Once again, American Christians and Jews, and even those who do not have a pronounced faith, received a stern lecture from President Obama chastising them for what he claims has been a “rise in attacks against Muslim Americans here at home” adding, “no one should ever feel afraid or unsafe in their place of worship.”

Obama didn’t cite any statistics to support his claim.

His comments were made on the occasion of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, and were undoubtedly intended as a jibe against presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump who has proposed a temporary moratorium on the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States until appropriate vetting processes can be put into place.

Strangely, Obama grouped victims of the terror attack at an Orlando nightclub with other attacks conducted during the holy month, saying, “Our prayers are with the hundreds of innocent lives, many of them Muslim, taken during the month of Ramadan in places like Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Baghdad, and Medina,” despite no evidence that any of the Orlando victims were Muslim, although the shooter in Orland, Omar Mateen, was a Muslim.

Obama also repeated his longstanding claim that “Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding,” contrary to all historical evidence and the actual words of the Founders, who were at war with the faith from our earliest days.

In 1801, Thomas Jefferson was forced to send the Navy into battle with the “Barbary Pirates” near Tripoli after attacks on American merchant ships and sailors. The battles gave the lyric to the Marines’ Hymn, “From the shores of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…” Jefferson had studied the Quran and wrote that it commanded the “faithful to plunder and enslave non-Muslims.”

After Tripoli broke the negotiated peace treaty, John Adams wrote Jefferson that Mohammad was “a military fanatic” and that Islamic laws were “contemptible.”

Adam’s son, who also served as president, had a thoroughly modern understanding of Islam, writing that its essence is “violence and lust” and in a centuries-old rebuke to President Obama, “its efforts in the cause of Allah” are at odds with democracy, peace and the Judeo-Christian ethic on which America was founded.

So much for Islam being a part of the American Founding or the fabric of our national history.

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