The U.S. & Religion…

An interesting post over at Marginal Revolution on the 1796 Treaty of Tripoli. From the treaty, which did not cause controversy at the time:

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 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.

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