Sunday, December 28, 2014

Jefferson's Advocacy For Protection Of Jew, Gentile, Mahometan, Hindoo And Infidel

Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography

1821 Works 1:71

"The bill for establishing religious freedom, the principles of which had, to a certain degree, been enacted before, I had drawn in all the latitude of reason and right. It still met with opposition; but, with some mutilations in the preamble, it was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word "Jesus Christ," so that it should read, "a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination." (For more insight into Jefferson's relationship with Islam, see 

Founding Fathers' Insistence On Religious Toleration, Including Muslims And "Infidels"

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