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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

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December 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm

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The Banana Was Made for the Human Hand

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Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameraon discuss how the banana was made just for the human hand. I’m wondering if they think a certain anatomy part was made just for the human hand.

One thing they don’t seem to realize is that the banana he’s holding was domesticated by humans.

Video that debunks Comfort’s.

So much for the atheists worst nightmare.

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December 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

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Charles Gibson Stepping Down From ABC’s World News Tonight

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I am so glad to see Charles Gibson go. He is NOT a journalist.  He is one of those arrogant elitists who thinks he knows everything. I had watched World News Tonight for decades until the day he took over and then I stopped. His treatment of Ted Koppel was unethical.

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December 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm

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Divine Impulses: Richard Dawkins on the “arrogance” of religious belief

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December 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

New evidence for early life on Mars: NASA

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The evidence continues to mount that at one time Mars has simple life forms.

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/11/30/tech-space-mars-life.html

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December 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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GOP Objects To Putting Health Care Amendments Online

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And this from the party whose only argument for weeks was the health care bill MUST be ONLINE.

GOP = the flip-flop party.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/30/gop-objects-to-putting-he_n_374281.html

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December 1, 2009 at 5:48 am

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Net Neutrality and RedState

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The RedState right-wing blog doesn’t hardly get anything right. The subject of net neutrality is not an exception. Looks like they would do some basic research before spouting non-sense. But if they did that, every post on their site would have to be changed.

http://www.redstate.com/neil_stevens/2009/11/30/net-neutrality-update/

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December 1, 2009 at 5:29 am

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