In the terms of a treaty with Tripoli, drafted in 1796 under George Washington, and signed by John Adams in 1797, the following was written...
Happy Presidents Day from RIR!
You've probably heard many times over how the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation. This is the battle cry of many theocrats today, as evident with all of the religious based legislature that is constantly being proposed. This claim simply isn't true.
Although some of our Founding Fathers were likely Christian, and others likely weren't, they did share one common principle. THEY WERE ALL SECULARISTS. They knew first hand the kinds of atrocities that organized religion could impose on the land, and it's with this understanding, that they knew it was imperative we keep religion out of politics.
Without this safeguard; we could be a Christian nation that legally abuses gays, a Muslim nation that legally oppresses and abuses our women, or perhaps even a nation of Scientology that tears families apart with a psychological dogma, who's only "evidence" is found within the fiction pages of a L. Ron Hubbard novel.
Please take a moment today to appreciate the wisdom our Founding Fathers had in providing us not only protection from a potential dangerous theocracy, but also to preserve your own religious liberty. And don't hesitate to inform your neighbor of this truth, should you encounter their misguided opposition.