“Here in America,” President Obama said, “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since it’s founding.”
Islam had nothing to do with the founding of the U.S. Judeo-Christian values are what built the fabric of this nation.
In order to back up his statement, he added: “The first Islamic center in New York City was founded in the 1890s. America’s first mosque — this was an interesting fact — was in North Dakota.”
His proof is at least 114-years too late to be a part of the founding of this nation. Furthermore, while he’s right about the first mosque being in North Dakota, it actually opened in 1929, over 150-years after America’s founding.
But this isn’t the first time Obama’s made this claim.
In July 2014, during preparations to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, he released this statement: “In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”
Five-years prior, during a speech in Cairo, Egypt, Obama said, “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”
He’s correct about Islam being ‘a part of America’s story,’ though but jus’ not the ‘founding.’
Shortly after the U.S. declared its independence, the nation “was dragged into the affairs of the Islamic world by an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim pirates, the terrorists of the era.” In 1785, Muslim pirates captured two American merchant ships.
The U.S. tried diplomacy instead of military force to win the release the 24 American sailors. But talk proved useless as Muslim pirates took another thirteen U.S. ships, and 119 American sailors between 1785 to 1793.
So yes — in one sense Islam is part of America’s ‘fabric’ – but not how Obama would like you to think: It is the followers of the Quran that first introduced ‘radical Islam,’ and Jihad to the United States.
On the other hand, it was a Polish-born Jewish American named Haym Salomon, who helped finance the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, which lead to the defeated of Great Britain and our nation’s independence. This is a real fact about our country’s beginnings, unlike Obama’s disingenuous claim regarding Islam’s involvement in our country’s founding.