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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

Understanding “Militant Atheists” and “militant Christians”, and why they’re a bad thing.


Many Christians like to use the term “militant atheist” to describe an atheist that uses aggressive tactics and belittling comments to attack their religion and get them to see reason. Now, Christians aren’t out of this hot water, either. Atheists use the term “militant Christian” for any Christian that is literally hell bent to stop their fellow man from going to hell, and will use just as nasty threats and aggressive comments as well. As scary as it sounds, both of these groups have nearly identical intentions.

The “militant atheist” stems from a sense of revenge. Many are past members of cults, or even past preachers of the gospel, and feel that they have wasted their money, time, and all around lifetime tending to mindless dogma. They do partially want to destroy belief, but this is not the main drive for their actions. Though they use aggressive tactics like pointing out the strong fallacies and immoralities of the bible, the hypocrisies of the church, and then follow through with  personal character attacks, amazingly enough, they want the same outcome that many “militant Christians” want.

The “militant Christian” is deep into their faith to the point where they become hypocritical and then begin to hate. Generally, this hate is more driven upon what their pastor says, than what their holy book says, and therefor is seen as hypocritical. To them, atheism is viewed as either the inner workings of  the devil or their lack of presence of the “holy ghost”. The promise of hell and eternal tormenting pain is always in their arsenal of attacks and then is followed by either a belittling remark based on their pride in Jesus, or a personal attack. Scary that “militant atheists” pair so well with this group, right?

I can prove that both parties want the same exact outcome. They both want to “save” the other party from either their religious zealotry, or “save” their fellow man from hell. Ultimately, both of these actions are directly geared towards the bettering of human kind. It is interesting to think that two nearly radical groups could have the same exact basis for their actions, but it is there. In the end, though, both of them are completely wrong with how they handle themselves, and how they assert their beliefs.

Back in the days of my elementary school, I was forced to take an anger management course. Now, in all reality, I didn’t need this course at all since my “anger” was rooted in the fact that I had childhood depression, but the idea that children could be depressed, too, was not formed until long after those school days. Either way, I came out with a bit of wisdom from that course. I learned that it’s “OK to be mad, but not OK to be angry”. In other words, it’s OK to feel mad, but it’s not OK to act aggressive because you’re mad. I have a personal theory that when people act aggressive towards one another, they are not actually being aggressive towards that other person, per-say, but rather being aggressive towards themselves.

A “militant atheist’s” aggression lies in the fact that they both want to “save” humanity from dogmatic practices, but this aggression stems from their past dealing with how they were treated in church, or how they personally view their experiences in the church. This then creates a feeling of desperation within themselves since they want to both “save” that person from their dogma, and better humanity. For a “militant Christian”, they want to save humanity from the eternal torment of hell, but this aggression lies in the fact that they have a misplace form of self-righteousness; they literally want to do God’s work for either brownie points, or self gratification.

How do we get past this? Well, we need to stop with the direct attacks and start actually using words, reason, and facts; instead of turning a simple argument into nothing more than a sizing up of genitalia. The key to removing aggression is to practice patience. The moment you can calm down and actually think, is the moment that you have taken one step closer to winning that argument. If you can take some time to step out of the room room or away from the computer to cool down, you are then the “bigger man” in the battle. You can also then go back into battle with a newly refreshed and clear mind.

Welcome!


Welcome to my new blog. In this blog I am primarily focusing on the topic of atheism, the atheism community, and atheism and religion unity. I’m not only doing this blog to spread the ideas of atheism, but to possibly see if there is any way that the atheist and religious communities can co-exist without causing further conflicts.

Many of my highlights will be on personal theory, research, and the inclusion of videos, photos, and much more. I will mainly be the contradicting force against Christianity, as I have the most knowledge of Christian belief since it is the most popular in America. I am not aiming to destroy Christianity, but rather increase the knowledge that Christianity is only a belief that relies on faith, and that faith is something that should not be taken into a headstrong and destructive belief. I am not one to turn a blind eye to the fact that  Christianity and the church can, in fact, do something good. I not only aim to preserve Christianity for those that believe, but also I aim to give Christianity, and many other religions, ideas on how to combat those that make their organizations look bad, and do harm to others.

With all this in mind, I hope that you stay with me on this wonderful journey of ideas and belief. There is so much more that I have to say, and so much more that I have left to pass on to others. Please feel free to bookmark this page, or subscribe VIA e-mail on the right. Let’s all work together to bring both the atheist communities, and the religious communities to peace and understanding.