King begins by claiming, “you could not build America without Christianity,” citing specifically the Ten Commandments. I have thoroughly debunked this claim (see a video of the debunking here and here) and am working on a book on the topic. I’m going to focus on the supercilious “proof” King once addressed to Alan Colmes:
“This is a Christian nation and I will prove it to you. If you drive home tonight and you drive in your driveway and your neighbor’s dog has gotten loose and runs in front of your car and you run over your neighbor’s dog and kill the neighbor’s dog, if you’re any kind of a man you’ll go over to the neighbor and knock on the door and say, ‘I killed your dog.’ Alan, that’s called confession.
And the next thing that you will say is, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to.’ … And that’s confession and then repentance. And then once you repent, you’ll say, ‘please forgive me, I didn’t mean to kill your dog.’ And if your neighbor is any kind of a man your neighbor will say, ‘Alan, you didn’t mean to kill the dog, it really wasn’t your fault, you’ve confessed, you’ve repented, and you are forgiven.’ That’s called redemption.”
A common perception of Christianity, or perhaps a common Christian self-perception, is that Christianity or Christians are humble and that atheists, humanists, and scientists are arrogant. Dwell briefly on this notion and it is quickly and correctly reversed. Christianity claims to know ultimate truth with absolute certainty on the basis of no evidence. Atheists, humanists, and scientists claim to have answers supported by evidence, not faith, and are willing to alter their views should new evidence arise. The conceit falls on the side of unshakable faith.
King’s claim is the latest of many arrogant claims Christian nationalists make while attempting to prove our nation is really their nation.