On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”Actually, Muslims have done nothing to build the fabric of our society. Our society was constructed on the principles of human equality, free speech, religious liberty, and toleration of differences, all of which derive from our Judeo-Christian heritage. Muslims adhere to none of these principles. They are perhaps the most anti-democratic demographic in the country. To thank them for their contribution to building our society's fabric is ludicrous.
The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. The Obamas said in their statement that Eid “celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity” and “welcomed their commitment to giving back to their communities.”
I once asked a Muslim cleric what would happen to the Bill of Rights if Muslims ever gained political control of our country. He told me unequivocally that the Bill of Rights was incompatible with Islam and left me to supply the implied inference.
I understand the Obamas' desire to offer Muslims their best wishes as they celebrate their holiday, but I think they should get the facts right. There's nothing to be gained by pretending that what's false is really true.