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Regarding "Fed up with Revisionist History" in the November 14 issue of the Sentinel-News.
Whether the inhabitants of Jamestown practiced a perverted life style or not is certainly not relative to my objection to this letter. Men and women have been involved in this since the ancient times as history will tell you. That does not make it right and Christian Biblical scripture calls it an "abomination."
As to the Treaty of Tripoli, we must understand with whom it was instituted and why. We were trying to peaceably stop the pirates of the Barbary Coast who were plundering and preying upon our commercial shipping mostly in the waters off Tripoli. We had been paying them, as had other European countries, to permit our shipping to pass unharmed but when the U.S. stopped, they again started pirating our ships. This treaty was an attempt to stop this practice. It did not work for very long and the U.S. had to send our Navy and Marines into the waters to take military action to stop this pirating. The Marine Hymn tells of this action. The Treaty was again signed after that action. These pirates were of the Muslim faith. They had no love for a nation that was almost entirely Christian.
We all should know that our First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . ." Article 11 of the Treaty with Tripoli is only stating that our nation is not ruled by a statesman or titular head who requires us to be under a certain religious rule and to worship in a certain way.
The wording, "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 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." All this does is reiterate what the First Amendment says.
Those who dislike or are atheist love to hit on this article of the Treaty to make a point against the Christian ethics of this nation and to belittle Christianity.The First Amendment was required by the delegates from the individual states before they would sign the Constitution on behalf of their representative state. The reason: They remembered the King of England who left the Roman Catholic Church to institute the Church of England and require all subjects to do likewise. Many left that nation to come to this one for that very reason. They did not want that to occur here in America.
This nation was, however, founded on the principles and philosophy of the Christian faith and Biblical scriptures. You only need to read the writings of our Founding Fathers to learn this fact.
As to the war and military action in the Middle East, that the letter refers, she evidently wishes to withdraw totally from there and place our nation at the mercy of Osama bin Laden and allied Islamofascist terrorists. May we never see this nation take on a isolationist posture again as it did prior to Hitler's fascist regime in Europe. It cost this nation more lives that I like to think about.