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Leftist Rag, Salon, claims Thomas Jefferson engaged with Islam to ensure rights of Muslims….
As usual from a leftist propaganda outlet, they presented a half-truth then presented it to fit their false narrative.
Thomas Jefferson did ‘engage’ with Muslims. So did John Adams…just not with the intention that Salon is, unsurprisingly, lying about.
In the 1780’s, the Barbary Pirates, hailing out of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and the independent Sultanate of Morocco, were terrorizing the Mediterranean. Capturing merchant ships and enslaving or ransoming their crews provided the Muslim rulers of these nations with wealth and naval power.
Barbary pirates led attacks upon American merchant shipping in an attempt to extort ransom for the lives of captured sailors, and ultimately tribute from the United States to avoid further attacks.
The U.S. Minister to France, Thomas Jefferson, decided to send envoys to Morocco and Algeria to try to purchase treaties and the freedoms of the captured sailors held by Algeria. Morocco was the first Barbary Coast state to sign a treaty with the U.S. on June 23, 1786. This treaty formally ended all Moroccan piracy against American shipping interests.
American diplomatic action with Algeria, the other major Barbary Coast state, was much less successful than with Morocco. Algeria began piracy against the U.S. on July 25, 1785 with the capture of the schooner Maria and the Dauphin a week later. The crews of the Maria and Dauphin remained in captivity for over a decade, and soon were joined by crews of other ships captured by the Barbary States. The captives were pressed into hard labor in the service of the Barbary pirates, and struggled under extremely poor conditions that exposed them to vermin and disease. As word of their treatment reached to the U.S., through freed captives’ narratives or letters, Americans pushed for direct government action to stop the piracy against U.S. ships.
In March 1785, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to London to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman. When they enquired “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury”, the ambassador replied:
It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.
Jefferson reported the conversation to Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Jay, who submitted the Ambassador’s comments and offer to Congress. Jefferson argued that paying tribute would encourage more attacks. Although John Adams agreed with Jefferson, he believed that circumstances forced the U.S. to pay tribute until an adequate navy could be built.
Jefferson continued to argue for cessation of the tribute, with rising support from George Washington and others.
"Immediately prior to Jefferson’s inauguration in 1801, Congress passed naval legislation that, among other things, provided for six frigates that ‘shall be officered and manned as the President of the United States may direct.’ … In the event of a declaration of war on the United States by the Barbary powers, these ships were to ‘protect our commerce & chastise their insolence — by sinking, burning or destroying their ships & Vessels wherever you shall find them.’"
On Jefferson’s inauguration as president in 1801, Yusuf Karamanli, the Pasha of Tripoli, demanded $225,000 from the new administration.
Putting his long-held beliefs into practice, Jefferson refused the demand. Consequently, on May 10, 1801, the Pasha declared war on the U.S.
In response, “Jefferson sent a small force to the area to protect American ships and citizens against potential aggression, but insisted that he was ‘unauthorized by the Constitution, without the sanction of Congress, to go beyond the line of defense.’”
Although Congress never voted on a formal declaration of war, they did authorize the President to instruct the commanders of armed American vessels to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli “and also to cause to be done all such other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war will justify.”
The U.S Navy went unchallenged on the sea, but still the question remained undecided. Jefferson pressed the issue the following year, with an increase in military force and deployment of many of the Navy’s best ships to the region throughout 1802. The USS Argus, Chesapeake, Constellation, Constitution, Enterprise, Intrepid, Philadelphia and Syren all saw service during the war under the overall command of Commodore Edward Preble. Throughout 1803, Preble set up and maintained a blockade of the Barbary ports and executed a campaign of raids and attacks against the cities’ fleets.
And, as anyone who has a semi-literate education should know, that war culminated with the US Marines storming the “shores of Tripoli” and beating the Muslim pirates into submission.
So, yes, Jefferson did engage with the Muslim and proceeded to kick their asses when they refused to listen to reason…as usual.
Nice try, Salon, you lying sacks of lying turds.
What could go wrong?
Hamas is lobbying for a stricter enforcement of Islamic law in Gaza – including provisions to cut off the hands of thieves, and execution of individuals who cheat on their spouses. A report in the Al-Hayat dailynewspaper said that Hamas expects the new regulations to take effect in the coming months, after introduction of the legislation in the PA parliament.
Existing laws mete out the death penalty to individuals convicted of murder, spying, homosexuality, or selling land to Jews. The new legislation will expand the crimes for which individuals can be executed to include disloyalty to a spouse – having sexual relations outside the context of marriage. Other provisions of the law include chopping off the right hand of a thief (along with at least a seven year jail sentence), and lashes for a large number of “crimes,” including drinking alcoholic beverages and gambling. All the punishments are derived from sharia, Islamic law.
In addition, girls age 15 will be able to decide to marry on their own, without requiring permission from their parents. Individuals age ten and over are considered adults under the new legislation, and are subject to the full force of the law for offenses.
Isn’t this just peaceful and so worthy of respect? Let’s keep laws that allow the government to murder gay people and people who sell land to Jews. What a tolerant, freedom of religion loving group of misunderstood, victimized “Palestinians”.
