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Is America REALLY a Christian nation?

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Many fundamentalist Christians love to scream and claim that America is really a Christian based nation. The Amendment to our Constitution currently 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 press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Many like to twist the word play on the first statement to mean that the government can no set up their own religious establishment, or that the government can not base it’s workings around one single establishment, or denomination, of Christianity. Thus, eliminating the idea of “separation between church and state” as written to the Danbury Baptists by Thomas Jefferson.

This last week, I came across a little gem and have been doing some homework on it. After America signed and approved it’s Constitution, we began to set up our own private trading routes. Many of these routes were lined with Barbary pirates of the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean. Soon, war broke out and trade slowed.

In 1796, the Treaty of Tripoli was signed by America’s 2nd President, John Adams. This treaty was approved by a landslide majority of the Senate, and received absolutely no debate in it’s enactment into law. Now, here’s the gem of it all. Article 11 to the Treaty of Tripoli states:

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 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.”

Yes, you see it. The treaty clearly states that America is not founded on the Christian religion. Approved by the Senate and signed into full law by President Adams with absolutely no debate, this treaty is evidence that the founding fathers of this nation did not want any religion, or even non-religion, to be the rule of the land. America is called the “land of the free”, not the “land of the free for only people who only think like me”. To say the latter, is to turn your back on the foundation of this nation and to be on the position of ruling the mind, body, and freedom of choice.

~E pluribus unum


“In God We Trust” – A National Punchline

Many American atheists will grit their teeth and scowl at this one saying that is so proudly displayed onto our national currency. I do not blame them, but I do find their hate completely misplaced. You see, this one saying on every bit of currency is in reality, a great matter of ridicule once put to it’s artistic view.

“In God We Trust” is something that this nation’s Christians feel is directly implied to them in some metaphorical sense. The only problem is, “we” is never defined except by that implied metaphor. Rather than putting, “In God America Trusts”, or “In God The People Trust”, it leaves a vague sense of wonder with what the word “we” really means.

The term “we” can mean a multitude of things. Not only can this be applied a group of people, it can also be applied to a personified group of things. So, is it really, “In God We, the American People, Trust”, or is it “In God We, the American Currency, Trust”? Since this statement is printed and stamped into every bit of American currency, I can easily proclaim that it is the latter of the two.

Rather than tossing out this term from our currency simply because it vaguely states in a unanimous metaphorical sense that America puts it’s trust in God, I say leave it with it’s vague sense that we do not know what “we” implies. In all reality, the statement did not show up until 1864, and therefor can not be used to state that America is a Christian nation. Even then, we still don’t even know which “God” the statement is referring to, either. This one statement that is seen daily is nothing more than what it truly is, a giant national punchline filled with laughter.

Seperating Church From Senate

While in a debate against her opponent, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, a Republican and tea party member who is running for senate, shows her undeniable ignorance of the United States Constitution. The first amendment to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution clearly states that the government can not create a law respecting any religion. In other words, the government can not create a law that is directly in favor of any religious ideologies, nor can it set up an establishment in favor of any religion. This is generally known as the “separation of church and state”.  The first amendment also gives rights to freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the right to gather and protest peaceably. O’Donnell was clearly shocked to learn this new information, even though she is a self professed guru of the United States Constitution.

Upon reading this news and watching various sources on it, I can only begin to confirm what the tea party main motives have been these last few years; turning America in a true “Christian” nation. The tea party’s original movement was to protest in favor of lowering taxes, but in the last few years, the majority of tea party organizations have grown to become a driving religious force. Any atheist, agnostic, deist, Muslim, Hindu, and even Christian that is no of  “their” denomination should be very leery of these groups as they seek to change who you are, and what you must believe.

When O’Donnell began to laugh after showing her ignorance, she clearly thought she was laughing with the group, and not at the fact that the group was laughing at her. As Americans, we can not allow people like this to penetrate our system. It’s bad enough the majority of politicians are selling us out in general, but to have them also be so blatantly blissful to our own Constitution, the one document that is supplying their job and freedoms, is absolutely abhorring. To be a politician is no different than serving your country. The minute you turn your back against your country, you are no different than a traitor on the battlefield. Failing to learn even the basics of how your country works, yet being a governing force behind it, is no different.

Bonus video on American religious history (added 10/21/10)

The pope is reich!


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Yes, the pope is right! Atheists are Nazis! Well, if you count ancestry as a form of actually belonging to a certain group. You see, my Grandma was part of the Nazi party, and my great uncle was a Nazi soldier that went missing in action in Russia. Have any of their ideals ever been passed down to me? Well, if you count me calling my grandma a “bat shit crazy bigot” right to her face when I was only 12 as carrying the Nazi ideologies, then I guess.

