Our Founding Fathers included Islam - Salon.com

One year later, in 1784, Washington theoretically enfolded Muslims into his private world at Mount Vernon. In a letter to a friend seeking a carpenter and bricklayer to help at his Virginia home, he explained that the workers’ beliefs—or lack thereof—mattered not at all: If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews or Christian of an[y] Sect, or they may be Atheists.” Clearly, Muslims were part of Washington’s understanding of religious pluralism—at least in theory.

Fascinating look at what the Founding Fathers thought of Islam. With all of the anti rhetoric being thrown around, it’s nice to consider things like this.

August 5, 2015 · politics · islam · Culture

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