“When Thomas Jefferson and James Madison first proposed the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom (the frame and basis of the later First Amendment to the Constitution) in 1779, the preamble began, 'Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free...' Patrick Henry and other devout Christians attempted to substitute the words 'Jesus Christ' for 'Almighty God' in this opening passage, and were overwhelmingly voted down. This vote was interpreted by Jefferson to mean that Virginia's representatives wanted the law 'to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahomedan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination.'
Jefferson studied the Qur'an, and it remains a part of his estate to this day. Benjamin Franklin was also specific about the breadth of American religious tolerance.
"Even if the Mufti [chief jurist] of Constantinople [from the Muslim Ottoman Empire] were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service."
They held to these beliefs, in spite of their "9/11," the Barbary Pirates.”
“Of course someone did it. It didn't do itself. We can't move on. He will be indicted, and once he is indicted, he is entitled to a speedy trial. Therefore, the investigation must be done carefully. However, if you want personally to avoid the story, you're obviously not trying hard enough.”
Chris and Paul on Apr 22, 2014 at 08:43:54
“He will be indicted the same day OBama is impeached! It will never happen!”