In an interview with Beliefnet, John McCain recently claimed that the Constitution establishes ours as a Christian nation. Argh. And to think that I gave money to and voted for this guy back in 2000 (yes, back when I was a registered member of the Grand Old Party)! Well, there’s a well-written opinion piece in yesterday’s New York Times – A Nation of Christians Is Not a Christian Nation – that highlights many historical examples of our nation’s persistent resistance to being identified as a "Christian nation." The NYT column presents nothing new to those of us who wholeheartedly embrace the separation of church and state, but it is a nice, succinct rebuttal of the notion that the United States is a "Christian nation."