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Published on Apr 1, 2011
U. S.Department of State Special Envoy to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith explores how George Washington's 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. began a long history of Presidential gestures that encourage Americans to respect different faiths.
From Jefferson celebrating the end of Ramadan with the ambassador of Tunisia to George W. Bush adding a Koran to the White House library, US Presidents have taken steps to acknowledge Islam as part of the diversity of America, she recounts. Today, in the era of Facebook and instant communication, Pandith says, people around the world are looking to Americans to see how the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution are communicated and realized.