History Proves America Is Not A Muslim Nation
Ecclesiastes 8:11 – “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
AS A YOUNG STUDENT in school, I can remember studying about the Barbary Wars. Never in my wildest dreams could I have known that one day I would be standing and looking out over the Atlantic Ocean as our host pointed out the trade route that many of the merchant ships would take, always concerned that pirates could slip aboard at night, take over the ship and its crew, and hold them for ransom. At issue was the Barbary pirates’ demand for tribute from merchant vessels. If ships of a given country failed to pay, Muslim pirates would attack the ships and take their goods, and often enslave their crew members or hold them for ransom.
When I heard our president make the statement that “The United States was one of the largest Muslim nations in the world,” my mind immediately went back to the Barbary Wars. Two hundred years ago, the United States declared war on Islam. Thomas Jefferson was president at the time, and he refused to pay tribute to the Islamic pirates. He sent a United States naval fleet to the Mediterranean; bombarding their various fortified pirate cities, ultimately extracting concessions of fair passage from their rulers. This took place between 1801 and 1805. In 1815, President James Madison had to undertake the very same actions again. Those pirate cities are what we know now today as Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria.
AN EMAIL WORTH READING
After mentioning the Barbary Wars on a recent episode of Frances & Friends, I received the following email from one of our listeners. The fact that the information in this email has shown up in multiple articles, blogs, and elsewhere proves that people are extremely interested in America’s response to the problem of Islamic terrorism. You will see how the response, especially from former U.S. presidents, was then compared to what our president says today. As you read this, I think you will agree with me that the United States is not, nor has it ever been, a Muslim nation.
The email reads:
At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heartbreaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.
These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers — collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast—and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.
Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.
Beginning in 1784, 17 years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war.
In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.
The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam “was founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, 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.
Despite of this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following 15 years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over 20 percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.
Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third president of the United States in 1801, the pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything.
Jefferson let the pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force.
He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify.”
When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marines’ Hymn. They would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.
Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.
This should bother every American. That the Islams have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities. Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah, public schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the newspapers.
It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious.”
The information in this email has been researched and found to be true. Still, I would encourage you to check the facts yourself beginning with the websites at www.francesandfriends.com/fs/history-proves.html.
THEN VERSUS NOW
History clearly shows how U.S. presidents Jefferson and Madison reacted to terrorism more than 200 years ago. Yet how do their responses then compare to statements today made by President Obama regarding the acceleration of Islamic terrorism happening in the world today?
I hope Americans are listening to what I’m about to state: America is waking up to a totally different and dangerous world than what this generation has ever seen. I feel like America is in a very precarious situation because we have unleashed a religion that is not going to stop until it conquers every continent, every nation, every country, and every little city and village in the world.
Recently, the news media also seems to be waking up to the realities of Islam as journalists report on terrorist activities and attacks which are more violent and happening more frequently in various parts of the world. As I write this article, we’ve seen five terrorist attacks in just as many months - all linked to Islamic terrorism:
Sept. 25, 2014: Islam convert, Alton Nolen, beheads one coworker and stabs a second at a food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma.
Oct. 22, 2014: Islam convert, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, fatally shoots a security officer and then opens fire inside Parliament Hill in Ottowa, Canada.
Oct. 23, 2014: Islam convert, Zale H. Thompson, attacks a group of New York City police officers with a hatchet in broad daylight.
Dec. 15, 2014: Islamist Man Haron Monis, takes 17 people hostage at a café in Sydney Australia. Two of the hostages died.
Jan. 7, 2015: Islamist gunmen kill 12 people in the offices of the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France.
The January attack in Paris renewed media attention and
interest to the fact that France has the largest number of Muslims in Western Europe - roughly 10 percent of its population.
Such demographics may explain French President Francois Hollande’s refusal to link terrorists in the Jan. 7 attack on his country to Islam, instead calling them “fanatics who have nothing to do with Islam.”
He said this despite witness accounts of the gunmen shouting, “Allahu akbar!” (Allah is great) and “We avenged the Prophet Muhammad!”
President Obama’s response to the attack on Paris was also stripped of any connection between Islam and the terrorists, referring to the gunmen instead as “perpetrators” and “those who carry out senseless attacks” who will be ultimately forgotten. He described their actions as the “senseless violence of the few.”
In a January panel hosted by Fox News, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, offered his opinion on why the White House avoids mentioning Islam.
“It seems as if the president thinks and the Administration thinks that if they say something is Islamic then they will be at war with the entire Islamic world and right-wing racist vigilantes will go and victimize innocent people in the United States,” Spencer said. “Both are hogwash and nonsense and, what’s happened is that we have effectively gotten ourselves into a position where it’s forbidden to speak about the motives and goals of the enemy and you cannot possibly defeat an enemy that you refuse to understand.”
In the same panel discussion, Brigitte Gabriel, founder and president of Act For America, said the Islamic Middle East does not tolerate any other faith or group of people.
“We minorities in the Middle East have been massacred, killed, my house was bombed; this is how I ended up in this country, as a refugee from the Middle East. It was happening when my parents were refugees when I was a child, newborn, and here I am in America today and my people are still fleeing because of the intolerance of Islamic extremism. So, my past is America’s future unless America wakes up now and takes the necessary steps to protect itself.”
Gabriel said those necessary steps include identifying the enemy by name in order to devise the strategy to defeat it.
She said, “Right now we have the president in the White House who doesn’t have the moral clarity and the courage to stand up and say what we are fighting, and we need to do that in order for us to defeat this enemy. It is Islamic terrorism.”
During a Jan. 19 speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared, “Islam has a problem.”
In his prepared remarks, Jindal went on to say: “If Islam does not support what is happening in the name of Islam, then they need to stand up and stop it. Many Islamic leaders argue that these are the acts of a radical few. Ok, it is their problem, and they need to deal with it. Muslim leaders must make clear that anyone who commits acts of terror in the name of Islam is in fact not practicing Islam at all. If they refuse to say this, then they are condoning these acts of barbarism. There is no middle ground.
Specifically, Muslim leaders need to condemn anyone who commits these acts of violence and clearly state that these people are evil and are enemies of Islam. It’s not enough to simply condemn violence, they must stand up and loudly proclaim that these people are not martyrs who will receive a reward in the afterlife, and rather they are murderers who are going to hell.”
Ladies and gentlemen, the United States of America is not a Muslim nation, it is a Christian nation, founded by leaders of faith in God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As Christians, we must discern what our president and most political leaders refuse to see or talk about. And what we see happening is modern-day Islamic piracy killing and holding for ransom our American freedoms, and the tribute they want is not money, but our faith. Hear what I’m saying, church, and continue to pray for our nation.