Now Keith Ellison has decided to interject the Quran’s influence into American history. From The Detroit Free Press:
Detroit native Keith Ellison, the first Muslim Congressman, told the Free Press Friday that he used the Quran during his oath of office because the Islamic holy book helped influence the founding fathers of America.
Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, garnered international attention Thursday when he used a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson during his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for the House of Representatives.
The Quran is “definitely an important historical document in our national history and demonstrates that Jefferson was a broad visionary thinker who not only possessed a Quran, but read it,” Ellison said in an interview with the Free Press. “It would have been something that contributed to his own thinking.”
Mr. Ellison, could you please direct me to the specific surah that influenced Thomas Jefferson? Which elements of the Quran found its way into the American Constitution, a document which is the antithesis of Sharia law?
This is definitely akin to the claim that Muslims Discovered America before Columbus. It represents a desperate desire to find Islamic roots in a country seeped in a Judeo/Christian tradition and is indeed one of the most gross distortions of American history that I have ever heard of.