In modern American political discourse, a great many individuals have been making the claim that America was founded by Christians as a nation built upon Christian morality. Somehow, mind-bogglingly, these claims are made in spite of the existence of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
I was recently pointed to a new argument against the Christian Nation idea in the form of the Treaty of Tripoli, which contains, as Article 11, the text:
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.
Not that the wingnuts that would make such absurd claims would listen to reason but the Treaty of Tripoli was unanimously ratified by the US Senate and signed into law by John Adams in 1797. That the Treaty of Tripoli dates to 21 years after US independence and 9 years after the US Constitution makes it a pretty clear indicator of both national sentiment and the intent of the founding fathers, what with them still being around and all.
Maybe I should start taking a more militantly atheistic stance to my personal philosophy.