I’m counting down the top myths people have about Islam & Muslims. At #4 on my countdown is the myth that America is a Judeo Christian nation & Islam has no place in the US of A.
Taking aside from the fact that all three religions are monotheist, Abrahamic faiths, why is it that America has such a problem with Islam?
It’s easy to stand on a soapbox and publicly bluster about what you think the Founding Fathers would think about the godless, multicultural United States today. After all, these were Christian, God-fearing men, damn it.
They certainly wouldn’t put up with all this tolerance for these terrorist religions.
It’s a good thing some Americans are standing up for good old-fashioned American values and passing laws to prohibit Islamic law from taking over the U.S., because that’s totally around the corner!
Somewhere, Thomas Jefferson is smiling in his grave!
Even if they were staunch Christians (or deists, whatever), plenty of the Founding Fathers had a healthy admiration for the Muslim faith. Thomas Jefferson, for example, taught himself Arabic using his own copy of the Quran and hosted the first White House Iftar during Ramadan.
Maybe Thomas Jefferson was the only one who felt this way?
John Adams hailed the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as one of the great “inquirers after truth.”
Benjamin Rush, who was so Christian he wanted a Bible in every school, but he also said that he would rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mohammad “inculcated upon our youth” than see them grow deprived “of a system of religious principles.”
Benjamin Franklin once declared: “Even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”
Even George Washington personally welcomed Muslims to come work for him at Mount Vernon.
So, why all this Founding Father/Muslim love?
Probably because Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah of Morocco was the first world figure to recognise the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1777.
Another reason was that the Founding Fathers were smart enough to distinguish between terrorists and everybody else on the whole damn planet, as demonstrated in the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797.
It was in this agreement that the U.S. declared:
“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 Mussulmen [Muslims].”
Next time you hear racist views of american commentators, you’d be best served remembering some of these facts.
Number 3 on the list is up tomorrow.