Happy 4th of July. In honor of our nation's celebration of independence, here is an excerpt from an article discussing the Declaration of Independence.
When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? You can read it in a matter of minutes. Omit the long list of grievances against King George III that appear in the middle of the document, and you can read it probably in less than five minutes.
By any measure, the Declaration of Independence is one of the most influential documents in American history.
It is not a legal document. It contains no authority as does the Constitution of the United States.
Yet, misguided interpreters often appeal to it to make their case that America is a Christian nation. Rather than making that case, the document intentionally undercuts that argument.