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1 freetoken  Sat, Oct 5, 2013 5:06:55pm

It’s a bit of a stretch to say Jefferson was “pro” Islam. Rather, as the article points out:

It should be said at the outset that these exceptional men were not motivated by any inherent appreciation for Islam as a religion. Muslims, for most American Protestants, remained beyond the outer limit of those possessing acceptable beliefs, but they nevertheless became emblems of two competing conceptions of the nation’s identity: one essentially preserving the Protestant status quo, and the other fully realizing the pluralism implied in the Revolutionary rhetoric of inalienable and universal rights.

The idea is that “rights” are universal and thus transcend religious boundaries.

2 nines09  Sat, Oct 5, 2013 5:09:43pm

I hear pressure building in David Bartons head.

3 ProTARDISLiberal  Sat, Oct 5, 2013 5:26:30pm

It should also be noted that the First Nation to Recognize the US was Morocco. They recognized the US in 1777, and aided the US through providing safe harbour and supplies.

We would sign a Treaty of Friendship with them in 1789, making them the first ally of the US. They would later stand by the Union during the American Civil War, and some Moroccans were attached to US Forces in North Africa and Italy.

4 Velvet Elvis  Sat, Oct 5, 2013 6:11:54pm

It’s kinda cool to see this featured here, given the site’s history.

5 EPR-radar  Sat, Oct 5, 2013 6:14:16pm

re: #2 nines09

I hear pressure building in David Bartons head.

I would be truly saddened to hear of any unfortunate results from such pressure. //

6 nines09  Sat, Oct 5, 2013 8:07:22pm

re: #5 EPR-radar

Me too. But if the pressure was too great they could always drill holes to relieve it.

7 BusyMonster  Sat, Oct 5, 2013 9:53:17pm

re: #6 nines09

Me too. But if the pressure was too great they could always drill bigger holes to relieve it.

FIFY

He’s already got a pretty big mouth-hole out of which vents plenty of hot gas.

8 CuriousLurker  Sun, Oct 6, 2013 5:21:40am

I read the article last night with much interest. Thanks for posting it.


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