America Already Has a State Religion. It's called 'Government'

The Huffington Post reports “that 34 percent of adults would favor establishing Christianity as the official state religion in their own state, while 47 percent would oppose doing so. Thirty-two percent said that they would favor a constitutional amendment making Christianity the official religion of the United States, with 52 percent saying they were opposed.”

What the new poll does not say is that the United States already has a state religion: Statism. The State is god. Our coins say it: “In God We Trust.” You and I think that means God the Creator and Sustainer. It used to mean that, but not anymore.

Where do the majority of people send their children to be educated? Government schools. Who do they expect to pay for their children’s education? The government. Food stamps? The government. Birth control? Government. Abortion? Government. School loans? Government. Who backs mortgages when people default? The government.

When it comes to voting, who gets the majority of votes? The party that can supply the greatest number of benefits (stolen from American citizens).

Trust is defined by actions. The majority of Americans trust and put their faith in government. Of course, they say the government is corrupt, inefficient, wasteful, and untrustworthy, but actions speak louder than words. “In God We Trust” means, “In Government as God We Trust.”

North Carolina tried to reverse the trend by trying to establish a state religion. The First Amendment does not prohibit states from establishing a religion; it only restricts “Congress” from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . .” The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution at the insistent of the states in order to protect them from federal encroachment. Consider this from Article XXXII of North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution:

“No person who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State.”

This provision remained in force until 1835 when it was amended by changing the word “Protestant” to “Christian,” and as amended remained in force until the Constitution of 1868 where North Carolina is described as a “Christian State” (Art. XI, sec. 7).

States had a great deal of freedom when it came to religion. Even so, “In Government We Trust” won’t be reversed until the people decide what God they will serve. Right now the majority, by their actions, have put their trust in the State.

When John Hancock was Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in 1791 he issued “A Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving”:

“In consideration of the many undeserved Blessings conferred upon us by GOD, the Father of all Mercies; it becomes us not only in our private and usual devotion, to express our obligations to Him, as well as our dependence upon Him; but also specially to set a part a Day to be employed for this great and important Purpose. . . . And above all, not only to continue to us the enjoyment of our civil Rights and Liberties; but the great and most important Blessing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: And together with our cordial acknowledgments, I do earnestly recommend, that we may join the penitent confession of our Sins, and implore the further continuance of the Divine Protection, and Blessings of Heaven upon this People; especially that He would be graciously pleased to direct, and prosper the Administration of the Federal Government, and of this, and the other States in the Union — to afford Him further Smiles on our Agriculture and Fisheries, Commerce and Manufactures — To prosper our University and all Seminaries of Learning — To bless the virtuously struggling for the Rights of Men—so that universal Happiness may be Allies of the United States, and to afford his Almighty Aid to all People, who are established in the World; that all may bow to the Scepter of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the whole Earth be filled with his Glory.”

I pray for the day that the people will once again believe and act on these truths. Our nation is doomed if they don’t.



Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • allen goldberg

    Based upon performance, why would anyone place their faith in government?

    • WASP

      “Anyone who wants a strong State either is, or intends to be, the State”.

  • DockyWocky

    Gee.If they had an official state religion, it would always be demanding increasing tithes, and issuing regulation after regulation, and spreading everywhere, and appointing additional religious regulators, and fighting the other official state religions, and not allowing any of the believers to have an iotas influence over what goes on.

    You know. Sort of like government does today and every day.

  • PreemptiveOffender

    The root of the matter is left-liberals conviction that their political stance automatically places them on a higher moral and intellectual plane than anyone who dissents from it. If you seriously believe yourself to be morally and intellectually superior to persons who differ with your politics, your natural reaction will be to label such persons stupid or evil. That insulates you from new information about the world, which in turn transforms your political convictions into articles of faith — liberal statism as a religious creed.
    Let’s be sure not to make that mistake. No one should ever believe himself above the evidence or indifferent to it. Besides, humility is much more attractive than arrogance.

