More ‘Fake News’ from CNN. Are you used to it yet?
CNN is claiming that Islam has ‘always’ been a part of America.
But this is just repeating the nonsense that Barry had said on his ‘Apology Tour’.
It was Obama who told the Muslim world in his Cairo speech in 2009: “Islam has always been a part of America’s story.” He offered a dubious proof: “The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.” He also cited the Treaty of Tripoli, which was essentially an agreement to pay a bribe to Muslim pirates who had made a practice of kidnapping Americans.
On ‘United Shades of America’, hosted by Leftist, W. Kamau Bell, the claim was made that Islam has been in America before Independence.
He rests the claim that a ‘large percentage’ — ie. 10-15 or maybe 25-30 percent of black slaves came from Muslim-dominated regions.
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.)
Odd how the Barbary pirates aren’t mentioned much…
Sure, they may have come over as Muslims, but the religion didn’t survive as an organized entity.
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.
Bell points to prominent Muslim Americans as proof:
Bell offers one additional argument to defend the idea that Islam is intrinsically American: “America has always had heroes who were Muslims.” He cites Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Malcolm X — none of whom were active in public life before the 1960s. Amazingly, he also praises the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Bell cites Farrakhan’s “Million Man March” — and ignores his vicious racism and antisemitism.
Read more: Breitbart
The ‘Most Trusted Name In News’, huh?
Sure they are.
Liberals are eager to demolish memorials and reimagine history to conform to modern ideals.
That’s not how it works.
We need to remember how it was, and understand that times were different.
Projecting our values backward is a mistake.
More than that, it isn’t the truth.