The U.S. Constitution: A Secular Document

 

Friends, the U.S. may very well have a Christian majority, but it is not a Christian country. In fact, the Christian Religious Right longs for it to be accepted that America is a Christian nation. But thanks to foresighted founding fathers like Madison, Jefferson, Adams and even Roger Williams, it isn't so.

You need to carefully read the Constitution. For a quick review here is a primer:

The U.S. Constitution is a secular document and has no reference to religious roots of the U.S. It begins, "We the people," and contains no mention of "God" or "Christianity." Its only references to religion are exclusionary, such as, "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust" (Art. VI), and "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" (First Amendment). Please read brief references below:

"The senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." (Article VI, Section 3, The Constitution of the United States.)

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the freedom of press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." (Amendment 1, The Constitution of the United States.)

Please refer also to a treaty signed by the US where you will find the Founding Fathers did not envision the U.S. as a Christian country or religious state. The treaty was written by Joel Barlow, negotiated during Washington's administration, concluded on November 4, 1796, ratified by the Senate in June, 1797, and signed by John Adams [2nd U.S. President] on June 10,1797. Here is an excerpt from it:

Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary, 1796-1797:

"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion--as it has itself no character of enmity against the law, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims], ..." (Article 11, Treaty of Peace and Friendship between The United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary," 1796-1797.)

And, now specifically for Muslims:

"Where the preamble [of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom] declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting the words "Jesus Christ," so that it should read, "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination."

So, anyone who claims or believes that the U.S. is a Christian country is either misinformed or merely expressing an opinion, perhaps a wish, but not a fact.

 

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