You see, it is impossible for me to follow any form of Nazi ideologies. I am intolerable to intolerance, and I understand that we need as much of a diverse genetic background as humanly possible in order to survive and help our offspring’s bodies. So, to “hate” another group simply because they either exist, or because of their history is something I can’t bring myself to do, unless it was something truly foul they have personally done. The idea of “white supremacy”, especially the blond hair, blue eyes type, is a complete genetic failure, and is something I would never support, either. Both blond hair and blue eyes are not dominant genes and are difficult to pass on to your offspring, and the more localized a history of a genetic background is, the more susceptible the chance for either deformities or weakness in immunity. In other words, the more we mix our genetic pool with other races, the stronger the human race’s possibilities are in surviving.

Granted, if I were truly a Nazi, I would have to kill my own self. I do have a Jewish background, too. Mix that in with a bit of Russian, English, and being American born and you’ve got a walking world war. In the end, this is nothing more than another stereotype tactic that the church uses, and it all comes from a man that participated in the Hitler youth program.

*Yes, that is a picture of my great uncle before his disappearance.

9/11 Qur’an Burning Threat

About two weeks or so ago, a pastor of a small church in Florida, in an attempt to retaliate against the building of the Muslim community center near ground zero in New York, threatened to have a mass burning of the Qur’an in front of his church on the eve of the nine year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Thankfully, he and his congregation did not do so, but others did.

Now, here in America, we do have protection for the freedom of speech. Essentially, you can say whatever, and do whatever without breaking the laws. Well, unless you attempt to harm another person. With this, Pastor Terry Jones has every right in this nation to do what he is doing. The thing is, though, he is doing this out of hatred for the Muslim communities. He has let those in the middle east that practice radical Muslim tradition, spoil the tradition of those in our western society. Essentially letting “one bad apple spoil the whole bunch”. This call of action has done nothing more than shake the ground of all three parties involved, and has become a troublesome mess for everyone worldwide. What’s worse, is that he has made it apparent that he does not know his own enemy. The Muslim community in New York predates the attacks on the world trade center and have never shown any involvement in these attacks, or any other form of threat to America.

Now, when you’re running around burning symbols and running up and down stairs screaming and shouting, you’re doing nothing more than, yes I’m going to say it, sizing up genitalia. All that you’re doing is puffing up your chest muscles, whipping them out, and comparing sizes. The thing is, what good has comparing genital sizes ever done? One man will feel an overpowering pride, while the other will feel emasculated and possibly seek revenge in some form. In the end, the games will never stop from there, and no one person can ever call victory until the other is a bloodied and beaten lifeless pulp.

If Pastor Jones and the Muslim communities really want to stand in peace under God, they both need to stop letting their views on religion be the only ideal way of obtaining peace. Oppressing and suppressing others is not the road to peace, and there are far better alternatives than forcing others to believe in what you believe. Peace is about extending your hand out, no matter how different your views are on any subject, and no matter how hard it may be to do so.

Draw Muhammad Day

*Before you throw a fit, just watch the video. It’s symbol is absolutely amazing, and conveys more than what words can describe.

Draw Muhammad Day has become a great stand point on the internet. Youtube, Facebook, and many other major public forums have been bursting with drawings and ideas that have shook the world of both Muslim and other religious worlds. Out of the thousands of drawings out there, one drawing has stood out more than any other to me. This drawing was done by the Youtube username DarkMatter2525, and beautifully conveys the conflict of both Draw Muhammad Day, and the struggles in the middle east.

This drawing is absolutely amazing and is an amazing symbol to what I personally believe in. If you do not wish to view the video for any number of reasons, I have posted another blog post outlining what the drawing shows, and what the meaning of the drawing is. This post is labeled, Drawing Explained

Drawing explained

So, you decided to not watch the video for some purpose or reason. It is kind of long, I do have to admit that, but it does prove a valid and wonderful point.

The final drawing is that of Osama Bin Laden holding a knife to Muhammad. Now, before you start throwing a childish fit, understand what this means. The main basis of the video is told at the end, when the words, “know your enemy” are displayed. You see, there is a saying that goes, “the bad apple spoils the bunch”. In other words, those that show Muhammad and the Muslim religion as an evil, or vile religion, are the bad apples that make others look bad. Those that decided to raise a fist and burn others make those that are for peace and understanding look bad; in other words the majority.

So, think about who else we can have holding the knife, and who else is the victim. We can easily put the Pope there with Jesus. We can also easily put ex-President Bush there with lady Liberty. Or we could just go hog wild on a million other possibilities. This is more proof that we cannot allow those that turn others into villains become those that sustain power in the world.

Happy Draw Muhammad Day