  • DockyWocky

    “Any American Who Thinks
    He Can Be Happy And Prosperous By Letting The
    Government Take Care Of Him Better Take A
    Close Look At The American Indians…

  • vietnamvet1971

    Exactly, The “Career Politicians” mostly the Liberal Do Gooders want to take care of us, BUT The Big, Bad, Behemoth, Bloated, Bankrupt, Gimme-mint is the problem it needs to be Starved to death and we need Smaller Big Brother trying to Control every thing we do.

  • Ted R. Weiland

    Gary DeMar: “America Already Has a State Religion. It’s called ‘Government.’” And it became such when the States ratified the Constitution that erected a government of, by, and for the people instead of one like those in early 1600 Colonial America that established governments of, by, and for Yahweh, based upon His immutable righteousness as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments.

    For more see free online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page. Click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 3.


    Very well said. Both the left and the right are inconsistent in their desires. The felt wants laws to control guns but no laws to control abortions; the right wants laws to control abortion but no laws to control guns. There is a disconnect on both sides.

  • Charlie Knight

    Ever so true.
    Remember the “Obama phone” girl who could not find a reason to keep Obama in office but to keep her free telephone. Don’t mess her up with the information that this program for the needy started under President Bush, it became a give-away for the lazy and worse under Obama.

    I am terribly afraid I will not be dead by the time the economic collapse worldwide makes these payments to the freeloaders an impossibility. We will have “riots in the streets” then for certain.

    The worst part is I feel he has no idea what he is doing. He just follows the directions of his “handlers” because if he did not do so he and his wife and children would be killed.

    Maybe the economic collapse would be the best thing for this nation.

    Maybe then we can get to the business of building a nation without greed.

    Pray and get yourself right with God, it is the only “safe” course to follow.

    • TLady62

      Amen to your last point, Charlie.

  • squeak

    Wait & see the Executive pen will come out for him to sign an order that Christianity will no longer be our faith… he & his Regime are working each & every day to accomplish his agenda… the Dictator of America… more & more our rights are taken away…God Help Us !

  • Benjamin Fox

    All commies pray to their god, the government.

  • TAM44

    Only the obama phone idiots and the DEMOCRATs would as they are the other idiots.

  • leo grove


  • Robert Alexander

    It’s been here a long while and now only apparent to more and more people – Thank You Jesus, O direct your people to Press into your Kingdome, into Christendom instead of Christian-Dumby

  • Fleendar the magnificent

    All I can say is, get right with Jesus and let both he and God into your daily lives. These liberals may be able to take God and Jesus out of society, but only YOU can allow them to take God and Jesus out of your personal lives.

  • Indiana Conservative

    Let us not forget what George Washington said:GOV T IS A DANGEROUS SERVANT AND A FEARFUL MASTER

  • Kenneth Bowman

    I say the Religion is Darwinism the official State Religion of all Tyrants. Adolph Hitler used evolution and survival of the fittest as his excuse for murdering millions of Jews. All vile individuals obey no law.

  • WASP

    It’s called gummint, and politweasels are it’s priesthood. Liberals are it’s Taliban.

  • WASP

    I agree Tom. It sort of makes the “right” just as bad as the left. Begging gummint to force their beliefs on everyone else.

  • Glenda Long

    Thank you and Amen!

  • servant1jkb

    Government, of and for, and by The Government!
    Ever wonder why the richest area of the nation, is the area around Governmental Central, D.C?
    If you and or anyone really thinks that Government, is your answer to prosperity, just look at our Native Americans, both in the U.S. of A. or in Canada, for that matter! Stuck on Reservations because of poor or little education, no job training, so they set up all these Casino’s for the rest of to loose our rent and groceries monies, while it helps a few, most are still living well below the poverty line!
    But do not worry about it, as Senators get $180.000.00 salary, and receive housing and travel expenses, plus next to free hair cuts, and manicures and a fully equipped gym, THAT BY THEIR BELT SIZE FEW EVER USE! [That totals to over 1/4 of a million bucks, THAT TAX PAYERS SHOULDER!

    Earth desperately needs Jesus to return, and take His own outa here!
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