One step forward, two steps back

Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.

Article 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 tranquillity, 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.

via Stephen Jay Gould

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  1. Ironically, I just read an interesting article called “Get Your Theocracy Off My Democracy”. It goes into detail about how our country was not founded on the Christian religion. http://burningtaper.blogspot.com/2007/4/get-your-theocracy-off-my-democracy.html

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