False Religion or False History?
Connie Cook Smith – 2008-03-14
False religion or false history
by Connie Cook Smith
March 14, 2008
According to Mother Jones magazine, Ohio televangelist Rod Parsley is John McCain’s “spiritual adviser.” Rev. Parsley preaches : “…America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion (Islam) destroyed.”
Instead of targeting others’ religion, the TV preacher ought to rectify his false take on American history. As I wrote to the magazine
Founding father and president John Adams signed the U.S. Treaty of Tripoli in 1797, after it was unanimously approved by Congress, which was comprised of additional founding fathers. I quote Article 11:
“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 tranquillity, of Mussulmen (Muslims);
and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan (Mohammedan) 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.”
In one fell swoop here, United States law and history inform us that not only does American tradition bear no enmity towards Muslims or their religion — in total contradiction to Rev. Parsley’s claims — but that our government “is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
This is not a denunciation of Christianity — it is an affirmation of religious freedom. All citizens are safe and free in their beliefs. And such safety is paramount in a good society.
Along these lines it’s also instructive to remember Article VI in our Constitution, which states: “no religious test shall ever be required” for any federal office. This means, for example, a U.S. president can be any religion in the world, or no religion at all. Once again, being safe in one’s beliefs was created by our founders as such a hallmark of American freedom that no one can be denied even the presidency on the basis of religion.
Some would say now that “no enmity towards Muslims” was ended by 9/11. But I personally agree with the thousands of high-level professionals from military, government, agency, aeronautical, engineering, and academic fields who’ve looked into the evidence and concluded that Muslims were framed — in order to justify U.S. invasions into the oil-rich Middle East.
Meanwhile, Rev. Parsley should apologize — along with John Hagee and James Dobson and others — for leading their congregations astray with their “Christian nation” talk. Assigning this country only one religion is something that is fundamentally opposed to our founders’ vision of American freedom.
And Mr. McCain and his aging brain? I fear it’s time for him to shuffle off to a nursing home or other care center, where his erratic temper and increasingly poor judgment won’t be able to harm this nation and the world.