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The United States a Christian Nation?

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The FOX channel fundamentalists have made a mountain over president Obama’s speech in Turkey where he states the U.S. is not a Christian nation, it’s a nation of citizens.

The founding fathers seem to have been unaware of FOX and the present day fundamentalists view of their time period. The U.S. Senate passed and president John Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796. Section 11 reads.

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 tranquility, 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.

The Wikipedia article on the treaty continues with:

Advocates of the separation of church and state claim[17] that this text constitutes evidence that the United States Government was not founded on the Christian religion. The Senate’s ratification was only the third recorded unanimous vote of 339 votes taken. The treaty was printed in the Philadelphia Gazette and two New York papers, with no evidence of any public dissent.

I’m still waiting for the proponents who think the U.S. is a Christian nation and founded on Christian principles to produce the evidence.  Show one place in the Bible or early Christianity that advocates democracy or freedom and liberty as we understand it in the West. If you search the Bible and early church fathers you’ll find they are antithetical to all our secular democracy stands for. The founding of the U.S. was based on the Enlightenment and the thinkers of ancient Greece and Rome.

References

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsp&fileName=002/llsp002.db&recNum=23

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli

Written by skepticalthinking

December 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm

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