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corey said...

Why does it seem to me there are so many uneducated people of religion in America than in any other country in the World?

Let me educate those who are reading now:

“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.” ~ Tripoli of Barbary. Art. 11. - Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.

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"The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State." ~ James Madison a.k.a. 'The Father of the Constitution of the United States of America

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"The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy." ~ George Washington

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"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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“The insinuation of "In God we trust" and "One nation under God" on our money and Pledge of Allegiance, respectively, are treated, Boston quipped, as if they were hammered in directly by the Founders upon inception of our country. In fact, these were reactions to the fear of "godless Communism" and other factors and didn't take place until the 1950's. There are also remarks and documents that support the "Christian Nation" ideas, but these are on the periphery, with little or no power, flatly overturned, or disregarded and embarrassing. The Northwest Ordinance is held up, for example, by the Religious Right for its wording as if it has the same central role in our government as the U.S. Constitution. Boston observed that in the 19th century, fundamentalist clerics bemoaned the godless nature of the Constitution and strove to amend it to make references to God and Christianity. Now, however, the spiritual descendants of these people are making wild distortions to somehow hallucinate such meaning into the same document.” ~ Free thought Association of West Michigan, Meeting Minutes for June 25, 2003; #141, Topic: Why the Religious Right is Wrong About Separation of Church and State

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Corey Mondello Boston, Massachusetts www.CoreyMondello.com>

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