The Demonization of Muslims is “Completely At Odds with America’s Founding Principles”

Preface: I am not a Muslim or some kind of cheerleader for Middle Eastern countries. I was born and raised in America, and come from a Judeo-Christian background. Like the Founding Fathers, I am simply opposed to unnecessary war … and tolerant of other religions..

We Always Demonize Our Enemies to Drum Up Support for War

War is always sold to it’s people by artificially demonizing the enemy.

Countries need to lie about their enemies in order to demonize them sufficiently so that the people will support the war.

Everyone knows that “truth is the first casualty of war“.

As Tom Brokaw said:

All wars are based on propaganda.

Posters prepared in foreign countries demonizing Americans are an obvious form of propaganda. For example, here are samples from Nazi Germany:

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North Korea:

These are disturbing images, because we as Americans know that they falsely depict who we are.

But Americans have demonized our enemies as well. For example, in World War II, anti-Japanese posters such as the following were used to whip up hatred of the enemy:

And, at times, Americans have even demonized other Americans, such as during the Civil War:

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We Are Now Demonizing Muslims

Similarly, in order to whip up support for America’s current wars in the Middle East and North Africa – which are based on geopolitical considerations – the folks trying to spread war are demonizing all Muslims as being terrorists.

But as we’ve previously noted, the Founding Fathers were not anti-Islam.

As Ted Widmer reported in the Boston Globe:

The Founders were way ahead of us. They thought hard about how to build a country of many different faiths. And to advance that vision to the fullest, they read the Koran, and studied Islam with a calm intelligence that today’s over-hyped Americans can only begin to imagine. They knew something that we do not. To a remarkable degree, the Koran is not alien to American history — but inside it.

No book states the case more plainly than a single volume, tucked away deep within the citadel of Copley Square — the Boston Public Library. The book known as Adams 281.1 is a copy of the Koran, from the personal collection of John Adams. [This]tells an important story, and reminds us how worldly the Founders were, and how impervious to the fanaticisms that spring up like dandelions whenever religion and politics are mixed. They, like we, lived in a complicated and often hostile global environment, dominated by religious strife, terror, and the bloodsport of competing empires. Yet better than we, they saw the world as it is, and refused the temptation to enlarge our enemies into Satanic monsters, or simply pretend they didn’t exist.

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Why would John Adams and a cluster of farmers in the Connecticut valley have bought copies of the Koran in 1806? Surprisingly, there was a long tradition of New Englanders reading in the Islamic scripture.

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This theory was eloquently expressed around the time the Constitution was written. One of its models was the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution, which John Adams had helped to create, and which, in the words of one of its drafters, Theophilus Parsons, was designed to ensure “the most ample of liberty of conscience” for “Deists, Mahometans [i.e. Muslims] Jews and Christians.”

As the Founders deliberated over what types of people would ultimately populate the strange new country they were creating, they cited Muslims as an extreme of foreign-ness whom it would be important to protect in the future. Perhaps, they daydreamed, a Muslim or a Catholic might even be president someday? Like everything, they debated it. Some disapproved, but Richard Henry Lee insisted that “true freedom embraces the Mahometan and Gentoo [Hindu] as well as the Christian religion.” George Washington went out of his way to praise Muslims on several occasions, and suggested that he would welcome them at Mount Vernon if they were willing to work. Benjamin Franklin argued that Muslims should be able to preach to Christians if we insisted on the right to preach to them. Near the end of his life, he impersonated a Muslim essayist, to mock American hypocrisy over slavery.

Thomas Jefferson, especially, had a familiarity with Islam that borders on the astonishing. Like Adams, he owned a Koran …. Jefferson even tried to learn Arabic, and wrote his Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom to protect “the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination.”

Lynn Parramore – founding editor of the economic blog New Deal 2.0 – pointed out Sunday that this American tolerance of Islam continued for hundreds of years:

Muslims have been in America for so long they could almost have formed a welcoming committee to the Daughters of the Revolution.

Consider this: Anthony “The Turk” Janszoon van Salee, son of the president of the Republic of Salé in Morocco, was among the earliest and richest settlers of Manhattan island, a devout Muslim, and the ancestor of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Whitneys, Humphrey Bogart, and, according to family lore, Jacqueline Bouvier. That’s right: the Lady of Camelot apparently had a mixed-race Muslim as an ancestor! One of van Salee’s first properties was a farm in lower Manhattan acquired in 1638 located on the north side of the stockade along present-day Wall Street, just blocks from the Park Place Islamic center characterized by Geller as a foreign presence on sacred American soil. A defender of minorities, van Salee became the first settler of Brooklyn. Coney Island, which abutted his property, was known as “Turk’s Island” until the 19th century.

Muslims are feeling unwelcome in America today, but followers of Muhammed were living here before the arrival of English in Spanish-controlled Florida and French Louisiana, where slaves were imported from the Senegambia region of Africa, home to a large Muslim population.

Influenced by the tolerance of the Enlightenment, America’s founders considered Islam’s place in the new republic despite widespread fear of Barbary pirates and a sense of European rivalry with the Ottoman Empire. As befitting a student of law in a religiously diverse land, Thomas Jefferson purchased a Quran to learn about the Islamic legal code – the same Quran that was used in the swearing in of Muslim Keith Ellison to the U.S. Congress. In 1776, John Adams published “Thoughts on Government,” which praised the prophet Muhammad as a “sober inquirer after truth.” Ben Franklin set up a non-sectarian meeting house in Philadelphia, declaring in his autobiography that “even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”

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The numbers of enslaved Africans who were Muslims was significant: Conservative estimates put the number at 10 percent of all slaves, with some estimates running as high as 30 percent. A hodgepodge of sources –from plantation records to runaway slave advertisements to WPA interviews – show that Muslims went to great lengths to observe their religion; that Islam was a marker of status in the larger African American society; and that African American culture reflects the influence of early Muslims.

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On plantations throughout the South, particularly in the early period of slavery, it would have been possible to see enslaved Africans with names like Mustapha and Fatima kneeling on prayer mats, their faces turned toward the rising sun ….. Some Southern slave owners considered Muslims superior to non-Muslims as workers, though others considered their education and literacy to be dangerous.

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Polls show that Americans remain unfamiliar with Islam, and according to the ACLU, anti-mosque activity has bubbled up in more than half of U.S. states in the last five years. Yet Islam is inextricably woven into the fabric of American history, from the distinctive service of Muslims in all American wars, including the Revolution….

[F]ar from being a foreign presence, Muslims have exerted an influence on American culture even greater than their numbers would suggest from the very beginning. The real foreign presence is Islamophobia, which is completely at odds with America’s founding principles.

Postscript: Obviously we are not claiming that the Founding Fathers were themselves Muslims, or that some people calling themselves Muslims are not terrorists.

But the current demonization of all Muslims is wholly anti-American. The reality is that the Founding Fathers were influenced by the Judeo-Christian tradition, but also the Iroquois concept of separation of powers (see this and this). They were open-minded and inclusive … and they took freedom of religion very seriously.

The American government largely created the most radical, violent forms of Islam. The U.S. has had a large hand in strengthening radical Islam in the Middle East by supporting radicals to fight the Soviets and others.

And the U.S. has ruthlessly squashed moderate forms of Islam. For example, the CIA admits that the U.S. overthrew the secular, moderate, suit-and-tie-wearing, Democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. He was overthrown because he had nationalized Iran’s oil, which had previously been controlled by BP and other Western oil companies. As part of that action, the CIA admits that it hired Iranians to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its prime minister.

If the U.S. hadn’t overthrown the moderate Iranian government, the fundamentalist Mullahs would have never taken over.

Indeed, the U.S. is currently funding radical Islamic terrorists who are killing Christians.

But – the demonizers will argue – Islamic terrorists attacked us on 9/11 and they have attacked us since. They quote a verse or two out of the Koran to say that Islam is a murderous religion.

But terrorists who call themselves “Christians” are not true Christians, and the Old Testament of the Bible is chock-full of admonitions to murder everyone not of their tribe. That doesn’t make all Christians and Jews terrorists, does it?

Muslim scholars tell me that Islam prohibits the killing of innocent civilians. So terrorists are not true Muslims. Those claiming they are committing terrorist acts as Muslims are as credible as the Norwegian murderer or Timothy McVeigh trying to say they were following Christians values.

Indeed, the 9/11 hijackers used cocaine and drank alcohol, slept with prostitutes and attended strip clubs … but they did not worship at any mosque. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. These are hardly the acts of devout Muslims.

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  • mmckinl

    “Indeed, the 9/11 hijackers used cocaine and drank alcohol, slept with prostitutes and attended strip clubs … but they did not worship at any mosque. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. These are hardly the acts of devout Muslims.”

    Another back door assertion of the official fabricated 9/11 story. Assertion by omission. Many of the so called named 9/11 hijackers are indeed alive and well … and never took part in 9/11. As many as seven of those named in fact are still alive … BBC reports on 4 of them …

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1559151.stm

    And here is another piece on the “highjackers” … The question is why was none of this reported to the American public at the time?

    http://guardian.150m.com/september-eleven/hijackers-alive.htm

    If you want to invoke the “9/11 highjackers” maybe you should explain exactly who you are speaking of …

    • Southernfink

      Hi mmckinl just looking at 276 strange coincidences about 911,perhaps you have come across the link to this site before but i found it strangely interesting with some of the items in the above article in it as well >>http://www.nc911truth.org/911_Coincidences.html,on another matter ,have you got anything on the TPP?

  • rseling

    Christianity teaches tolerance of other faiths, that is true, however, the Koran and the Talmud both teach that their is to be “no tolerance” of any other faith except worship of Mohammed and to the Jewish end. All over the world in all Muslim countries where Mohammedism is prevelant their is no toleration of Christians, even recently in over a dozen Muslim countries Christians are being killed, fragged, and horribly treated. It is a fact that as soon as Muslims gain at the least a 25% representation in a country the attacks and “intolerance” begins against Christians. It is a shame that Christians are so ignorant of the teachings of the Koran and even the Talmud. The Koran teaches that all Christians must convert or die, the Tulmud teaches that all Christians must be killed or become subserviant to Judaism, and don’t listen to a Muslim or a Jew tell you what the teachings of their faiths are, but rather read the truth yourself, as both are taught in both their holy books that “to lie to a Christian is virtuous”. In the future what do you think the laws and freedoms in this country are going to reflect. With the large increase in immigration of Muslims, HIndus, Chinese and Oriental Pagans, with the resulting representation of these peoples into our society as Congressmen, Judges, Professors, etc, what then are the laws and tolerations going to be as they themselves incorporate their own beliefs into our supposedly Christian system. Already we see Atheist, Tulmadic, and Pagan ideas infiltrating into our legal system and the resulting fracturing of America. One has to be totally oblivious to the reality evolving around us of an America beingivided to the point that a violent confrontation is soon and inevitably coming. In the 1960’s America’s Immigration laws and quotas were changed in order to destroy the Christian heritage of America in order to prepare it for the eventualy takeover of a Atheist Dictatorship; this is not a wild accusation but is testified too by the very officials and peoples who have been behind our immigration laws and the purposeful change in our demographics. Look closely at Michigan and other areas of the country where Muslims have large representations; the demand to place Shira Law into local practices, of Muslim attacks on non Muslims – look at England and France whose large Muslim minorities are causing widespread violence large increases of attacks against whites and Christians, and their resultant drain on the welfare systems of those countries, of the huge amounts of damage to property and peoples that have resulted in the last few years as they demand more entitlements and Shira Law. Their Imans have recently publically ordered the Muslim Women to have at least ten children per family in order to pursue their domination of the Christian countries they have become parasites in. Listen to their Imans who preach the demise of Western Culture, who tell their adherents to multiply and demand Shira Law, to Islamofy the countries they are slowly emigrating to – open your ears people, listen to theses Islamofanatics preach how they will overcome and subjugate yourselves from their own mouths – read and listen to what and how these Muslims live in their own dominated countries, of how buggery is common from fathers on their own sons, how they treat their women – what blind fools have we become? Vice demands that Virtue be tolerant and when Vice is tolerated and given equal rights with Vice, Vice then being intolerant by its nature then turns on Virtue and demands and attempts the demise of Virtue. We now see this even in our social fabric: Homsexuality demanded tolerance, then equal rights, and now demands not only equal rights but the vilification of Virtue and of any opposition to their agenda, even demanding and being given the insane opportunity of having their agenda being taught to our little children in our schools. Get ready for a very violent confrontation for the fools that in their ignorance and material comforts have ignored what is happening all around them for the day is coming when they will be the victims of their own foolishness and ignorance.

    • AlreadyPublished

      “Christianity teaches tolerance of other faiths, that is true, however,
      the Koran and the Talmud both teach that their is to be “no tolerance”
      of any other faith except worship of Mohammed and to the Jewish end.” (???)

      Defamatory gibberish. The Quran explicitly states that it is the role of the fictional skydaddy to punish the non-believer, and not the role of the believer, EXCEPT when the non-believer is invading your home.
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      109:6 Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.
      http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/109/index.htm
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      “But those mine enemies who would not that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me” – the fictional Jesus in Luke 19:27
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      And for Washington, there is no such things as “Judeo-Christian” values or culture. It is a myth.

      Christians typically write from left-to-right, do not maintain food taboos that include codes for methods of slaughtering animals, or mandate/encourage the public display of religious head coverings,

      whereas Jews AND Muslims…
      write from right-to-left,
      maintain food taboos designed to prevent defection from the group (Kosher/Halal)
      (including codes on how to slaughter animals)
      and they wear head coverings to mark them as members of the group.

      Shalom/Salaam – these are Judeo-Islamic values, not Judeo-Christian!

      • Manny

        rseling is right on the ball.

        As for you quoting Luke 19:27, you
        are actually quoting the last verse of a parable (a story to teach a
        lesson). If you read from verse 12, you’ll understand that it talks
        about those who do not share the good news of the gospel or want
        God/Jesus (the master) to reign over them, but instead want to continue
        in their wicked, covetous of what the Christians will inherit, will be
        destroyed at the end of time. It does not instruct Christian’s to kill
        for their beliefs, completely absurd, it’s preached continuously
        throughout the new testament that Christian’s have to be willing to die
        for their beliefs, because they’ll be persecuted throughout the world,
        and it’s only God’s right to avenge the righteous against the wicked at
        the end of time.

        Luke 19

        12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
        13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
        14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
        15 And
        it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the
        kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom
        he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had
        gained by trading.
        16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
        17 And
        he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been
        faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
        18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
        19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
        20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
        21 For
        I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that
        thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
        22 And
        he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou
        wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I
        laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
        23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
        24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
        25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
        26 For
        I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from
        him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
        27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

    • http://twitter.com/Bethsimmons5245 beth simmons

      God is love and there are all kinds of Christians such as there are all kinds of Muslims. No God teaches hate or violence. It is the way it is interpreted. I am more afraid of militant Christians that teach hate as much as any misguided zealot!

      • jarhead1969

        Beth: If you recall: In the Old Test – God told the Hebrews to go and attack a city and kill all – the Hebrews came back but kept the women and didn’t kill the children, just the men. and God chastised them and told them – I told you to kill them all – men, women and children for they are not of me: Moses one time told his priests to go out and kill all those violating God’s laws and 25000 were slaughtered. This God of the Old Test is the God of the New – Christ is God the Second person of the trinity. Many times God ordered the death of the enemies of His people, those who were not of the faith, but then His own people crucified Him and became His enemies – “you are of your father the devil” – “the synagogue of satan” – “liars”.
        In the Talmud (Jewish Holy Book) and in the Koran both teach that killing Christians is virtuous – apparently you are not familiar with history nor the religions of Judaism and Mohamed, both are the sworn enemies of Chrisitanity, you seem to be rather a product of the dumbed down and lies taught in public education and the media.
        Apparently you don’t keep up with world events – how in near every Muslim country they are murdering and raping Christians on a daily basis, how the Jews are murdering the Christians.
        In Syria the Moslems have murdered and killed entire Christian villages, ate their organs, and raped their women with the permission of the Iman’s clerics. Even in Israel the Rabbi’s have told the soldiers it is ok to rape and kill your enemies no matter even if they are children.
        If the mytics and saints are right – soon you will see how lovey man is even here in America.
        God is love but He is also Justice and Justice trumps love in the sense that love is a product of God’s Justice. And yes God “hates” evil.

  • apeman2502

    I was friends in college for over two years with half a dozen middle eastern students and I resent the infantile crap the CFRtv and Rothschild Associated Press puts off on them, calling them ‘Muslims’. Infantile crap. Do yourselves a favor and Buy NOTHING advertised on the CFRtv. Better yet, take your CFRtv down to the beach and roll it into the surf. People need to seek the truth and justice or perish for the benefit of the rest of us.

  • Cincinnatus II

    How naive and/or misleading. The people who wrote the Constitution believed in self governance in an underpopulated, pre-Industrial world. Today the government tells us what to eat and drink; the boob tube tells us what we should look like, and statist teachers tell us what to think. 80% of high school graduates don’t even know what self governance is. And you trot out their words like it applies today? Risible.

    In today’s world every Muslim in America needs to be video taped vowing on the Qoran in both their native language and English that they reject jihad and will never assert Sharia law over our common law. Anything less should get them deported. Guess how many of the mullahs and Immans will do that? None.

    It’s time to prove loyalty to the principals our nation was founded on, and multi-culturalism was not one of them.

  • Ramirez

    Of-course – this article says it all. But their is a much more diabolical deliberate reason for all this. To cover up the destruction and genocide that is happening in Occupied Palestine. And to spread ”reasons” as to why they are doing what they are doing, even after the ”reason” that was Osama bin laden – who happened to die 3 times according to the U.S congress…. I speak that in a comical slur.

    But every CIA officer knows – there are no ”jihadists” on Muslim army that is trying to blow up the west.

    This is indeed the Zionists/khazzar tribe/satanists/illuminati/Rothschild’s attempt to do the world over with the word ”Islamists”. Psychological warfare indeed. All for the sake of a few. Especially Israel.

  • Ramirez

    Of-course – this article says it all. But their is a much more diabolical deliberate reason for all this. To cover up the destruction and genocide that is happening in Occupied Palestine. And to spread ”reasons” as to why they are doing what they are doing, even after the ”reason” that was Osama bin laden – who happened to die 3 times according to the U.S congress…. I speak that in a comical slur.

    But every CIA officer knows – there are no ”jihadists” on Muslim army that is trying to blow up the west.

    This is indeed the Zionists/khazzar tribe/satanists/illuminati/Rothschild’s attempt to do the world over with the word ”Islamists”. Psychological warfare indeed. All for the sake of a few. Especially Israel.

 

 

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