Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Presidencies of John Adams and George Washington Weigh in on Muslims and America as a "Christian Nation"

"As the government of the United States 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 (Muslims) - and as the said states have 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."

- 1796 treaty with Tripoli, written under the Presidency of George Washington and signed under the Presidency of John Adams

(And yes, there is some question over the "legitimacy" of Article 11, since it does not appear in the Arabic translation of the Treaty. However, the English version, which did contain Article 11, was signed into law by Adams making any quibbling over this an essentially moot point)


  1. Mr. Morse,

    This blog is the only one on the internet I read. Posts like this one are a huge reason why. I've been following you since your first Lost column on Chud (a site I visit more than any other), and take every opportunity available to sing your praises. As a devoted fan of Lost I found your insight into the mythological and, most importantly, philosophical nooks and crannies of my favorite show to be at the least refreshing, and at most inspiring. I've been meaning to let you know about the profound changes some of your writing have caused in my life, simple truths of a greater understanding and of compassion that we all knew in our youth, but allowed the pain and darkness of the world to cover with cynicism and bitterness. Lost, especially your diagnosis of it's deeper spiritual and philosophical threads, has inspired me to strive for a better understanding of myself, and the universe in which I reside.

    Following you over to Verbosity! I find myself amazed that I agree with everything you post (except some of your Hump Day Shuffle songs), and routinely share your thoughts with friends I hope to help grow, since you seem to have a much better knack for clear, concise and above all respectful presentation of your beliefs and ideas than I.

    So thank you, Mr. Morse, with appreciation and respect. Please don't stop writing, and anything you put out, be it your much anticipated Lost book or anything else you see fit to bestow upon your thankful readers, will be voraciously gobbled up by me, and those like me.


    Nicolas Rinear

  2. Nicolas,

    I'm frankly flattered. Thanks so much for taking the time to write, and for the kind words. I'll keep writing as long as folks like yourself keep reading. It was a real pleasure to write about Lost and to feel as though my scribblings were touching a chord with people. Hearing that they might have had a positive impact on your life - however small - is enormously gratifying and more than a little humbling.

    Back to the Island: The Book is on schedule for release in a month or two and in the meantime I hope you'll continue to enjoy Lost & Found and continue to drop by here.