Thursday, August 12, 2010

Obama on Ramadan

Recently Barack Obama told a group of Muslims: "Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. And here in the US, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America."

Well, he's right about Islam being part of America. One of the very first military conflicts facing our new nation was the Barbary Wars which came about when Muslim nations in North Africa were capturing our ships, enslaving and torturing our citizens, and extorting what amounted to protection money from the U.S.

And the racial equality part: Obama didn't mention that Muslims have always owned black slaves starting with the time of Muhammad when one of Muhammad's closest associates (and later successor) Abu Bakr sold his black slave to rescue a Muslim.

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