Sunday, September 24, 2006

The U.S. was not founded on Christianity

In 1996 Joel Barlow authored the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary. The 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, founding father and second President of the United States, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.

Article 11 clearly states that the United States of America was not founded "in any sense" on the Christian religion.

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

Jim Walker helps put it in perspective:

Although, indeed, many of America's colonial statesmen practiced Christianity, our most influential Founding Fathers broke away from traditional religious thinking. The ideas of the Great Enlightenment that began in Europe had begun to sever the chains of monarchical theocracy. These heretical European ideas spread throughout early America. Instead of relying on faith, people began to use reason and science as their guide. The humanistic philosophical writers of the Enlightenment, such as Locke, Rousseau, and Voltaire, had greatly influenced our Founding Fathers and Isaac Newton's mechanical and mathematical foundations served as a grounding post for their scientific reasoning.

This seems like compelling evidence to me.

Hat Tip Richard

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1 comment:

Rich Morton said...

Why, oh why do you insist on printing these truths? Damn you, Man!