But on the plus side, at least little girls, who would be too young to drive in the US, can now marry and do the dirty with the 50 year-old men who buy them from their families now.
And who hasn’t said that 10 year-old kids should receive the same punishment as an adult? I mean, it’s not like they aren’t completely mentally developed and are totally aware of the consequences of their actions. So what if he only shoplifted a Snicker’s bar from the local bazaar…off with his hand!!!
These people and the idiots who support them are animals.
American Middle East analysts often claim that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate organization, nothing like the more radical Salafis. If true, what do we make of the fact that the most intolerant, anti-American, hate-filled Salafis and jihadis also happen to be the greatest and staunchest supporters of Morsi? Doesn’t such unequivocal support indicate shared ideologies and goals?
Consider: A few weeks ago, while discussing the ongoing protests against Egypt’s President Muhammad Morsi—himself a leader of the Brotherhood—Sheikh Abdullah Badr, an Al Azhar trained scholar and professor of Islamic exegesis, made the following assertion on live TV:
“I swear to Allah, the day those who went out [to protest], and at their head, the [Coptic] Christians—I say this at the top of my voice—the day they think to come near Dr. Morsi, I—we—will pop their eyes out, and the eyes of all those who support them, even America; and America will burn, and all its inhabitants. Be assured, the day Dr. Morsi is touched by any hand whichever, and connected to whomever, by Allah it will be the last day for us. We will neither leave them, nor show them any mercy.”
Such a peaceful and religious people. Aren’t you glad Obama decided to support them, give them money and weapons and take them on as advisers?
Oh, there’s nothing to worry about with such pious people as this as our ‘allies’.
A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.
We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”
Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this conclusion: Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators.
In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.
The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.
Now, as the U.S. supports the jihad on Syria’s secular president Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away.
In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs—which had a Christian population of some 80,000 before jihadis came—was murdered. One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians…. Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.” […]
In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled. According to reports, “the church in Mali faces being eradicated,” especially in the north “where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out… there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded.
Gosh! I wonder what people would say if Christians were persecuting, killing and driving Muslims out of their countries by the hundreds of thousands.
But the reverse is just a-okay. You know…because Muslims are so misunderstood, peaceful and culture…or something.
For some reason, my Templar icon is twitching.
Last year more Christians were killed in Nigeria than any other country. The onslaught of bombings made Nigeria the nation with the highest Christian death toll.
But remember, childrens….evil Christians are never persecuted.
…that crucifixes are banned in Saudi Arabia unless they’re being used in crucifixions?
….Looks like Iran is bringing back that joyous, totally not barbaric, practice of stoning.
It must be wonderful to live in the 21st Century and still have a 7th Century mentality.
But remember, childrens, it’s their culture and if you whisper a peep of disapproval that makes you nothing but a filthy Islamophobe.
Well, isn’t that interesting?
From the Washington Free Beacon:
Muslim extremists with ties to al Qaeda have been using Massachusetts and the city of Boston as a jihadi headquarters since at least 1993, according to a recent report by a top terrorism analyst.
At least 26 residents were found to have ties to al Qaeda, according to the report by the Henry Jackson Society. The activity dates from before the Tsarnaev brothers, radical Muslim immigrants to the United States, were identified as the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Jihadist activity has taken place in Massachusetts since at least 1993 and includes in-state fundraising for terrorism, “those convicted of planning jihad, and even those who have been killed while fighting abroad,” according to the report by terrorism analyst Robin Simcox.
“The city [of Boston] and state of Massachusetts has a long history of ties to AQ [al Qaeda] and AQ-inspired militancy,” the report states.
“Even prior to last week’s Boston bombing, there had been twenty six individuals with links to Massachusetts connected to AQ [al Qaeda] and AQ-inspired terrorism,” the report states. “Fifteen had lived in Massachusetts, with eleven 9/11 hijackers using the Boston area as a temporary base from which to launch their attacks.”
Good thing Obama took the advice of the Muslim Brotherhood and their lapdog organization, CAIR, which directed Obama to scrub any reference to jihad and Islamic Terror from policy and training materials. And, even better for them, that idiot bowed down and made it policy.
What could go wrong?
But keep your blinders on, people. Nothing to see here and besides….we have a gay basketball player now!!
Large majorities in the Muslim world want the Islamic legal and moral code of sharia as the official law in their countries, but they disagree on what it includes and who should be subject to it, an extensive new survey says.
Over three-quarters of Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia want sharia courts to decide family law issues such as divorce and property disputes, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life said on Tuesday.
Views on punishments such as chopping off thieves’ hands or decreeing death for apostates is more evenly divided in much of the Islamic world, although more than three-quarters of Muslims in South Asia say they are justified.
Those punishments have helped make sharia controversial in some non-Islamic countries, where some critics say radical Muslims want to impose it on western societies, but the survey shows views in Muslim countries are far from monolithic.
“Muslims are not equally comfortable with all aspects of sharia,” said the study by the Washington-based Pew Forum. “Most do not believe it should be applied to non-Muslims.”
