While speaking at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Barack Obama claimed that “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.” But, The Blaze reported Friday, historian David Barton shredded that claim while discussing the issue with Glenn Beck.
“In all the reading I’ve done, thousands of books, there’s nothing there,” Barton said. “I mean, we know that Muslims were the folks who captured the slaves sent to America, largely out of Africa. … The Muslims did the slave hunting and the slave trading, et cetera. The first Muslims came to America as a result of the Muslims capturing them and sending them to the Dutch traders.”
Barton also spoke of the War with the Barbary Pirates fought in the early 19th century. That conflict — America’s first foreign war — pitted the early American nation against Islamist regimes in north Africa. For years, Congress had authorized payments of $80,000 to the pirates as protection money — a standard practice in those days. But trouble ensued as two U.S. ships were captured and more ransom money was demanded. In 1801, the pirates demanded an immediate payment of $225,000 in addition to annual payments of $25,000. Thomas Jefferson responded by sending a squadron of ships to pound the Islamic regimes into submission. The Barbary Pirates were finally defeated in 1815.
The Barbary Wars and the slave trade, Barton said, were “the two biggest contributions” made by Muslims. “This is the fabric,” Beck said sarcastically. “I mean, it’s practically the whole blanket.”
Barton noted that Muslims made other contributions, but, The Blaze said, “it might be a stretch to say they are part of the ‘fabric of the country.’” History, Barton noted, tells the story of one Muslim who helped the Army raise camels shortly before the Civil War.
“In 1856 the American military is engaged in all sorts of Indian wars in western lands,” Barton said. “The secretary of war at that time was Jefferson Davis. Five years later, he would become part of the secession and the president of the Confederacy. But at that time, he’s secretary of war. What they did was they hired a Muslim to raise camels in Arizona because the cavalry said, ‘You know, instead of using horses across the desert, let’s try these camels.’”
“It was a short-lived experiment, but I have to credit their technology,” Barton explained. “If you’re going to be in the desert chasing folks, why not use the animals that will go for several days, rather than several hours? But they were just so slow, they couldn’t keep up with the Indians.”
Beck went on to say that he believes Obama is “changing our history” by saying Islam has been “woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.” It’s not the first time Obama has been caught trying to rewrite U.S. history.
In 2011, for example, Obama falsely claimed Abraham Lincoln founded the Republican Party. Lincoln was the first Republican elected to the White House, but he did not found the Party, nor was he the first Republican to run for the highest office in the land. Obama also claimed Herbert Hoover cut taxes and spending, but that claim was proven false as well.