So how is it that the United States of America could have a national creed, yet simultaneously ban the establishment of a national religion. Well, it's very simple you see. According to the Declaration of Independence, America does have a national creed upon which our nation was founded. But according to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, you don't have to believe in it.
It's that simple. We have an established creed WITHOUT an enforced religious test. We have a national religion, but no national church. We have no national priests nor ministers. Most importantly, while our founding document does boldly proclaim the national creed of our nation, no American is required to subscribe to it.
So what is America's national creed? To answer that we must look to our nation's founding document - The Declaration of Independence. In it, we will find that our national creed is short, simple and to the point...
- All human beings are created equal and endowed by "God" with unalienable rights;
- The purpose of government is to secure these rights; and...
- No government is just or legitimate if it systematically violates these rights.