In my last post I touched on the topic of "Separation of church and State." I'm not done with this subject, as it is extremely important for everyone to understand the history of these words so they may vote accordingly in the up-coming elections.
It disturbs me that there are those willing to change our perspectives based on lies. They can do this because most Americans don't know our history. I am guilty of forgetting what was taught to me in high school, and 25 years later, I'm still guilty of not remembering the date or the name of an event that is so crucial to American Politics today. I have since cleared out the cobwebs in my brain and gathered and reorganized so I may have maximum capacity to relearn what was once a, "Why do we need this stuff anyway?" attitude.
So with this confession a new door opens. A doorway to the past that I may enter and come out a more knowledgeable citizen, recognizing the lies of today. The big lie that is being propagated by the Tea Party, wether unintentional by not being informed or those in the party just simply mislead, is that our politics and religion have become intertwined and tangled up in the up-coming elections.
Christine O'Donnell asked the question, "Where do you find it in the Constitution that talks about Separation of church and State?" Is she kidding? She is right. It does not in fact state those exact words, but words that maybe she doesn't understand. The exact words in the Constitution under the 1st Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." This is fact number one that we are not a Christian Nation.
Fact number two? Well, that would be the little piece of paper known as the "Treaty of Tripoli" or officially called, the "Treaty of peace and friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli, of Barbary." And guess who the Bey and subjects are? Algiers, a Muslim Nation. This in fact was our Country's first treaty with the Muslim Nation and in Article 11 of this treaty it was written, "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 tranquillity, 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."
The intentions of our Founding Fathers is clearly stated in published writings throughout their lives authored by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Payne to name a few. Their views were transparent and the concept to divorce religion from government was an idea that they all agreed upon. Not only did they agree, but most of these great men did not participate in the Christian religion, but wanted to make sure that no matter who you worshiped, you were free to do it and the government had no say.
I hope after reading this you come out of the doorway with a new understanding and that you too can recognize what the truth really is.
I need a BIG pot of coffee!