I’m sorry Mr. President, but it seems our Founding Fathers were not very fond of Muslims.
It seems we have a president attempting to prove Muslims were “woven into the fabric of our society.” While he is correct there is a history between radical Islam and our nation, he seems to stretch the truth to attempt to make it look like they made “great contributions.” During his thirty minute speech this week, President Obama make a few political pitfalls, which made educated people cringe. He had to jump back to 1890 to find a historical event to “prove” we were never “at war with Islam” but failed to mention what happened before. No matter how hard he tries to hide it, our founders were not very happy and did go to war with radical Islam.
Historian David Barton spoke to Glen Beck, ripping apart the “woven into the fabric” claim of President Obama. He found he could nix the entire argument. There were some Dutch slaves that were picked up from Muslim slave traders that were also Muslim. He found the first historical reference to a contribution, which was one Muslim hired by then Secretary of State Jefferson Davis by the military in 1856 to train camels in America’s deserts, just 5 short years before the Civil war broke out and Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederacy. Other than that, there is nothing there until 1890. That hardly classifies as “woven into the fabric.”
So what really happened falls back on America’s first three ambassadors to Tripoli.
Now to be fair, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams owned Qurans. The stories behind them and their fabricated “love of Islam” has been stretched way out of proportion. The irony of it all is what actual recorded history tells us of how they got them and their personal feelings. Franklin, the third Ambassador, was no fan either.
The separation of church and state can not be found in the Constitution. Of the dead members of the Revolutionary army, you will find three names of potential Muslims. There is an outstanding chance that they were slaves that fought by their master. That is the only reference until an argument ensued in the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, which is thought to be the basis of the First Amendment.
None of this wording is in the First Amendment. The 1779 Preamble reads, “Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free.” Patrick Henry and several others got in an argument with the rest of the assembly because they wanted “Jesus Christ” instead of “Almighty God.” Jefferson wanted it to read “nature’s God.” The fight ensued was settled by a vote which Jefferson interpreted in his personal notes, not in the actual document:
“…to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahomedan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination.” (Virginia Historical Society)
While we do not use Mahomedan any more, it has been pointed to by Muslims and secularists alike as being a victory and the establishment of church and state. That interpretation is not quite true. It was more to end a quarrel due to a vote in Virginia and is not in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
Shortly after, none of the ships from our fragile country were being returned to port if they entered into the Gulf through the straits of Gibraltar. They ended up having to come face to face with the Ottoman Empire using the Barbary Coast to launch pirate attacks on the U.S. cargo ships. Our young country was not under the protection of the British Navy, after securing our independence from Britain. France was a bit upset we wouldn’t come help them with their own revolution problems. Congress, feeling the pressure, commissioned Joel Barlow to discuss a treaty. The sultan told them they could pay a tax to Tripoli for “safe passage” but would not deal with a Christian nation. A young Congress, scared and being blackmailed, signed the treaty to include the clause:
“… the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion, as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen.” (Treaty of Tripoli)
They also agreed to pay 10% of our fledgling GDP. I once again hate to break it to people who point to this as separation of church and state as well, because this is what was sent in the English version that Congress agreed to sign to protect our fleet, not a declaration of our government. It was thought to bring peace between us and the “peaceful Muslims” who we were buying our slaves from.
The young U.S. had no navy to protect the fleet. They quickly dispatched Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams to be their representatives to deal with the problem. While there, all three of them talked at great lengths with Ambassador Abdrahaman. With the complex religious system, Jefferson quickly commissioned a copy of the Quran in English. This was the first English translation of this document and has become known as “Jefferson’s Quran.” His personal report to Secretary of State John Jay explained there would be no peace, which scared Congress into ratifying the treaty of Tripoli and is the reason they agreed to it.
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. (Slate)
There is no doubt Jefferson was rather blunt that the “Mussulman” would not deal with “a Christian Nation.” As for anyone who didn’t follow “the Laws of the Prophet” or disagreed, it was the Musselman’s (Muslim’s) religious duty to “make war upon” them. There has been no reformation of the Muslims since then to indicate anything has changed and all sects teach that they want the “Caliphate” to be restored in the Middle East and engulf the world. That is why the Congress agreed. The Ambassador told Jefferson they must signed a treaty declaring they were not a “Christian Nation” and pay a fee to Tripoli – and another to him – if they wanted to sail in those waters.
John Adams became president shortly after Washington resigned. If you think he was fond of the Muslim Ottoman Empire, you would be wrong. He warned our nation that the only reason he did it was because “[i]f we go into the strait (of Gibraltar) with this fleet and we attack the Musselmen head on, we will continue to be fighting forever.” (Presidential record archives). He even commissioned a copy of the Quran. His printing, reprinted in 1806, contained a forward written by himself.
This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented; sometimes he introduceth God, who speaketh to him, and teacheth him his law, then an angel, among the prophets, and frequently maketh God to speak in the plural. … Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible … (John Adams)
He also called Mohammed a “military fanatic” who “denies that laws were made for him; he arrogates everything to himself by force of arms” in his own personal report to John Jay.
If you think maybe Muslims confused him with his son, that would also be a mistake. John Quincy Adams wrote that Mohammed’s legacy as “the essence of his doctrine was violence and lust.” He also wrote about the Quran:
The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force. (American Annual Register)
Benjamin Franklin had his own personal feelings:
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. (Franklin Papers)
Which leads people back to Jefferson being the more reserved of the bunch, in which they would have a hard time explaining what happened next. Jefferson admonished Congress for writing the treaty. After becoming President of the United States, he signed the first “war powers” request to specifically launch our ENTIRE naval fleet at the Barbary coast that was now extorting 25% of our GDP. He got authorization for the first war of the United States. He launched the fleet with “God Speed” at the coast with a marine compliment to chase them all the way to Tripoli in a battle that gave rise to the Marine Corps Anthem and the United States Marine Corps. The two swords, given to officers by a mercenary guide, who was exiled to the U.S. by his own government, and the officer that wanted to be beheaded rather than captured, became the NCO and Officer sword design of the Corps. Jefferson’s later writings blasted the Muslims and was quite scornful of their religion.
Sure there has been some peaceful gaps between the U.S. and radical Islam, but we continued fighting them on and off all the way through WWII when they fought for Hitler. No Mr. President, the only thing “woven into our fabric” is a perpetual war with “radical Islam” that the United States has been fighting from our very foundation. There may be a handful of Muslims that have lived in peace in the United States, but there is no love lost between our nation and radical Islam.