Posted By saintbenaiah

The group called American Atheists attempted to force the state of Florida to take down a monument of the Ten Commandments from in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in the little town of Starke. The courts ruled against taking down the Ten Commandments but allowed them to place their own monument on the site. An un-named donor supplied the funds for this monument to atheism, which is the first such monument on government property. Now, right across from the display of the Ten Commandments, which commemorates our country’s historical dependence upon Judeo-Christian values and traditions, stands an appropriate and ironic symbol of their beliefs–a seat, the seat of the scornful, that is (Psalms 1:1). 

The American Atheist group attempts to deceive the American public by suggesting with quotes on this monument that this country was founded on atheistic beliefs instead of on Judeo-Christian values. It is not surprising that they attempt to deceive, given who their spiritual father is (John 8:44). The monument has inscribed on it "…the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion." This quote, from article 11 of the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, is presented devoid of any historical context.

For 300 years prior to the treaty, Muslim pirates terrorized the Barbary shipping lanes. Men and ships would be held for ransom or forced to become Muslim. While British colonies, the states had the protection of the mighty British navy. Once independent, however, America had to deal with these pirates and the easiest way was to make treaties with these Barbary Muslim states. 

The treaty was a stop-gap measure to deal with harassing Muslim attacks until a strong navy could be built. The wording in the treaty suggests only that our government was not inherently at war with Muslim states. The original Arabic version of the treaty did not even have the wording of article 11. When the treaty was renegotiated in 1805, the above text was conspicuously absent. 

It is dishonest of the atheists to take a disputed line from an obscure treaty and suggest it means more than the references to the Creator in the founding document of this country–the Declaration of Independence.


Eric L. Padgett


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