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The founding fathers did not want Islam in America?

Jefferson's Allah tablet at the University of Virginia

Jefferson’s Allah tablet at the University of Virginia

A website dedicated to “transforming the world with the truth of creation” once posted an obscure article about how the founding fathers were intolerant men and religious bigots who only wanted to protect constitutional liberties for fellow Christians.

The article, written by David Miller, suggests that some researchers

leave the impression that the Founders were pluralistic and welcomed Islam as a viable, authentic religion that ought to receive society’s equal encouragement and acceptance along with Christianity, further implying that other non-Christian religions, and even the irreligious and atheist, should be given the same consideration.

Miller adds:

The Founders would not have favored integrating Islam into our schools, government, and other civil institutions. Far from it.

Suggesting the founding fathers were bigots shatters everything I’ve ever thought about the American Revolution. 

Hmm.. We should turn to the founding fathers themselves…

Let us first consider George Washington in 1783…

“The bosom of America is open to receive . . . the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions, whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges . . . They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews, or Christians of any sect, or they may be atheists.”

Echoing Washington, John Adams confirmed a treaty in 1797 which stated that the US government “has in itself no character or enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity of [Muslims].”

Let us also consider Benjamin Franklin, who helped fund the construction of a religious temple in Philadelphia that would be open to all faiths, “so that even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach [Islam] to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”

And what about Thomas Jefferson? In a document on religious freedom that was written for the Virginian colonial legislature in 1777, Jefferson stated that “the Jew, the Gentile, the Christian, and the [Muslim], the Hindoo [Hindu], and infidel of every denomination” are welcome. Today a statue of Jefferson stands at the University of Virginia. He is holding a tablet that reads, “Religious Freedom, 1786”, below which is inscribed Allah, alongside God, Jehovah and Brahma.

The founding fathers did not welcome Muslims to America?

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