Note: the following is in response to the Church Corner column printed Oct. 17 (Time to stand up for our Christian nation).
The Treaty of Tripoli (Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary) was signed at Tripoli on Nov. 4, 1796, and at Algiers (for a third-party witness) on Jan. 3, 1797. It was submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797, and signed by Adams, taking effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797.
It states in part:
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
To add a more modern note:
“We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” – Ronald Reagan