The Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom – one of three accomplishments listed on Thomas Jefferson's epitaph – reads in part, "no man shall...suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief." In his autobiography, Jefferson made it clear he meant all religions there.
Some legislators wanted to name Jesus Christ in the statute, but they were voted down. Thus, Jefferson wrote, the law was meant "to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahommedan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination."
The First Amendment's guarantees of religious freedom drew inspiration from the Virginia statute. It formed the basis of America's one true shared religious value: We do not discriminate on the basis of religious belief.
White House officials argue that Trump rhetoric is harmful to national security, because it “makes it much harder” for the U.S. government to build relationships with Muslim groups to crack down on radicalization.
Trump's plan flies in the face of President Obama's plea to the nation Sunday night not to succumb to Islamophobia in response to terrorism.
"We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam," Obama said in the Oval Office. "If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate."
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