Today is Treaty of Tripoli Day

On June 10th 1797, after wide publication of the full text and (only the third) unanimous vote of approval by the Senate, President John Adams signed into US Law the Treaty of Tripoli. The treaty is notable mainly due to Article 11. Pres. Obama referred to it in Cairo recently, but he elided the first clause: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;”

Treaty of Tripoli, June 10 1797

Treaty of Tripoli, June 10 1797


Got that, Christian revisionists? The United States was not founded as a Christian nation; that’s not just an opinion, it’s the law!

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~ by B.T. Murtagh on June 10, 2009.

3 Responses to “Today is Treaty of Tripoli Day”

  1. The line “the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” has long been one of my favorites…perhaps someday, in saner times, we can make this day a national holiday!

  2. Yes, let’s call it “End Antidisestablishmentarianism Day!” šŸ™‚

  3. I have placed an article online that offers an argument against the Treaty of Tripoli as supporting the Secular America Thesis (SAT) at
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Tempest-in-a-Treaty-Does-the-Treaty-of-Tripoli-Support-a-Secular-America

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