Remember the Barbary Wars? Muslim pirates?
The Daily Caller, citing the College Fix, reported a class due to make its debut at the Ohio campus this spring is called “Islam in the United States.” Taught by Sabra Webber, the class will underscore and explain how Muslims have been in America since the beginning and have, in fact, played a big role in bringing about the freest society the world’s ever seen.
Truly, this is propaganda of epic proportions.
“Ohio State is very familiar with Somalia’s propensity for terrorism: Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the student who drove his car into a unsuspecting students before stabbing several with a butcher knife, was a refugee from Somalia.
“Prof. Webber, revealed in an email that the course could not open at a more opportune time.
“The ratcheting up throughout contemporary college students’ lives of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant (notably Mexico, Syria) public discourse has led them to seek a better understanding of the background in the U.S.,” Webber said.
“Webber is insistent that ‘Muslims have been part of American cultures for more than 500 years,’ according to The College Fix.
“’I start by sharing with the students something about the Muslims who came to the Americas at the beginning of the 1500s and those arriving in colonial America by the early 1600s because I have found that many assume the arrival of Muslims has been fairly recent,’ the professor said.
“And that’s just the beginning. Along the way, students are told that the Muslim Kingdom of Morocco was ‘the first country to recognize the independence of the United States’ in 1777 and that a treaty signed with Morocco a decade later ‘remains the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U. S. history.'”
Here’s a thought: Morocco was part and parcel of that whole Barbary pirates thing, involved in fighting the United States in the First Barbary War, 1801-1805.
The war, the first of two, basically pitted Muslim pirates from four North African nations, including Morocco, against the United States. The pirates used to terrorize ships traversing Mediterranean waters, seizing both vessels and sailors and holding the crews for ransom.
The United States fought against these rogue nations and refused to pay any ransoms or tributes.
From these struggles came a U.S.-Morocco treaty, forged in large part by Thomas Jefferson, that required Morocco to stop the piracy and protect and shield any and all American merchants who might otherwise be captured and enslaved by the other rogue nations.
This is the treaty to which the Ohio State professor refers.
And to that, here’s a response: Really? This is the bragging point of Morocco that’s being spun as a good thing?
Let the propaganda begin, right? Only in a far-leftist’s mind can a historical account of defeated Muslim pirates be skewed as a story of positive contributions to the American founding.
But wait, there’s more.
From the Daily Caller once again:
“The professor will also touch on the sensitive current issues such as the preponderance of Muslim extremists in world terrorism and and an examination of Sharia Law that many Muslims insist they should be subject to instead of regular U.S. law.”