So Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) will be sworn in using Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran. There is a myth going around that Jefferson owned a copy of that book because he wanted to better understand the enemy.
problem with this claim is that it is not true. I've studied the
Founding record meticulously and found NO evidence that Jefferson was
interested in the Koran because he saw Islam as an ENEMY faith or to better
understand a threat.
That's not to say that certain Islamic forces didn't cause threats and other problems for Jefferson and other Founders.
The best someone like Robert Spencer could argue is that the Founding Fathers were naive for NOT concluding Islam qua Islam was a threat.
Read the Treaty of Tripoli
where the Founders conceded the American government was not in any
sense founded on the Christian religion and as such they sought peaceful
relations with Muslims.
Jefferson, J. Adams, Franklin
and Washington all thought Jews, Christians and Muslims worshipped the
The Founding Fathers arguably saw Roman Catholicism as more of a threat
than Islam. And they were far more concerned with the persecution and
bloodshed that in-fights among Christian sects had been causing than