Muslim congresswoman, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Minn.), was sworn into office using the Quran, which she extolled as a foundational book of United States history, claiming that it served America’s founding fathers as a preferred book of wisdom.
She used an English translation of Islam’s holy book that was previously owned by former President Thomas Jefferson two centuries ago – the same Quran used several years ago to swear in Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is currently fighting his ex-girlfriend’s domestic violence allegations.
Touting Islam over Christianity
Tlaib seized the opportunity to use the Quran swearing in to insert her Muslim beliefs that contradict the account given in the Bible – the book that has traditionally used for centuries to swear in members of United States Congress.
“It’s important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam is somehow foreign to American history,” Tlaib claimed, according to Roya News. “Muslims were there at the beginning … Some of our founding fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now.”
This is the same positioning Ellison took a decade ago, when he also insisted that Jefferson owned the Islamic holy book because he loved Islam and Quranic scripture.
This contention was quickly dismissed.
“But those early leaders of the United States – including Jefferson – knew of Islam not because they were fans,” WND reported. “They saw its advocates as enemies.”
But Ellison insisted about a decade ago that Jefferson got much of his knowledge from the Quran
“It would have been something that contributed to his own thinking,” Ellison was quoted back in 2008, according to WND.
It was conceded by Ted Sampley – the publisher of U.S. Veteran Dispatch – that Jefferson sought knowledge from the Quran, but for a reason Ellison would likely not want to repeat.
“There is no doubt Ellison was right about Jefferson believing wisdom could be ‘gleaned’ from the Muslim Quran,” Sampley wrote, according to WND. “At the time Jefferson owned the book, he needed to know everything possible about Muslims because he was about to advocate war against the Islamic ‘Barbary’ states of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Tripoli.”
Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer echoed Sampley’s historical take on the subject, accusing Tlaib of rewriting history to cast Islam in a positive light.
“Tlaib’s statement here is part of the ongoing effort to rewrite early American history to put Muslims in it, and to recast Thomas Jefferson as an Islamophilic multiculturalist,” Spencer argued in a Jihad Watch report. “Reality was different. Jefferson owned a Qur’an because he understood that one must know one’s enemy in order to know how to defeat him.”
The brutality and violence that has played a major role in Islam’s history was then noted by Sampley, who recounted how Muslim pirates sailed the African and Mediterranean coasts to conduct barbaric raids for 10 centuries in order to pillage villages and abduct slaves – including women who they sold into prostitution in Islamic markets – inflicting major casualties upon their non-Muslim subjects.
“It was typical of Muslim raiders to kill off as many of the ‘non-Muslim’ older men and women as possible so the preferred ‘booty’ of only young women could be collected,” Sampley informed. “Boys – as young as nine or 10 years old – were often mutilated to create eunuchs, who would bring higher prices in the slave markets of the Middle East.”
Militant Islam not just a modern-day convention
Spencer also brought up the time in 1786 when Jefferson and another former president from centuries ago, John Adams, asked a Muslim ambassador to London, Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, in a letter to Congress why his people from Tripolitania pursued militant conquests against peaceful nations.
“[Why did they] – concerning the ground of the pretensions … make war upon nations who had done [your people] no injury?” they asked the Muslim leader, according to Jihad Watch.
Abdrahaman used the Quran to justify the carnage.
“The ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered 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 Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise,” Spencer noted.