In Egypt, 2009, Mr. Obama made an impassioned speech appealing to Muslims and assuring them of how valuable they have been in the history of the United States.
More recently, Mr. Obama stated, “Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been a part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.”
He also rambled on how much Islam has played a major role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and dignity of all human beings.
Sounds more like a snake oil salesman. We never hear Mr. Obama selling the virtues of Christianity, which he claims as his own religion. We never hear the virtues of Judaism, which has but one nation in the world, and only one percent of the population of Islam. Yet, it outguns every other culture, religion or mid-east country by 400 percent in terms of winning Nobel prizes. Yet, the President of the United States finds it necessary to impart inflated information about historical Islam in this country, which is dubious at best. Why?
Islam plays a major role in justice and dignity of all human beings? Answer: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, and American beheadings, honor killings and terror attacks. That’s a lot of dignity and justice.
I’ve been a history buff since high school, with special focus on the roots and progress of this country, and I cannot recall any single person of note in the Islamic faith that made a significant contribution to this country…ever. I may be wrong. If so, please enlighten me and my readers.
What I do know, is the history of the Barbary pirates of the Mediterranean during four centuries (1400’s – 1800’s) of murder, mayhem, kidnapping, slavery, random and bribery. Muslim pirates from four North African countries repeatedly invaded the southern borders of Europe, swept up men and women into slavery, robbed and pillaged, and raided ships on the high seas for their booty, enslaving the sailors who refused to convert.
The dilemma reached the Colonies, because American trade ships were among the constant victims. For a while, America paid a duty (bribery) to prevent the raids, but that became expensive. When Jefferson and Adams traveled to Europe, they met with the Barbarian ambassador, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, in order to negotiate. Jefferson asked why they were so warlike toward the Americans.
The Muslim leader provided an answer. Later, these two future presidents reported the reasons for the Muslim hostility, a people with whom America had no previous contact. As written by Jefferson, the Muslim negotiator said that it was written in the Koran that all nations who did not acknowledge their (Muslims) authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them whoever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Muslim who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
Eventually, under Jefferson’s presidency and later, Madison’s, the pirates were defeated in battle by the U.S. at the Shores of Tripoli, thus ending — temporarily — the hostilities by Islamists toward the U.S.
So, I would ask our president, if that’s the contribution from Islam he was talking about? Or was it when Andrew Jackson dispatched frigates against Muslim pirates in Sumatra in the 1830’s? Or Rutherford B. Hayes’ remarks about the 1880 Muslim persecutions of non-Muslims in Morocco? Or was it Grover Cleveland’s comments about the continuing massacre of Armenian Christians in 1896, or are we talking about the Palestinian mullahs that teamed up with Hitler to aid and abet the extermination of the Jews?
Where and when is the president talking about? And why does he find it so imperative to sell Islam like he was selling a political ideology? If Islam is so wonderful, what is there to sell? It should have been selling itself by example.
I invite every reader to study the history of global Islam and how it emerged as a world power. Study, also, the life of Muhammed, and the Koran. Then, please tell me how Islam has served the American people in a positive way, for which it deserves respect and admiration, instead of fear and trepidations. We are all open minded. An answer would be appreciated.
A few quotes from Teddy Roosevelt’s book “Fear God And Take Your Own Part.”
Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of Europe fought. If the people of Europe in the 7th and 8th centuries — up to the 17th century — had not possessed a military superiority over the Muslims who invaded Europe, Europe would now be Muslim and the Christian religion would be exterminated.
Wherever the Muslims have had complete sway, wherever Christians have been unable to resist by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared.
The civilization of Europe, America and Australia exists today, only because of the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization.
There are “social values” today in Europe, America and Australia only because during the thousand years, the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do — that is, to beat back the Muslim invader.
The more Americans become better educated, the more Americans will realize we have a president with an agenda that is not in the best interest of our grandchildren. The sales pitch doesn’t fly.