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
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.