Debunking a Church/State Separatist Polemic

Over at Spinning Clio, I’ve written a longish piece (“Christianity as a ‘Founding Religion’ Disavowed: What DID the 1796 Treaty with Tripoli Say (and when did it say it)?” that investigates the historical interpretation of a rather obscure treaty that has been used to buttress the arguments of many secularists and others who seek to remove religion as a founding principle of the U.S. It is part of the History Carnival, a bi-monthly roundup of history blog posts. (This one is being hosted by Saint Nate, I’ll be hosting one of the two next month, incidentally.) If so inclined, please take a look.

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