President Barack Obama held the umpteenth celebratory dinner for adherents to the Islamic faith the other day. In his voluminous praise of Islam and the Muslim community, the President referenced the fact that Thomas Jefferson once possessed a Koran. This, according to our Dear Leader, testifies to the valuable role Muslims have long played in the political experiment that is America.
“As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia -- perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress -- the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that's a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam -- like so many faiths -- is part of our national story.” - BHO
President Obama seems to assume that Jefferson’s possession of a Koran means he was a passionate a proponent of the same multicultural deification so prevalent in today’s Democratic Party. While this convenient revisionist rhetoric would place the American political tradition in line with Obama’s Muslim sympathies, it also casts Jefferson as something he incontestably was not.
Jefferson was perhaps the first Republican to acknowledge the fundamental relationship between Quranic teaching and violence against non-believers and non-Muslim nations. In 1786, he and John Adams met with an ambassador from Tripoli to ask him by what right his nation attacked American ships and impressed American sailors.
The ambassador claimed that the right was founded on the laws of the prophet and written in the Koran. According to him, all nations that fail to acknowledge the authority of Islam were therefore enemies. Given this fact and the Barbary Wars shortly thereafter, Jefferson’s possession of a Koran may be best explained by the oft-repeated aphorism know thy enemy.
But, as Obama has it, Thomas Jefferson's administration was but a forerunner to CAIR. But then again, Obama is accustomed to making things appear other than they actually are.
In the same speech, for example, the President said, “Indeed, you know that the Koran teaches, ‘Be it man or woman, each of you is equal to the other.’” The President, remarkably, finds in the Koran the scriptural equivalent of a sound byte and subsequently uses that byte to depict Islam as an advocate for equality between the sexes.
You wonderfully informed RedState readers probably don’t need a reminder about the many other surahs (or verses) of the Islamic holy text which make abundantly clear what Muhammad thought about “women’s rights”—but here’s a little Koranic quotation, just in case:
2:228 – “And they [women] have rights similar to those [of men] over them in kindness, and men are a degree above them. Allah is Mighty, Wise.” (But how big is ‘a degree’?)
2:282 – “And call two witnesses from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not at hand, then a man and two women.” (a.k.a. female testimony, in a legal sense, is half as trustworthy as that of a man.)
4:11 – “Allah chargeth you concerning [the provision for] your children: to the male the equivalent of the portion of two females.”
I wonder just how many other precepts of Islamic social justice dwell in Obama's heart...