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Tag: Thomas Jefferson


US: Deism guided founders, not Christianity

Re: “Both sides have a responsibility” (letter, 12-28).

The writer closes an otherwise interesting letter by suggesting that our laws were established by men “who based their principles on their Judeo-Christian beliefs.”

Our country may have been sought out for the prospect of religious freedom, but it was not founded on Christian beliefs. In 1797, President John Adams presented the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli and Barbary to Congress. In it, Article 11 posited that “the government of the United States is not, in any sense founded in Christian

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DEBT: Jefferson had thoughts on that, too

Re: “2nd Amendment could stand updating (letter, 2-21).

The letter writer took a quote from a letter to Samuel Kercheval from Thomas Jefferson, presumably to support the notion that the Second Amendment needs to be changed. The following from the letter speaks volumes to the current state of the union, and it isn’t about the 2nd Amendment.

Jefferson wrote that “we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat

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GUNS: 2nd Amendment could stand updating

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1816: “Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them, like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. I also know that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when he was a boy.”

The age of the musket has long been surpassed by the scientific improvements to the gun. The Second Amendment, which went into effect in 1791, has not kept pace with present-day advances. It may

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EUGENE ROBINSON: Columnist needs history lesson

Re: Eugene Robinson column 8-17

Rather than just accepting the Obama spin-machine version of the history of the Ramadan dinner at the White House, perhaps columnist Eugene Robinson should have done some fact checking.

Thomas Jefferson invited a representative of the Barbary Pirates (not the Tunisian ambassador – Tunis was a member of the Ottoman Empire and referred to as a Barbary State). This “country” survived by attacking shipping in the Mediterranean and were known as the Barbary Pirates. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Islamic market in North Africa and the

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