America NOT founded on religion - Treaty of Tripoli

http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summer97/secular.html

"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 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."

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That was among the first things I learned regarding the United States' status as a secular nation. Article 11 puts it out there pretty bluntly, doesn't it?

Though it is not an official document of the US government, Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist reflects the absolute nature of the status of church and state:

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State...

Those who would have us believe that the founders had no desire to create such a barrier, in the light of this and other evidence, either seem naive or (far more likely) driven by their own agenda to create a favored status for christianity if not embedding its principles in our government as though they belonged there.

You and I and the rest of us here on A|N know they DON'T ... and it's time the rest of those who may have a fuzzier view of US history were made aware of that fact.

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