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Thinking about these and other statements from the man who now wears the title of
president, I keep wondering what country he believes he’s president of?

    Philip Nolan's Story
    In one of my very favorite stories, Edward Everett
    Hale’s The Man without a Country, young Army
    lieutenant Philip Nolan stands condemned for
    treason during the Revolutionary War, having
    come under the influence of Aaron Burr. When the
    judge asks whether he wants to say anything
    before sentencing, Nolan exclaims defiantly,
    “Damn the United States! I wish I might never
    hear of the United States again!”

    Stunned silence settles like a pall over the
    courtroom. After a long pause, the judge sternly
    tells the angry lieutenant: “You have just
    pronounced your own sentence. You will
    never hear of the United States again. I
    sentence you to spend the rest of your life at
    sea, on one or another of this country’s
    naval vessels—under strict orders that no
    one will ever speak to you again about the
    country you have just cursed.”

And so it was. Nolan was taken away and spent the next 40 years at sea, never hearing
anything but an occasional slip of the tongue about America. The last few pages of the
story, recounting Nolan’s dying hours in his small stateroom—now turned into a shrine to
the country he foreswore—never fail to bring me to tears.

And I find my own love for this dream, this miracle called America, refreshed and
renewed. I know how blessed and unique we are.

But reading and hearing the audacious, shocking statements of the man who recently
was elected our president—a young black man living the impossible dream of millions of
young Americans, past and present, black and white—I want to ask him: “Just what
country do you think you’re president of?”

You surely can’t be referring to the United
States of America, can you?

America is emphatically a Christian nation
and has been from its inception! Seventy
percent of its citizens identify themselves as
Christian. Christians framed, wrote, and
ratified the Declaration of Independence
and our Constitution. It’s because this was,
and is, a nation built on and guided by
Judeo-Christian biblical principles that you,
sir, have had the inestimable privilege of
being elected president.

You studied law at Harvard, didn’t you, sir? You taught constitutional law in Chicago? Did
you never read the statement of John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court
and an author of the landmark Federalist Papers, “Providence has given to our people
the choice of their rulers—and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our
Christian nation—to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”?

In your studies, you surely must have read the decision of the Supreme Court in 1892:
“Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the
teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and
in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically

Did your professors have you skip over all the high court decisions right up till the mid-
1900s that echoed and reinforced these views and intentions? Did you pick up the
history of American jurisprudence only in 1947, when for the first time a phrase coined
by Thomas Jefferson about a “wall of separation between church and state” was used to
deny some specific religious expression—contrary to Jefferson’s intent with that

Or, wait a minute, were your ideas about America’s Christianity formed during the 20
years you were a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ under your pastor, the
Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Is that where you got the idea that “America is no longer a
Christian nation”? Is this where you, even as you came to call yourself a Christian,
formed the belief that “America has been arrogant”?

Even if that’s the understandable explanation of your damning of your country and
accusing the whole nation (not just a few military officials trying their best to keep more
Americans from being murdered by jihadists) of “not always living up to her ideals”, how
did you come up with the ridiculous, alarming notion that we might be “considered a
Muslim nation”?

Is it because about 2 million Muslims live here, trying to be good Americans? Out of a
current population of more than 300 million, 70 percent of whom are Christians? Does
that make us, by any rational definition, a “Muslim nation”?

Why are we not, then, a “Chinese
nation”? A “Korean nation”? Even
a “Vietnamese nation”? There
are even more of these distinct
groups in America than Muslims.
And if the distinction you’re trying
to make is a religious one, why is
America not “a Jewish nation”?
There’s actually a case to be
made for the latter, because our
Constitution—and the success of
our Revolution and founding—
owe a deep debt to our Jewish

Have you stopped to think what an actual Muslim America would be like? Have you ever
really spent much time in Iran? Even in Egypt?? You, having been instructed in Islam as
a kid at a Muslim school in Indonesia and saying you still love the call to evening
prayers, can surely picture our nation founded on the Koran, not the Judeo-Christian
Bible, and living under Sharia law. Can’t you? You do recall Muhammad’s directives
[Surah 9:5,73] to “break the cross” and “kill the infidel”?

It seems increasingly and painfully obvious that you are more influenced by your
upbringing and questionable education than most suspected. If you consider yourself
the president of a people who are “no longer Christian,” who have “failed to live up to
our ideals,” who “have been arrogant,” and who might even be “considered Muslim” —
you are president of a country most Americans don’t recognize.

Could it be you are a president without a country?
The Guest eColumn
appears on
courtesy of
Pat Boone,
pop music icon,
best-selling author,
actor, speaker and
inductee into the
inaugural class of the
Hit Parade
Hall of Fame

During the early years of
his golden career, Pat
sold more records in the
'50's than any other
artist except Elvis

As one of the top
recording artists of the
Rock and Roll era, he
sold more than 45
million records and
charted 60 songs in the
Top Forty, with 18 hitting
the Top Ten. His
Platinum recording
"Love Letters in the
Sand" stayed on the
charts for 34
consecutive weeks.

Pat also starred in 15
films, including
to the Center of the
, State Fair, and
April Love.

Currently, Boone hosts
two weekly radio
The Pat
Boone Show
(one of the
most listened to and
recognizable radio
shows in the country)
Then and Now, from
Music of Your Life
Radio Network. Each
week Pat Boone is
heard worldwide on over
315 radio stations.

For almost 20 years,
has proudly held the
honor of spokesperson,
chairman and host of
the Easter Seal
Society Telethon.

Through the years, Pat
Boone has given voice
to the best things about
America, religious liberty
and freedom.
    ...President Without a Country

“We’re no longer a Christian nation.”

“America has been arrogant.”

“After 9/11, America didn’t always live up to her

“You might say that America is a Muslim nation.”
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