Friday, July 07, 2006

America has never been a christian nation

So-called "originalists" overlook actual history and write their own. But the fact remains, our founding fathers specifically forbade the country (several times) from being "a christian nation."

Treaty with Tripoli, 1796

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.

(*Unless the president's friends want the country's oil.)

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