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.

Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli unanimously ratified by the US Senate on June 7, 1797, an important piece of evidence of the secular foundations of America.

Author: Chad Kohalyk

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