Tuesday, April 10, 2007

United States Founded as a Christian Nation?

Apparently the 4th US Congress didn't think so, and stated as much in this 1796 treaty with Tripoli.

Comment on the Treaty from Stephen Jay Gould's site:

Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.

And Article 11 from that treaty:

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

No to Theocracy. No to Christian Fascisim. And no to a "Holy War" under the guise of a "War on Terror." Sounds Damn Conservative to this observer.

via Reddit

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