Obama – Dividing By Religion, Part Two – Muslim Heritage

September 6, 2012 5:32 am 3 comments

In writing this installment it was apparent three parts are necessary.  The three parts: (1) Obama’s Attacks on Christianity, Judaism and Israeli national security (2) an American citizen refutes Obama’s claim “Islam has always been a part of American History“ which segues into (3) Obama’s unqualified support of Islam.  This is Part Two.

A Challenge to 2012 Voters – Place National Interests Ahead of Personal Interests

Installment Four – Dividing by Religion, Part Two

Obama’s claim of the “Muslim Heritage in America”

This article addresses the “Muslim Heritage” Barack Obama claimed for the USA in his Cairo Speech in which he said “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”  To justify that claim, Obama said: “The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.”

The claim about Morocco will be addressed in a brief historical review of the Barbary Wars following an excellent response to Obama’s unsupported claim,

First, please allow me to introduce Jack Woodard.  Mr. Woodard’s blog includes a “Share this” option so it’s my privilege to share, verbatim, his refutation of Obama’s statement.  It’s titled: “Refuting Obama’s False and Foolish Claim of Islam’s Place in America’s History”.

An American Citizen’s Response

Dear Mr. Obama:

Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed?  Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.

Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day?  Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence?  Bill of Rights?

Didn’t think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England?  No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America?   No, they did not.  In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic-descent refer to black Muslims as “pug nosed slaves.”  Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,” doesn’t it Mr. Obama?

Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country?  Not present.

There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr.  or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.

Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era?  Again, not present.  In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture.  So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband.  Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?

Where were Muslims during World War II?  They were aligned with Adolf Hitler.  The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazis in killing Jews.

Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001?  If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East … No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day.  Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims whose ‘backsides’ you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11.  To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.

And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the “rich heritage” Muslims have here in America .

Oh, I’m sorry; I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates.  They were Muslim.

And now we can add November 5, 2009 – the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan

That, Mr. Obama is the “Muslim heritage” in America

Brief History of the Barbary Wars

I added nothing to Jack Woodard’s excellent commentary.  However, his mention of the Barbary Pirates prompted this brief history lesson.  It’s important to understand that – except as Obama mentioned in Cairo, early on, Morocco recognized the USA 12/20/1777 – the first encounters between the fledgling USA and Obama’s “Muslim Heritage” were outside rather than “in America”.  Those initial encounters are known as the “Barbary Wars”.

Those wars commenced in 1784 when pirates from the Barbary States – Algiers, Morocco, Tunis and Tripoli – “led attacks upon American merchant shipping in an attempt to extort ransom for the lives of captured sailors, and ultimately tribute from the United States to avoid further attacks, much like their standard operating procedure with the various European states”.

The Barbary conflict continued through the Second Barbary Wars that ended in 1815 when a few Muslim pirates proved to be little challenge to the quickly developing U.S. Navy.

“The turning point in the war came with the Battle of Derna (April–May 1805).  Ex-consul William Eaton, who went by the rank of General, and US Marine First Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon led a mixed force of eight United States Marines and 500 Greeks from the island of Crete, Arab, and Berber mercenaries on a march across the desert from Alexandria, Egypt to assault and to capture the Tripolitan city of Derna. This was the first time the United States flag was raised in victory on foreign soil. This action was memorialized in a line from the Marines’ Hymn – ‘to the shores of Tripoli’.”

The point: Jack Woodard is absolutely correct in his refutation of Obama’s statement: “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”  Now, given Obama’s unsupported claim, here are your questions and challenges.


  1. Are you concerned enough about your country to investigate and determine issues of substance then vote for what you find to be in the best interests of the nation rather than cast your ballot for personal gain?
  2. Given Obama’s unsupported claim of an Islamic history in the USA, are there other issues on which he is misleading the country?


  • Check out other Neil Stovall articles on this website, e.g.
    • “Reasons for Opposing President Obama and His Re-election; “Does Obama Deserve a Passing Grade on Foreign Relations?”; “Suggested Presidential Debate Questions for Barack Obama”
    • Read the other two parts of this installments “Dividing by Religion.  Part One is already posted; Part Three should be posted soon.
    • Read the other six installments of Obama’s divisions of the electorate.
      • Installments 1, 2, 3 are posted; 5, 6, 7 will follow.
  • Watch a trailer of the video “Losing Our Sons”.  Two fathers tell about their sons.  One is the father of a U.S. soldier shot and killed by the other father’s son, an American citizen who converted to Islam as a student at Tennessee State University and spent time in Yemen before killing this soldier and wounding another.

  • The Catholic Church has a powerful video “Test of Fire”.  Watch it by browsing
  • Watch the documentary movie “2016: Obama’s America”.  Decide if Obama’s actions are consistent with the U.S. Constitution and how a President should conduct himself while in office.
  • If you can’t watch the movie, visit the following website and read former P&G VP, Lou Pritchett’s “Open Letter to President Obama”. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp


  • Jack Woodward and Neil Stovall. This is an incredibly ignorant article. If you feel the need to make such claims about Islam, I suggest you take the time to read the Quran itself and see what it has to say about human trafficking and treatment of women. I am sure you will find that Islam is definitely not a religion that encourages such crimes. Just as there are Christian and Jewish criminals, there are Muslim criminals. However, that doesn’t mean that Islam preaches that Muslim women are to be beaten if they do not wear hijab (completely optional) or advocate slavery. In fact, Islam forbids these things. As I said, if you would like to make claims about a whole religion, go to the source, the Quran. Places like Saudi Arabia are terrible examples of the teachings of Islam. Muslims may not be very active in American history, however, Muslims are a big part of America, just like Jews and Christians. Common misconceptions of Islam in the eyes of the ignorant are often used to put Muslims down. Islam is a belief that can be shared by anyone at any time. It is your choice whether or not you agree with those beliefs, however, before you judge, you must take the time and put in the energy to fully inform yourself of those beliefs. Otherwise, your arguments are ridiculously invalid.

    I will also bring to your attention that Muslims feel deep regret of 9/11. However, it is nothing compared to the damage American and Israeli zionists have inflicted upon Palestine. Unfortunately, Americans are misinformed about the crimes that have taken place against Arabs and Muslims by American and Israeli zionists. Until the government takes the blindfold off the eyes of their people, articles and commentaries like these will continue to be praised and you will remain ignorant to what is actually happening in the world around you.

    -Maha, an American Muslim

  • The above statement is missing one vital part of Muslim influence in history. They pirated the ships of trade and took pilgrims as hostage in made slaves of them after the colonies started sending trade back and forth between the Colonies and England.

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