June Display Is UP:John Adams and the Treaty of Tripoli

On June 7, 1797, the U.S. Senate ratified a treaty. No big deal – they do that all the time. What was different was that this particular treaty, early in our history as a nation, contained the following sentence:

” 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.”

What is interesting about this treaty, especially given our current political climate, is that it explicitly denies any alleged relationship between the Constitutional government of the United States and the christian religion. Further, this treaty was UNANIMOUSLY ratified by the Senate and signed by our second president, John Adams.

Imagine getting anything containing that verbiage through Congress today.

Nevertheless, Our June display on the Loudoun County, Virginia Courthouse lawn is up, reminding those who have forgotten that our government has nothing to do with the gods of the bronze age and that our government, does not, in any way, endorse theocracy; our government is a FIREWALL against theocracy.

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