Did Muslims Build America?


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This post is not Politically correct for the benefit of my Muslim friends. I apologize if it offends you, these are my views, and I believe they are supported by the evidence.
The guy in the White House was reported as saying recently that “Muslims built this country”.  It was actually a misquote, and what he really said was “Muslims are building this country…”.  Big difference.  However, I researched the first issue, and am going to do some diligence on the actual quote as well here.
When I looked it up, I figured he (the guy in the White House) was quoting a book recently that said “muslims built America”, about slaves of islamic descent, how they made up 15-20% of the slave population, and they all could read and write and so on. But, it turns out to be a total bunch of bunk if you pick it apart just a little bit.
I went and researched, and applied common sense to it all. Here are some facts:
1. The slave traders in Africa – they were muslim, the slaves were animist predominantly, tribal types from the interior of Africa.
2. If the slave traders had dealt in islamic slaves, they would have been in trouble with their imams.
3. Assuming some slaves were muslim, how many? Conservative estimates prior to that book showed maybe as much as 5%, but more likely 2-3%.
4. Again, assuming that slaves were equally distributed between US and French buyers, then there should have been as many muslims (percentage wise) in Haiti (the first country freed in a slave rebellion) as there were in the United States. What happened in Haiti was a gradual descent into a mix of Catholic dogma and Voodoo – the animist religion of interior tribal peoples from Africa’s interior.
5. Haiti has slid so far in fact, that it was once the “Jewel of the Caribbean” and is now the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
6. If the United States had been “Built by Muslims” then we would have had the same thing happen here (inference).  Since that was not the case, something else is obviously true in the United States.
Then, what did the guy in the White House mean about all his muslim friends “Building America”?  I think he means that they are part of his new agenda to “Fundamentally transform” the United States into something it was not prior to them being involved.  Since there were a large number of folks who thought we were doing just fine, it’s in our best interests therefore to tell the guy in the White House that his “America, fundamentally changed” is a flawed idea.
Our founding fathers set out to create a nation where the people would be in charge, not the government.  What’s happened gradually, over the past 75 years or so, is that government has grown and gotten so huge that it is an entity inextricably linked to all aspects of our daily lives.  Or is it?  Many of us argue that our nation CAN be fundamentally transformed, and the government made smaller, and less of a drag on our system, resources and so on.  The government budget today is roughly $4T.  That’s right, $4,000,000,000,000.  Four TRILLION dollars.  It’s beyond the capacity of most folks to even envision that much money, let alone think about how it all is acquired and spent – and for what?
I am a firm believer that we can “Build America over again” and I think that the founding fathers intended very much for us to do so – periodically – without having to resort to revolution.  However, I do not believe, personally, that the Qur’an has any legitimate role in the rebuilding of our country.  I have found five reasons (and these are just the top 5) why Islam has no business “Building America”:
1.  It disallows free speech. First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law… abridging freedom of speech.” Qur’an: “Allah likes not the uttering of unseemly speech in public, except on the part of one who is being wronged…” (4:49) And, free speech expressed in the form of cartoons of Muhammad is a very, verybad idea. Unless you want to… you know.
2.  Women are to be second-class citizens. Nineteenth Amendment: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Not only do many Sharia-adhering countries not allow women to vote; they also don’t allow them to drive, or be educated, or hold government offices. War on women, maybe? To quote the Qur’an: “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.  (Sura 2:282). If you’ve got a strong stomach, check out this lengthy listof anti-woman verses from the Qur’an. Muhammad wasn’t too kind to the ladies…
3.  The Qur’an allows for violence against one’s fellow man, if he’s not a Muslim. The preamble to the US Constitution makes it kinda clear what we’re going for in this country: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty…”  Domestic tranquility. Common defense. General welfare. Contrast that with the Qur’an: “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” (8:12)  Yikes.
4.  Slavery’s cool. Especially if it involves women. Thirteenth Amendment of the Constititution: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Interestingly, the Qur’an actually devotes more verses to ensuring Muslim men know they can keep women as sex slaves (4) than it does telling them to pray five times a day (0). “O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee.”  (33:50)
5.  Freedom of religion. According to the US Constitution’s First Amendment, Americans are guaranteed this: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It can probably go without saying, considering hundreds of Christians have been brutally murdered by ISIS due to their faith in Christ; but the Qur’an doesn’t make quite the same allowances: “slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.” (9:5) In fact, the Quran contains 109 passages that call Muslims to war against those who choose any other faith. Does that sound like a loving God; or maybe, could it be…
I borrowed these from an excellent article on Western Journalism.
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