05 January 2016

What the Founders Said About Islam

In what continues to be one of his most outrageous claims yet, President Barack Obama has asserted time and time again that not only is our nation “under God” no longer a Christian nation but that other religions, specifically Islam, have been “woven into the fabric” of America since its inception.

According to Obama, Islam has long been an important yet suppressed part of American history with Muslims making significant contributions to the building of the country.

I’m not sure where the president is getting his information because even a middle school history student could tear these outlandish assertions apart like historian David Barton did in an interview with Glenn Beck.

Upon hearing the president’s claims, Barton set out to find any contributions Muslims made in America’s history — the first of which took place in 1856, 80 years after the founding, when Secretary of War Jefferson Davis hired a Muslim to help train camels in Arizona.

Even if the plan to combat Native Americans from camel back hadn’t fallen apart, this contribution could hardly be classified as significant.

However, Barton did discover an area in which Muslims had a considerable influence on America, though it comes in the form of an enemy instead of ally.

After the United States won its independence from England in 1776,  American vessels were no longer protected overseas by Britain and France. This opened up U.S. ships to countless raids by Muslim pirates hailing from the Barbary Coast.

Attacks continued even after the United States agreed to pay for safe passage, forcing America to send founding fathers Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as representatives to negotiate a deal. There they discovered the real reason the Muslim pirates plundered their ships.

Motivated by more than treasure, power or greed, these pirates were duty-bound by Islamic law to attack non-Muslims.

Each of the American representatives wrote of their experience, conveying harsh realities of Islam that are still apparent today.

“The ambassador answered us that (the right to attack shipping) was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman [sic] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise,” Jefferson wrote to Secretary of State John Jay, calling peace an impossibility.

Franklin echoed Jefferson’s sentiments saying, “Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book (the Quran) forbidden, since it is well known from it, that God has given the World, and all that it contains, to his faithful Mussulmen, who are to enjoy it of Right as fast as they conquer it.”

Lastly, Adams reported back to Jay that the Muslim Prophet Muhammad was a “military fanatic” who “denies that laws were made for him; he abrogates everything by force of arms.”

By the time Jefferson was voted into office, the Muslims pirates were charging even more money for passage and the attacks still continued. Jefferson took swift action and launched the U.S. Navy against the Barbary pirates, chasing them all the way to Tripoli and giving birth to the United States Marine Corps (H/T The Federalist Papers Project).

Obama may not be far off in saying Muslims played a role in shaping America; he’s just a little fuzzy on the details.

Or perhaps Obama knows the truth but believes that if he says it long enough and loud enough, people will start to believe it. Either way, Obama’s promotion of Islam, reluctance to fight the Islamic State group and his apparent determination to arm Iran with a nuclear weapon, show where his loyalties lie.

Found here.


Guffaw in AZ said...



joated said...

Between the end of the Revolution and The War of 1812, the US Marines honed their skills on the muslim pirates off the coast of Tripoli. The First Barbary War (1801-1805) with President Thomas Jefferson as CinC. I guess that qualifies as being woven into the formative fabric of our nation.

They didn't finish the job, however, being interrupted by the War of 1812, and had to return in 1815 for the Second Barbary War.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Guffaw. :)

joated, that's true - and largely forgotten, as is the war itself. Except among Marines, their Navy brethren, and history buffs. Thanks.

ProudHillbilly said...

The more I study islam the more I understand where this is coming from. People are making a huge mistake in thinking that because it is a monolithic religion it is like Christianity or Judism. We do NOT worship the same god any more than we worship the same god as King Tut's monotheistic father did.

Rev. Paul said...

PH, that's a valid point. Thank you for making it here.

Ajdshootist said...

Under Islamic Law if your Father is a Muslim so are you BHO father was a muslim thats why most of the Muslim World belive that BHO is a muslim and dont forget that the Koran says its OK to lie for your faith.

Rev. Paul said...

Ajd, that's an excellent point, too. You're right - and thanks.