This video of the far-right wing christian “minister” John Hagee, gives us a good look into the minds and hearts of the christain movement in the U.S. today. It doesn’t seem all that much different than the rhetoric and insanity of extreme Islam or Judaic Zionism. It gives the message, “my way or the highway,” and has no regard for the diversity of opinion and belief created by our Founding Fathers, the throwing off of the shackles of English domination at the time, and our explicit and definable Constitution which creates no state religion, and actually disallows it.
Hagee’s obvious errors, brought about by his own prejudices and inabilities to look at the facts that he ignores, are glaring to all but the “choir of the faithful” to whom he is preaching, and who pad his overly generous salary and outside income. It is, after all, a business, and a lucrative one at that.
I must comment in more detail on at least one lie that he throws out as the truth, and that is that the U.S. was founded by christians and intended to be a christian nation. I have spent over thirty years studying and understanding the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary. That treaty, in its unanimous ratification by the U.S. Congress, states: “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 [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] 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.”
According to Frank Lambert, Professor of History at Purdue University, the assurances in Article 11 were “intended to allay the fears of the Muslim state by insisting that religion would not govern how the treaty was interpreted and enforced. John Adams and the Senate made clear that the pact was between two sovereign states, not between two religious powers.” Lambert writes:”By their actions, the Founding Fathers made clear that their primary concern was religious freedom, not the advancement of a state religion. Individuals, not the government, would define religious faith and practice in the United States. Thus the Founders ensured that in no official sense would America be a Christian Republic. Ten years after the Constitutional Convention ended its work, the country assured the world that the United States was a secular state, and that its negotiations would adhere to the rule of law, not the dictates of the Christian faith. The assurances were contained in the Treaty of Tripoli of 1797 and were intended to allay the fears of the Muslim state by insisting that religion would not govern how the treaty was interpreted and enforced. John Adams and the Senate made clear that the pact was between two sovereign states, not between two religious powers.”
The Senate’s ratification was only the third time in history the Senate had voted unanimously. It was the 339th time that the Senate decided to require a recorded vote. The treaty was printed in the Philadelphia Gazette and two New York papers, with no evidence of any public dissent.
A totally secular treaty, negating any pretense of religion in the founding, or operation of, the United States. And Hagee says that those who deny the christian basis of our nation and Constitution should be leaving the country. Maybe it’s Mr. Hagee and his hate-filled, misinformed, misanthropes who would be more comfortable elsewhere.