Below is a copy of part of an article written by the Editor of the "Baptist Standard" with a link to its entirety. Mr. Knox has been editor for a number of years. For several years the circulation of the "Standard", which claims to be the "News Magazine of Texas Baptists," has declined from over 400,000 to under 40,000 weekly. For some reason, The Baptist Standard has also scrubbed the internet of hundreds of Knox's "Editorials" and comments made by others online over a period of many years. It appears that the Baptist Standard no longer allows folks to comment on Knox's "Editorials," other than by sending him a personal email. They do not seem to be very interested in discussions these days.
One false statement in the article that stands out is: "Party affiliation of poll participants or pollsters is not the issue. Whatever their background, a sizable group of Americans wants to do away with the First Amendment in favor of a “national religion.” Religious liberty is skating on the thinnest ice in 224 years."
Mr. Knox must surely know that in America we have a "National Bird," a "National Anthem," a "National Sport," and numerous other "National" recognitions ... none of which required a Amendment to, or removal from, our Constitution.
While a few years ago we were banned from commenting on any of the articles on the Baptist Standard website, and the Baptist Standard had their attorney contact me, falsely accusing me of Civil wrong doing and of being Criminally Involved in crashing their websites, by taping such allegation to my home front door on Christmas Eve (still awaiting their apology), we invite comments.
"If you love opinion polls—or if you just enjoy sampling the psyches of your fellow Americans—your time has come. Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign.
Across the next 20 months, political candidates will hold their collective fingers aloft to test the electoral winds. So, we’ll be treated to a slew of surveys, a cornucopia of canvasses and a raft of research. Most of what we learn will be predictable. Some will be fascinating. And a bit will be downright scary.
The survey asked Republican primary voters, “Would you support or oppose establishing Christianity as the national religion?” The results came down almost 2 to 1 in favor, with 57 percent of respondents indicating they support the idea, 30 percent saying they oppose it and 13 percent unsure."
Not everyone agrees with Mr Knox. In Fact, the US Supreme Court ( http://christianheritagefellowship.com/supreme-court.../ ) has already ruled against him. Not everyone who believes, as I do, that America was established as a Christian Nation, believe that it violates our Constitution. When Mr Knox writes that "they want to do away with the First Amendment" ... those are his words, not ours. It is not so much a "pronouncement" that we are a Christian Nation as it is a recognition of the historical fact." In fact, our (America's) belief in "Freedom of Religion" and tolerance is uniquely Christian. "Forcing someone to be a Christian?" How do you force someone to "Freely choose to accept Jesus Christ as Savior?" "Imposing your 'Christian belief against abortion or gay marriage?" Neither are even uniquely Christian positions and are in fact shared by BILLIONS of non-Christians around the world, while some Christians find a way to justify them. The greatest enemy of Christianity in America today, the Humanist Movement (religion...they say they are a religion) knows that America was established as a Christian nation and they have been fighting it for decades ( Google their Humanist Manifesto). Been relying on someone-else interpretation of the Letter to the Danbury Baptists for your feelings on this issue? You may want to read it for yourself AND read the letter the Danbury Baptists wrote to Jefferson which precipitated his letter. Their letter contains the following: " ...we have reason to believe that America's God has raised you up...." Read it all here...for yourself. http://ameritianity.com/danburybaptistsintent.html .
I like to deal in facts. Here is another one: Most State Constitutions contain provisions like the following from Texas: "Sec. 4. RELIGIOUS TESTS. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." Since Christianity was actually the only religion at issue in America at our founding and of the founding of the States, the term "Religion" was used synonymously with "Denomination." Section SIX even refers to "Denomination." America is historically a Christian Nation. How many of the Ten Commandments are not or have not in the past been incorporated into our laws?
Knox often envokes Roger Williams and the State of Rhode Island as being established on neutral, no religious basis. A brief read of their Constitution makes one wonder what Knox has been reading. See for yourself: LINK
Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 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 upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution of government.