Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Definitive Answer

"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 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."

--Article 11 of The US Treaty with Tripoli, aka the Treaty of Peace and Friendship (1796)
The treaty was approved by President John Adams and Secretary of State Timothy Pickering and ratified by the Senate.

[Emphasis added]
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