Let us silence this barking dog, once and for all. And I can conjure no finer day to script the eulogy for the mangy cur than on this Sunday.
I know you have heard the plaintiff paean, “America was intended as a Christian nation.” Everyone has heard it. It is impossible for anyone to avoid hearing it. And if it had the first wave of reflected truth from that which bounces off a single mote of dust . . .. Well, I don’t always enjoy receiving the “truth,” not any more than does a patient being informed of a cancer diagnosis. But I’ll take even that dreaded advisement than being left to wallow in a deliberate falsehood.
The problem, however concerning the clarion call to some Christian genesis, there’s no truth to it at all! NONE! In fact, on the grand jury legal principle of prima fascia that is employed in both criminal and tort cases under the various statutes of frauds, it is a deliberately concocted lie confected for propagandistic proselytizing and political power.
Whether one believes a given religious doctrine or another, a few features common to virtually all religions, including Christianity and, most certainly as it is being manifested today, the Moslem faiths, are those of coercive exclusion (frequently highly violent) of non-adherents via social and economic ostracization. Jesus of Nazareth himself is reported to have claimed he came to set father against son and brother against brother; hardly a welcome sign for all.
Religions have always set up factions that prove corrosive to a civil society; a recognized peril the framers of our experiment were so alarmed over they struggled to insure to the best of their ability not a single faction could look to the Constitution for support.
But to evidence unequivocal that the United States of America was never intended to provide even the first hint of adhesion to any religious orientation: In the latter years of the 1790s and early days and years of the 1800s, the North Africa states along what was known as the Barbary Coast — Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco — were rapaciously raking American shipping. Article 11 of the treaty that was unanimously ratified by the US Senate to end the interference with US shipping states: “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion (emphasis mine),-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan 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.” (http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/diplomacy/barbary/bar1796t.htm#art11)
Additionally, Paragraph 2 of Article VI of the US Constitution states, “. . . all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land (emphasis mine). . .”
Thus it is that every subsequent promulgation or other effort to rewrite and/or reconstrue American history, the Constitution, the treaties we have signed for any purpose whatsoever is by definition the perpetration of deliberate fraud.
I am beyond dumbfounded over how easily Americans, by their literal ignorance, pursued and by benign neglect, permit themselves to be swayed by all manner of Big Lie perturbations. C’mon: cut the crap! Stand up and call the lie what it is and the liar what he or she is: a damned liar! Or ignorant as hell! This wonderful, glorious “last best hope of mankind” country, by mortal design, belongs to each and every one of us, and not to any one of us exclusively.— Ed Tubbs