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Reader comment on item: In 1796, U.S. Vowed Friendliness With Islam

Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Nov 8, 2006 at 14:02

How many Muslims were living in the United States in 1796? The situation, at the time, was as follows. Most Americans were Protestants, there were very few English Catholics and some Jews. Later, Protestant America became a nation based on Judaeo-Christian values. Today, America is still a Protestant Christian country, with large Catholic and Jewish minorities.

There is a chance that the nation will have to re-define itself once again, due to strong Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist migrations. This is a first reason why it was much easier to be friends back in 1776. Then, bear this in mind, at that time, Muslims were very anti-European because we had invaded their lands, therefore they viewed the Americans as good friends of theirs. So, there are two sides to this issue: 1) in 1776, America was a mono-cultural society and 2) in 1776, America was not attacking Muslim countries.

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