LETTER: U.S. government wasn’t founded on Christianity

The government of the United States “is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion,” President John Adams declared in the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797.

The United States Constitution is a secular document.

The presidential oath of office does not contain the phrase “so help me God” or any requirement to swear on a Bible.

The Associated Press reported in May 2015 in a Pew Research Center poll that 56 million Americans are religiously unaffiliated.

Christians, an aggregate term for diverse sects, comprise 71 percent of the religions, according to Pew.

Others faiths include Muslims, Jews and Hindus.

You may practice your religion freely in this country.

You are not free to try to claim it for others.

Ona Sheppard,