In the 21st century, Islam is an American faith tradition of terror, hate, violence and mass murder. But beyond that, the Mother Mosque of America, once known as The Rose of Fraternity Lodge and also known as Moslem Temple, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the longest-standing mosque in North America. Built in 1934, it is the second oldest after the mosque built in tiny Ross, North Dakota, which was built in 1929.
So in America, Islam goes back not to the beginning of the Republic, but to the 20th century.
And so when the Nation announces that “No Matter Who the President Is, Islam Is an American Faith Tradition,” and that “when they stoke fear of Muslims, Trump and his aides disparage a deeply-rooted religious community,” it is important to keep in mind that what that religious community actually built was a police state inside this country. This country was established in 1776, not 1929.
“No Matter Who the President Is, Islam Is an American Faith Tradition: When they stoke fear of Muslims, Trump and his aides disparage a deeply-rooted religious community that has nurtured, cherished and built this country,” by John Nichols, The Nation, November 25, 2016 (thanks to Cliff):
Out in northwest North Dakota, where the winds hit heavy on the borderline, rural Mountrail County backed Donald Trump, as did all but two of North Dakota’s 53 counties. And the city of Ross, population 97, voted a bit more heavily for Trump than the rest of the county and the rest of the state.
That’s notable because of the place Ross holds in the history of Islam in America.
Its short, bloody history in America.
It was in this farm town that in 1929 the first mosque purposely constructed as such in the United States was established. The Muslim immigrants who settled around Ross to farm in the early years of the 20th century would eventually be buried nearby. Their children and grandchildren have for the most part moved on. But the mosque, now reconstructed and sitting peacefully along a country road, can be found just beyond a simple fence featuring a star and crescent.
Before Donald Trump was born, mosques were being built in rural North Dakota and Iowa. Islam is an American religion.
Islamic law is anathema to American law.
I doubt that Donald Trump knows there is a Ross, North Dakota, let alone that Muslim immigrants constructed a mosque there before he was born. I doubt that his aides know that Muslims were living and worshiping in the United States before the founders drafted a Constitution that guarded against religious tests and then added an amendment designed to preserve freedom of religion in a country where Thomas Jefferson believed that a mantle of protection should extend to “the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.”…
“Infidel of every denomination.” That seems to be a direct repudiation of the creed apartheid, gender apartheid and institutional hatred that Islam harbors for the infidel (non-Muslim).
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