Friday, May 09, 2008

A simple fact that bears repeating:
In 1797, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the "Treaty of Tripoli," an attempt to deal with Muslim piracy and terrorism in the Mediterranean. One of its clauses read:
"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 tranquillity, 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."
Emphasis mine. The Treaty of Tripoli, by the way, was signed by John Adams and ratified by 23 of the 32 then-Senators, most of whom were veterans of the Revolutionary War and many of whom helped write our Constitution. You might even call them founding fathers.

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