Want to know what to toss at the Right Wing religious nuts who argue…”
“Before Obama was elected, no one had ever heard of a United States president saying to the world that the United States is not a judeo-christian nation.”
Oh, REALLY??? Gee, from the beginning of the nation that can be proven as WRONG and obvious BS, because…
“Art. 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 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.”
Treaty of Tripoli– Signed by President John Adams, started during the Washington administration
So just say, “No, NOT TRUE: Treaty of Tripoli PROVES that wrong.”
Now, in response, you will hear some on the Right claim that the treaty was “mistranslated” through the “Barlow translation.” However…
It is to be remembered that the Barlow translation is that which was submitted to the Senate (American State Papers, Foreign Relations, II, 18-19) and which is printed in the Statutes at Large and in treaty collections generally; it is that English text which in the United States has always been deemed the text of the treaty.
However the Arabic and English texts differ, the Barlow translation (Article 11 included) was the text presented by the President and ratified unanimously in 1796 by the U.S. Senate following strict Constitutional procedures.
Note: they are obviously either ignorant… or liars.