Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Demagoguery: US a Christian Nation

Article 11 of the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli,

"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 Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan 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."
As signed by David Humphreys under the direction of President Thomas Jefferson and ratified by the United States Senate.

Accurate Reality:   The founders of the United States of America did not found it as a Christian nation.  Anyone using that phrasing is engaged in demagoguery.

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