Unlike codified Western law, sharia is a loosely defined set of moral and legal guidelines based on the Koran, the sayings of Prophet Mohammad (hadith) and Muslim traditions. Its rules and advice cover everything from prayers to personal hygiene.
So many “Muslims are not equally comfortable with all aspects of sharia”? So what does that make them in the eyes of Islam?
Sharia is based on the Qur’an (the Qur’an is supposedly the complete code for the Muslims to live a good, chaste, abundant and rewarding life in obedience to the commandments of Allah, in this life and to gain salvation in the next. It is the “chart of life” for every Muslim, and it is the “constitution” of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and holds all the revelations that Mohammad received from Allah over a period of 23 years), the teachings of Mohammad, (which he supposedly received directly from Allah and, as such, are directions from God himself), and through traditions.
Taking that into consideration, if Muslims are uncomfortable following every aspect of Sharia, then they would be disobeying the word of Allah and betraying His Prophet and committing blasphemy and apostasy against the religion.
Or, like the article says, are the teachings of Mohammad and the instructions found in the Qu’ran (which is supposed to be the word of Allah) nothing more than “guidelines” to be used or ignored as they suit a person’s purpose or to justify the slaughter of non-believers?
….Which would be Muslims who do not follow every aspect of Sharia to the letter.
Kuwaiti political activist, Salwa al-Mutairi, explaining how she once asked Islam’s greatest authorities living in the city of Mecca about the legality of sex-slavery and how they all confirmed it to be perfectly legitimate.
In unrelated news, Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-‘Ajlawni, a Jordanian of origin who earlier lived in Damascus, Syria for 17 years, posted a YouTube video at the beginning of April, 2013, where he said he was preparing to issue a “legitimate fatwa” making it legal (in the eyes of Islam) for those Muslims fighting to topple secular president Bashar Assad and install Sharia law to “capture and have sex with” all non-Sunni women, specifically naming Assad’s own sect, the Alawites, as well as the Druze and several others, in short, all non-Sunnis and non-Muslims.
In even more unrelated news, a few months earlier, Saudi preacher Muhammad al-Arifi also issued a fatwa allowing jihadi fighters to engage in “intercourse marriage” with captive Syrian women that lasts for a few hours “in order to give each fighter a turn”—in case you’re out of the loop, this is also known as gang-rape.
From USA Today:
The mosque attended by the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon double bombing has been associated with other terrorism suspects, has invited radical speakers to a sister mosque in Boston and is affiliated with a Muslim group that critics say nurses grievances that can lead to extremism.
Several people who attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass., have been investigated for Islamic terrorism, including a conviction of the mosque’s first president, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, in connection with an assassination plot against a Saudi prince.
Its sister mosque in Boston, known as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, has invited guests who have defended terrorism suspects. A former trustee appears in a series of videos in which he advocates treating gays as criminals, says husbands should sometimes beat their wives and calls on Allah (God) to kill Zionists and Jews, according to Americans for Peace and Tolerance, an interfaith group that has investigated the mosques.
Sure sounds religion of peacey to me.
But I’ll patiently wait for the usual howls from the apologists and excusers who will screech like Banshees with a thorn in their left butt cheek about how “These are just two Mosques!! The vast (they always like using the word ‘vast’ for some reason) are peaceful!!!!” and the always popular “Islamaphobe!!”
That’s one way of looking at it, I guess.
Secretary of State John “Herman Munster” Kerry
Gosh, Jonathan! I wonder what he could have learned that gave him a willingness to kill people!!
C’mon! You can say it! I know you’re a big boy and can say the words. Here-I’ll say it with you, buddy.
Now you try.
…are batting around a theory that a reason for Boston Bomber #1 to become a terrorist was not because of Islam but because….get ready for it….make sure your Idiot Shields are on full power….here it comes….he was a boxer.
Yep. Being radicalized and blindly following an inherently oppressive and violent religion with a centuries long history of terror and murder has nothing to do with the bombing…it’s because he got knocked upside the head a few times with someone wearing padded gloves.
Just when I thought Think Progress couldn’t be any dumber.
Do any of you people who read their crap actually believe it or do you do it for the humor factor?
Please tell me it’s for the amusement because if you actually take what they publish as fact then our country is even more screwed than I thought.
How peaceful of them.
Hardline Islamists threw stones and bottles at young women in a student hostel in Tunis to stop them staging a performance of dance and music, witnesses said on Thursday, in another blow to secular freedoms in the country that spawned the Arab Spring.
Since secular dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fell two years ago in the first of multiple revolts across the Arab world, moderate Islamists have won election and radical Muslims have targeted symbols of a hitherto mainly secular society.
Female university students housed at the Bardo district hostel in the capital were just starting a weekly show of dance and music on Wednesday evening when dozens of hardline Salafists broke into the premises after scaling its walls, witnesses said.
“They smashed windows on our building and threw stones and bottles at the students, stopping the performance,” said Rim Nsairi, one of the students, who are aged 19 to 24.