs. To declare that schools must be Christian (and one type of Christian at that), is undemocratic, un-American, and un-Constitutional.
Morals and good behavior require intelligent reasoning, not religion. If something is right solely because God commands it, then right and wrong are dictatorial. The idea that God is good would have no meaning because good would be defining itself. If God commands something because it is right, then right and wrong are determined by a moral code independent of God. Also, whose god and moral code is going to be taught.
We see what happens when fundamentalist Muslims control a country, prohibit girls from attending school and kill anyone who disagrees with their dogma; or when fundamentalist Mormons control a cult to require polygamy and child marriages; or when Christian Nationalists gather in large groups, such as the “Unite the right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021. Christian Nationalism believes that Christianity should not just be a part of America, as it has always been, but that it should rule America. Such a theocracy would be the downfall of our nation.
Bibles and institutionalized prayers in schools are steps toward theocracy. Students may pray on their own, but when school authorities promote prayers for students, it is unavoidably coercive. Students who have different beliefs will be ostracized.
Whenever you think our nation or our schools would be better off with your religious teachings, imagine them under another religion, especially one with which you disagree. There is no freedom of religion without freedom from religion. Government, including schools, must be religiously neutral. It is the only way to protect religious diversity.
You may think that requiring Bibles and prayers in public schools is harmless, history teaches us otherwise. “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . We need believing people.” – Adolph Hitler, April 26, 1933
Dr Bob Stewart is a retired clinical psychologist and former Army officer and combat helicopter pilot who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
6 thoughts on “Christian Nationalism is Dangerous, un-American and un-Constitutional”
Now THAT was impressive.
I love when you use logic and knowledge to back your passion and beliefs. You wiped the floor with the Pastor!
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Thanks, Michelle. I’m glad you’re still following in spite of infrequent writing.
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Dear Dr Bob Stewart,
I am very impressed by your well-reasoned and timely post entitled “Christian Nationalism is Dangerous, un-American and un-Constitutional“, and have subscribed to your blog as a follower.
Thank you very much for your timely post, which has been well-presented. I concur with you about the many sobering implications of Christian nationalism, which is a very topical area to explore the many outstanding tensions between (the sociopsychological states of) sanity/stability and insanity/instability, affecting even the very existence and survival of humanity. Indeed, we can be mocked by those whom we are trying to help, not to mention that religious orthodoxies have had numerous problems and outstanding issues. In recent years, many citizens have willingly aligned themselves with misinformation, disinformation, post-truth politics, demagoguery, plutocracy, oligarchy, ochlocracy, kleptocracy, kakistocracy, narcissistic leadership, neoliberalism, globalization, clerical fascism and Trumpism. We can also agree that the ongoing chaos inflicted by the Trump presidency finally culminated in the infamous riot at the Capitol. You and I can be justified for being cynical, snide, snarky and facetious in characterizing Trump as the symbolic messiah who is going to lead his misguided supporters, sycophants and funders to glory on Earth and the promised land! It is often futile to reason with such misguided folks. Perhaps only when the country truly becomes autocratic or fascist, or when it plunges into a civil war, will such folks wake up, but then it will be too late. Consequently, any reasonable person can conclude that the USA has been plagued by ignorance, dogma, falsity, blind faith, spiritual stagnation and epistemological impasse . . . . .
Needless to say, due to misinformation and disinformation as well as the pandemic and other global issues, 2020 to 2022 as well as the past few years had been very difficult and trying, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. It was all quite surreal, perhaps in some ways more bizarre than ghosts and the paranormal (not that I believe in such things). One could indeed say that we live in interesting times, but often for the wrong reasons. It is all quite a big mess in danger of getting bigger still. Even a global pandemic and an insurrection at the citadel of democracy still cannot unite folks in the USA and wake them up. Perhaps it will take an even bigger crisis to do so, such as a series of climate change disasters.
Truth, decency and morality have become martyred in the post-truth era and the age of misinformation. In any case, the best and most dedicated amongst the likes of us are also inveterate teachers of everlasting, transcendental wisdom to save humans from themselves, their self-interests and their destructive ways. I often even have to coin new words to do so. The latest examples are my three neologisms “Misquotation Pandemic“, “Disinformation Polemic” and “Viral Falsity“, as discussed in my very extensive and analytical post entitled “💬 Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: 🧠 Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity 🦠“, which you can easily locate from the Home page of my blog.
Without proper education, the overall situation and trajectory of democracy and humanity seem to be rather bleak, and even science and politics can provide little comfort in reducing the severity and frequency of some of those outstanding issues, for there are two major Achilles’ heels: Viral Falsity and Paleolithic Emotions. In addition, my own multidisciplinary perspective proposes that four of the most insidious and corrosive conditions have exacerbated these issues dramatically:
(1) The prevailing anti-intellectualism
(2) The cult of anti-expertise sentiment
(3) The politicization of science
(4) The prevalent manifestation of populism
You are welcome to find out much more about these four conditions at my extensive and analytical post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“, which has been revamped and which you can easily locate from the Home page of my blog. I look forward to your perusing my said post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“, and welcome your input and feedback there, as I am certainly very keen and curious about what you will make of my said post. Please enjoy! I would like to inform you that when you visit my blog, it is preferrable to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.
Thank you once again for your pertinent and cogently written post. Like you, I have distilled a great deal of observations and conclusions along similar themes.
May you have a lovely weekend and a wonderful September doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!
Your thoughts are intriguing but FAR too wordy to wade through. In looking at your website, I was overwhelmed by the length and multimedia hoopla of the post you recommend. If you can cut 99 percent of that article and make your points concisely, I might take another look.
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Dear Dr Bob Stewart,
One of my latest posts entitled “🏛️⚖️ The Facile and Labile Nature of Law: Beyond the Supreme Court and Its Ruling on Controversial Matters 🗽🗳️🔫🤰🧑🤝🧑💉” is much shorter and is published at
I welcome your input there regarding your perspectives on those matters discussed in my post.
Nope. That’s no better. It’s not the total word count that makes for very difficult reading, it’s the insanely long sentences. I find it excruciating to try to decipher the point of your articles. I will not be checking out any others nor making any more responses.