In 1791 Thomas Jefferson led the fight for religious freedom and separation of church and state in his native
It also guaranteed, as was the intent as stated in Jefferson's personal correspondence, that no one should suffer in any way for his "religious opinions or belief." When the First Amendment to the Constitution went into effect in 1791,
Earliest legislation and several treaties entered into by the
The following treaty seems the most apropo for these times.
In 1797 the Treaty of Tripole in Article 11 reads:
Article 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 Musselmen; 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.
The treaty was signed at