Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Christian nation?

This was brought to my attention today:

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

From the 1796 Treaty with Tripoli, signed in 1797 by President John Adams.
Prior to its signing, it was read aloud (in its entirety) on the Senate floor and unanimously approved.

(That particular article, Article 11, concludes "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.")

And, as Article 6 of the Constitution clearly states:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.[emphasis added]

So much for the intent of the Founders. And you'd think the Supreme Court Justices would know this kind of shit.