Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Not a Christian Nation

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The Religious Right is in love with the idea that the US is a "christian nation". Read any sufficiently fundamentalist blog/message board/"news" site, and you'll see that phrase more than once. In fact, you'll also see a great deal about "returning" the US to the "christian principals the country was founded upon".

The arguments are many, but mostly revolve around two ideas: (1) the Founding Fathers were Christians, and (2) many of the Ten Commandments are found in the US Criminal Code.

I could argue the above 2 points until somebody's cow comes home, but I don't need to. I have the US Treaty With Tripoli. Written in 1796, read aloud in its entirety to the Senate in 1797, and personally approved by John Adams, Article 11 clearly states:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion

So there you have it. We are not, nor were we ever, a "christian nation".


  1. But we all know that John Adams was the weeniest of pseudo-Christian presidents. His voice carried as much weight as an anorexic Asian chick.

    (Too much?)

  2. LOL! But he made good beer . . . ;)


    no, fucking seriously, i am a Political Science MAJOR (ok, and also Communication, but the journalism thing isn't the issue here, the political history IS) HOW DID NO ONE EVER TELL ME OF THIS? i read history for FUN, and i never knew of this!

    *tears hair out*

    do "Musslemen" = Muslims?

    and is that really a treaty with the pirates of Barbary Coast? wow...

  4. i'm guessing musslemen are muslims. i never heard of it, either.

  5. i just linked to this post over at Pandagon, just so you know :)


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