CNN recently aired an episode of W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America. In what is clearly a propaganda piece, one Muslim man is heard to say that Islam is “very American” and “has always been part of the American fabric.”
“Islam has always been part of the American fabric,” one Muslim man in Detroit tells Bell at an anti-Trump event. “A lot of people think that Islam is from a foreign country, or is a foreign religion. It’s not — it’s very American.”
The man then goes on to criticize “those more violent voices in our society,” but he didn’t mean Islamists.
He also misled viewers by claiming the slave trade took slaves from predominantly Muslim areas, which is true, but he forgets to tell viewers that ii was Muslims who captured and sold their own people into slavery.
Bell asks the man, “When are you running for mayor?” He makes a comparison of the man to Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah in his youth.
That’s actually interesting since Obama said virtually the same nonsense when he was in the White House. Obama not only had the audacity to identify Christians as the problem, but he created a fictitious history of America by claiming, “Here in America, Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.”
Obama told those in Cairo in 2009, “Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”
Well, yes, it has been a part of America’s story, but not America’s fabric. Breitbart’s Joel Pollak comments:
For CNN, the argument that Islam has “always” been present in the U.S. rests largely on the claim that a significant minority of black slaves were Muslim. On Saturday, CNN correspondent Dean Obeidallah claimed that “Islam has been here since the time of slavery, because ten to fifteen percent of the African slaves brought were Muslim. So Islam was here before the creation of the United States. It was actually part of the creation of the United States of America.” Bell’s interviewee raises the estimate, claiming that “during the slave trade, up to about 25 to 30% of the slaves came from areas where there were predominantly Muslim populations.”(Note that these claims leave out the role of Muslims in the slave trade itself, casting Muslims purely as victims.)
There is some basis for some of the claims CNN cites. As Daniel Pipes noted in 2000, “Muslims constituted a significant percentage of the Africans brought to the Americas in servitude; and that, as the most educated and resistant of the captive peoples, they exerted a disproportionate influence on slave life in the Americas.” But the faith did not survive among these populations; few of their descendants knew their forefathers’ Muslim origins.
While Muslims were present at America’s founding, Islam — as a coherent, self-conscious religious and political civilization — was not. Had it been present, one would have expected the Founding Fathers to be more aware of it, and one would have expected to see an American version of the faith emerge, one more comfortable with ideas of tolerance and individual liberty, much as different reformist versions of Judaism flourished in the United States.
The negative effects of Islam have permeated American history. I previously wrote a response to such claims that Islam is part of the fabric of America and the part it actually played was one of terrorism.
For nearly fifteen centuries the world has faced the disease of Islam, but our nation faced it head on when Thomas Jefferson, serving as the ambassador to France, and John Adams, serving as the ambassador to Britain, went to London to meet with Ambassador Abdrahaman, the Dey of Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain. Of course, they met with Abdrahaman to negotiate a peace treaty, but keep in mind that in Islam, the only peace is submission to Islam.
Islam requires jizya under Sharia law, you know that alleged “harmless law” they want to impose here in the West. Jizya is a per capita tax levied on a section of an Islamic state’s non-Muslim citizens, who meet certain criteria. The tax is and was to be levied on able-bodied adult males of military age and affording power. So as Adams and Jefferson met, they found out the price of peace was quite expensive.
Jefferson then wrote a letter to John Jay that read:
“The Ambassador answered us 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 [Muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
This is loosely based upon the Qur’an’s teaching from Surah 47:4 which reads,
“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”
So what happened? Though the US, along with Great Britain and France had paid a “tribute” for protection against piracy, once Tripoli increased the tribute following Jefferson becoming President, he refused to pay them the increase, though he did continue to pay until the end of his presidency. Tripoli then declared war on the United States on May 10, 1801. This was the beginning of the First Barbary War.
With US merchant ships being attacked and Americans being kidnapped he finally issued letters of marque and reprisal, which sent groups of privately owned warships, that were approved by the government, to make war against the Barbary Pirates. He utilized this constitutional measure, which we are not using today.
In doing this he sent for the “privateers,” as they were referred to. The privately owned frigates USS Philadelphia, USS President, and the USS Essex, along with the schooner USS Enterprise was America’s first navy to cross the Atlantic. Others would also join and see action as well.
Ultimately, in 1805 United States Marines crossed the desert from Egypt into Tripolitania, forced the surrender of Tripoli and free those Americans that had been kidnapped and were made slaves.
Thus, this is where the famous line from the United States Marine Corps (Oorah!) comes from: “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. Demar says it not only refers to the First Barbary War, but specifically to the Battle of Derna, which took place in 1805.
As for Bell, he praised such Muslim organizations as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who have been tied to Hamas and are a designated terror group. He spoke of how they are hailed as “heroes” in the Black community.
Sadly, he only sees what they want him to see. He cares not for history, nor for the 1,400 year track record of the religious, political movement known as Islam. He is only interested in disseminating propaganda that deceives the people about the nature of the Muhammadian death cult.
If you are looking for Islam in the fabric of America, it would only be bloody fabric.