Sunday, August 07, 2005

Shadow on the moon

Hmmm. This blogging thing is a little more time consuming than I thought. You'd think someone in this day and age could post a little more often. I guess either my life is more busy, or I have less to say, than the average blogger. Sad, I know.
Here's a good anti-religious quote I found today -
"The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church." Ferdinand Magellan
More faith in shadow, indeed. A genius. Or lunatic. Take your pick.
Oh, one more. This in a very unknown American treaty (
The Treaty of Tripoli, passed by the U.S. Senate in 1797, read in part: "The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." The treaty was written during the Washington administration, and sent to the Senate during the Adams administration. It was read aloud to the Senate, and each Senator received a printed copy. This was the 339th time that a recorded vote was required by the Senate, but only the third time a vote was unanimous (the next time was to honor George Washington). There is no record of any debate or dissension on the treaty. It was reprinted in full in three newspapers - two in Philadelphia, one in New York City. There is no record of public outcry or complaint in subsequent editions of the papers.