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How corporate America invented ‘Christian America’ to fight the New Deal

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  • #52301

    Haikugal
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    The 2016 annual meeting for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) will feature a session focusing upon the provocative book One Nation Under God by Princeton history professor Keven M. Kruse. In One Nation Under God, Kruse argues that the idea of the United States as a Christian nation does not find its origins with the founding of the United States or the writing of the Constitution. Rather, the notion of America as specifically consecrated by God to be a beacon for liberty was the work of corporate and religious figures opposed to New Deal statism and interference with free enterprise. The political conflict found in this concept of Christian libertarianism was modified by President Dwight Eisenhower who advocated a more civic religion of “one nation under God” to which both liberals and conservatives might subscribe.

    Kruse concludes that with the polarization of America in the 1960s over such issues such as school prayer and the war in Vietnam, politicians such as Richard Nixon abandoned the more inclusive civic religion of the Eisenhower era. Kruse writes that by the 1970s “the rhetoric of ‘one nation under God’ no longer brought Americans together; it only reminded them how divided they had become” (274). Arguing that public religion is a modern invention that has little to do with America’s origins, Kruse maintains that contemporary political discourse needs to better recognize the political ideology being perpetuated by the advocates of America as a Christian nation. Needless to say, Kruse’s arguments will antagonize many on the Christian right, as well as many on the left who have employed Christianity as the means through which to implement principles of equality and opportunity as extolled by Jesus of Nazareth, the working-class carpenter.

    http://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/03/how-corporate-america-invented-christian-america-to-fight-the-new-deal/?fbclid=IwAR3ju0_NMegAo3YtzZJbWEjEP0NCft0hIQM8wmCEQCUFNAtJ9mMEtbl3CNc

    An interesting bit of his, and her, story….:)

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  • #52317

    mmonk
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    I prefer the teachings of Jesus than American Christianity. That’s why I prefer to live my life through intelligence and compassion and awareness.

    Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of People walking on it. - RFK

  • #52319

    Haikugal
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    Yes…I’ve always felt the ‘idea’ of Jesus was always liberal and kind, regardless of the other stuff.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  • #52334

    Ohio Barbarian
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    “In God we trust” was not found on American currency until 1956, and did not exist in the Pledge of Allegiance until around that time, either. In fact, I had two great-great grandpappies who were among the first to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in history.

    They were Confederate soldiers who had surrendered at the end of the Civil War, when they were required to repledge their loyalty to the United States. The Pledge of Allegiance was a loyalty oath created for that purpose. Read it without the “under God” bit, and it’s pretty obvious.

    We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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    • #52353

      Haikugal
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      Interesting. My great, great grandad was also a confederate but he died in a Yankee prisoner of war camp.

      My mother was an immigrant and I taught her the pledge. I learned it without the “God” part and when we came back from Australia it tripped me up…they changed it whilst we were overseas.

      Thanks Barbarian.

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  • #52337

    Punxsutawney
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    And ironically to fight against those things that Jesus would certainly support.  That irony is lost on them though.

    The two things that Jesus hated on (assuming he existed) was hypocrisy and the exploitation of the poor by the wealthy. Something the Rethugs are and do in spades.

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