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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


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