As a matter of historical fact, America entered into the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797 which included in part the following statement: "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion " I wonder if the Texas Board would consider inserting this item in their textbooks?
Probably not, since the treaty goes on to read in Article 11.
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.
Wow…I never saw that anywhere before. Still, though I’m happy to see some clarification, one wonders why they didn’t just add the world history and maintain the philosophy. I mean, after all, Jefferson wasn’t exactly without merit there as well. :shrug:
The drafting of this treaty began during George Washington’s presidency. The final draft was read in full in the Senate where it was approved unanimously and then signed by Washington’s successor, President John Adams. The full text of the treaty was also published in three American newspapers in Philadelphia and New York. The American diplomat who authored this treaty was a close friend of Jefferson.
Seems to have been widely broadcast and without controversy. I somehow doubt such would be the case today. :eek:
Since we are on the subject of Mr. Jefferson, I have found some quotes of his that may spark some further discussion on this 4th of July. They follow…
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
This next one I find pretty interesting, though they all are thought provoking IMO.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Here’s another one that speaks of that.
“Our Liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Currie 1786
What do we think of this today? Do we agree or disagree? Would the majority of people do so? :hmmm:
This one certainly might have some bearing on what we have just heard from the SCOTUS.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Personally I kinda like this one.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
Well. there’s a statement that might not sit well with some of us. Like those folks in the news lately who are working to prevent a Muslim Mosque being built in their community.
]Murfreesboro, Tennessee Mosque Plan Draws Criticism from Residents …*
*]Murfreesboro mosque opponents pack commission meeting | tennessean …**
*]Murfreesboro mosque debate turns ugly
This one is another favorite of mine.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
And finally, these last two certainly give me some pause.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
I think Mr. Jefferson certainly gives us lots to think about and discuss on this 4th of July.
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