But Ramadan is also a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and pray during the night; when Muslims provide support to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere. For all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.
Muslims advancing opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere? How, pray tell, are they doing that? Very secretly? Has Obama received a classified national security briefing on this?
People on the Left make fun paranoids on the Right who think Obama wasn't born in America. But here's the thing: Obama does not talk like someone born and raised in America.
These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings. Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country. And today, I want to extend my best wishes to the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan.
What to say? Words fail me. Islam has always been part of America? Did Barack fall thru from a parallel universe? Is he like the Manchurian Candidate except he's the Mecca Candidate? The emperor has no clothes. The President of the United States is not fit to rule. He's loonier than Bush Jr, and that's a high bar to reach. Muslims have not always been part of America.
Do people on the Left uncritically accept when Obama says something so obviously crazy? Do they just nod their heads and say "oh, I didn't know it but it sounds nice so it must be true"? Are they thinking that Barack is speaking some larger cosmic truth because we are all, like, totally connected and that therefore Islam has always been part of us whether we knew of it or not?
Well, why don't we just bring up the first real American experience with Islam? That would be in the early years of the Republic when the Barbary Pirates were capturing American ships and turning Americans into slaves. At the time the US Marines were looking to fit "from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli" into their anthem. So they went over to the Barbary Coast and had a serious altercation with Muslim pirates. First the United States tried to negotiate.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, then serving as American ambassadors to France and Britain, respectively, met in 1786 in London with the Tripolitan Ambassador to Britain, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja. These future American presidents were attempting to negotiate a peace treaty which would spare the United States the ravages of jihad piracy—murder, enslavement (with ransoming for redemption), and expropriation of valuable commercial assets—emanating from the Barbary states (modern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, known collectively in Arabic as the Maghrib). During their discussions, they questioned Ambassador Adja as to the source of the unprovoked animus directed at the nascent United States republic. Jefferson and Adams, in their subsequent report to the Continental Congress, recorded the Tripolitan Ambassador’s justification:
… that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged 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 Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.
Sura 8 declares “Believers! Wage war against such of the infidels as are your neighbors, and let them find you rigorous; and know that God is with those who fear him.”
Sura 8 further tells Muslims “No prophet hath been able to take captives until he had made a great slaughter in the earth…Eat therefore of the spoils you have taken what is lawful and good.”
Sura 8 also makes it clear that Muslims are to be in a state of war with the rest of the world until they succeed in forcing all the nations to accept Islam: “Fight then against them till strife be at an end, and the religion be all of it God’s.”
In Sura 3 the Prophet warns of dire consequences for any Muslim who makes friends with an infidel: “Let not believers take infidels for their friends rather than believers; whoso shall do this hath nothing to hope from God.” Suras 4 and 5 repeat this warning.
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