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In a treaty with Tripoli in 1796, which had as its main object obtaining protection for American ships from pirates, the following paragraph was included, in 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 tranquility of Muslims, – and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Muslim 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.” I have taken the liberty to change the word Mahotman to Muslim so the meaning would be clear to a 2019 audience.
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Tripoli was indeed a Muslim nation and here the rulers of the U.S. were reassuring them that they would not try and impose Christianity on that nation. While there were certainly Christians among the Founding Fathers, there were also non-Christians as well, and our founding documents owed more to John Locke than they did to the Bible. And one of the great concerns of the Founding Fathers is that there be no official religion of the country, unlike what had...
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