Rashida Tlaib, a newly elected muslim congresswoman in Michigan, is to be sworn in, not using the Bible, but using a copy of the Quran once owned by one of our great founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. She has also chosen to wear a traditional Palestinian gown.
The copy of the Quran (which resides in the Library of Congress) was translated into English in 1734 by a man named George Sale. Rashida Tlaib has used this as evidence of the supposed long history the U.S. has with Islam.
She has been quoted as saying, “It’s important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam is somehow foreign to American history. Muslims were there at the beginning. … Some of our Founding Fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now.”
She is correct. Islam has been there since the beginning of this country, but it is in no way positive. In fact, Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran was used by him as a means to understand the enemy.
Many may not be familiar with this war but, Thomas Jefferson once sent the Navy to fight Muslim pirates in North Africa. Specifically, places such as Algiers and Tripoli (Tripoli even declared war on the U.S. during this time). It would seem that, even during this time, Muslim acts of terrorism and barbary were rampant.
The actions taken by Jefferson were a part of a series of wars called the Barbary Wars. Due to many losses in the Mediterranean Sea due to North African and Muslim pirates, Thomas Jefferson decided to take military action against these people. Specifically, when he refused to pay tribute to these pirates and they continued attacking U.S. merchant vessels.
The first Barbary war was from 1801-1805 and the second in 1815. This would be the first time a U.S. president decided to not negotiate with Muslim terrorists.
The truth is, no matter how much representative Tlaib and her fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar may insist that the U.S. has had a positive and rich history with Islam, history itself proves them wrong.
Then again, it’s not surprising considering Ilhan Omar is also the same woman who defends female genital mutilation and says that wearing the veil is a choice. Yes, wearing the veil is a choice in America and in first world countries but, I’d like to see her go to Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan and still say it is a choice.
But back on topic, Islam is not, has not been, and probably never will be a positive influence on the West. Whether it be the invasion of Europe in recent years, to the violent rise of Wahabism in the last century, or even the Barbary Wars, it is clear that the West is the enemy of Islam.
I think it is also very clear with what has happened to places such as the U.K. and France, that we cannot allow these events to be normalized and to influence our government. For it will be the nail in our collective coffins.
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