Barack Obama keeps insisting that Islam was “woven into the fabric” of the founding of the United States of America.
That would be news to the Founders.
Obama’s claim that Muslims have made significant contributions to the nation is laughable to anyone with even a passing knowledge of American history. In his defense, Obama has proven repeatedly that he is ignorant of history in general and American history in particular.
The Federalist Papers Project did a great job to actually document Muslim contributions to the nation. The first real contribution came in 1858, some 80 years after our founding.
[Historian David] Barton found the first real contribution any Muslim made was in 1856 (80 years after the founding) when then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis hired one Muslim to help train camels in Arizona. Not exactly a resounding contribution, since the plan to fight Native Americans via camelback was soon dismissed.
There was another contribution, made shortly after the founding.
But Muslims did have an influence on early America, and that influence was one of a foe. After winning its independence from England, American vessels no longer enjoyed British protection. France, dismayed that the US would not aid it in its war against England, also ceased protection of American ships. The result led to American vessels being raided and plundered by Muslim pirates from the Barbary Coast.
After agreeing to pay 10% of the new nations dismal GDP in exchange for passage, attacks continued. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin were sent as representatives to mediate the problem. It was there that they discovered that the Islamic law the pirates followed made it their duty to attack non-Muslims.
“The ambassador answered us that [the right] 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 who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise,” Jefferson wrote to Secretary of State John Jay, explaining peace was not possible.
Ben Franklin wrote of his experience: “Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book (the Qur’an) 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.”
John Adams, in his report to Jay, wrote of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, and called him a “military fanatic” who “denies that laws were made for him; he arrogates everything to himself by force of arms.”
The Muslim contribution? President Thomas Jefferson ordered the US Marines to deal with the situation. They did. And their exploits provided the first verse of the Marine’s Hymn.
From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we will fight our countries battles in the air on land and sea …
At President Jefferson’s command the Marines put an end to the Barbary Pirates. They didn’t negotiate. They didn’t refuse to recognize “Islamic extremism.” They recognized Islam for exactly what it was and what it is today … a terrorist organization under the cover of a so-called religion.
The solution to the problems in the Middle East are the same as they were when Jefferson was President. And the solution is the same. Send in the Marines, but first, scrap the Rules of Engagement.