• jay

    It’s amazing how often atheists and secularists cite the Treaty of Tripoli. Yes, it says that the US is not founded on Christianity. But, (a) It was not written by the “Founding Fathers”, but by Joel Barlow, the US consul to Algiers. I am not aware of any record that any of the Founding Fathers had anything to do with writing it. (b) There are hundreds of documents by the actual Founding Fathers affirming Christianity as a fundamental basis for the U.S. For example, John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, wrote, “it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”. John Adams wrote, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were … the general principles of Christianity.” John Quincy Adams gave a speech in which he said, “In the chain of human events, the birthday of [this] nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior … Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon the Earth? That it laid the cornerstonre of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?” In George Washington’s Farewell Address he said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to politicial prosperity, religion and morality are indispensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” Etc. One could give hundreds of quotes from the Founding Fathers asserting the importance of Christianity to the foundation of the United States. Are we to understand that all of these are somehow negated by one statement from an assistant ambassador?