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Proclaim liberty throughout all the land. . .  Lev. 25:10a

July 2004

Dear friend of KHCS,

Was America really founded by Deists and agnostics, as so many claim?

Did President John Adams really write, “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion”?

Let’s take this last question first.

The quotation is from the 1796 Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11.  This was one of eight treaties to put down piracy against American vessels along the Barbary Coast of North Africa. 

Article 11, reads, in its entirety:  “As the government of the United States of America is not founded on the Christian religion, -as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, -and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan 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.”

Now, Presidents do not write treaties.  Diplomats do.  And in this case, the original treaty was in Arabic and the American translator was Joel Barlow.

The kicker is this: about three years later it was discovered that Barlow’s English translation of the Arabic treaty contained many inaccuracies.  In fact, Article 11 did not even exist in the original treaty!

We can now only speculate as to why Barlow inserted this bizarre phrase.  But, when the treaty was revisited in 1805, the part about America not being “founded on the Christian religion” was removed. 

Scoffers also declare that our founders were not true Christians.  But, when the Constitution was being drafted, there was a great deal of debate over whether or not public office should be open only to Christians.  Some citizens expressed concern that “Pagans, Deists and Mahometans might obtain offices among us.”  Just think about that if our founders were all Deists and pagans, why would anyone worry that they might hold public office? 

As we celebrate America’s liberty this July 4th, let us remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration, who wrote in 1781: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the Gift of God.”

Let us all take up the cause of preserving the freedoms for which so many before us have given their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

You may be called to serve in the military, or to run for public office.

You may be led to write letters to the newspapers supporting such truths as I have presented in this letter.  God may want you to financially support organizations that work to preserve our freedoms to pray, to worship, and practice our faith. 

I do hope that you will also do your part in the support of the listener-supported, non-commercial ministry of KHCS

We are now operating from our new studio location, and have just two weeks to move our old equipment.  This will become a backup system that will better enable us to serve you.  However, we are still far short of the funds needed to finalize this project.  I hope you can assist us with a special, one-time tax-deductible contribution of $100, $200, $500 or whatever you can afford.  Your faithful support is always very much appreciated.

In His joy!

Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager