Also in his Ramadan greeting, Obama noted that
Here in the United States, Ramadan reminds us that Islam is part of the fabric of our Nation, and that—from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts—Muslim Americans help strengthen our country and enrich our lives.
There may indeed be individual Muslim-Americans who are serving this country in those arenas, but how exactly is Islam “part of the fabric of our nation”? A Washington Times editorial two years ago demolished that multiculturalist trope after Obama expressed a similar sentiment in his 2010 Ramadan speech:
Most puzzling is the president’s claim that “Islam has always been part of America.” Islam had no influence on the origins and development of the United States. It contributed nothing to early American political culture, art, literature, music or any other aspect of the early nation.
Nor has it since then. FrontPage’s own scholar of Islam, Robert Spencer, deconstructed that same 2010 speech as well, asking the Obama administration to provide
a list of the Muslim Founding Fathers, the Muslim heroes of the American Revolution, the names of the Muslims killed fighting in the Civil War (for the North, no doubt – you know, “racial equality”!), the Muslim Senators and Congressmen who served with distinction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – I’m sure the Obama Administration will have no trouble coming up with all that, will they? And I trust it will also contain a list of those “extraordinary contributions” that Muslims have made to our country. Aside from being the impetus for some extraordinary innovations in airport security, I can’t think of any.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, Obama is determined to promote the notion that Islam has played and continues to play a critical, central role in America life. How much longer will it be before he begins openly referring to our shared “Judeo-Christian-Muslim heritage”?
Much like our President’s laughable pronouncements that the American “private sector is doing fine,” that “tiny countries” like Iran and Venezuela are not a threat, and that his administration “has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration,” Obama’s latest Ramadan statement is utterly divorced from reality.
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