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Posted by Randall Terrell on November 5, 2002 19:44:43 UTC

Somehow, I hate to jump into this, but I just can't resist.

There has been some previous discussion on this forum about whether the "founding fathers" of this country were "christian" or "other" (see http://www.astronomy.net/forums/god/messages/23782.shtml) and therefore whether this country (the U.S.) is "Christian Country." I've got add a few things to the debate.

This country may have been founded by men who were "Christian" or subscribed to "Christian" principles. However, the U.S. is definitively NOT a christian country.

Exhibit 1--The First Amendment.
Exhibit 2--The U.S. Senate in 1802 approved a treaty with the Barbary states that said, (and I'm paraphrasing this) "The United States is, in no way, a Christian nation." I'll add a cite to that, but the last time I found it, it was on Harvard's great books cite.

The point being, a country can be founded by men with certain principles without those principles binding the country they create. As further example, the U.S. was founded by men who were products of the "Age of Enlightenment"--does any body want to argue that we're an "enlightened" country?

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