CNN rewrites history to claim that Islam was part of America’s foundingIronically, the Muslims have got a much stronger claim to America than the Jews do, as there were considerably more of them present at the time of the American Revolution. The Jewish population of America is estimated at about 1,500 in 1790, which is considerably less than the conservative estimate 95,000 Muslims.
For CNN, the argument that Islam has “always” been present in the U.S. rests largely on the claim that a significant minority of black slaves were Muslim. On Saturday, CNN correspondent Dean Obeidallah claimed that “Islam has been here since the time of slavery, because ten to fifteen percent of the African slaves brought were Muslim. So Islam was here before the creation of the United States. It was actually part of the creation of the United States of America.” Bell’s interviewee raises the estimate, claiming that “during the slave trade, up to about 25 to 30% of the slaves came from areas where there were predominantly Muslim populations.”
From time to time, people have asked me why I so strongly criticize the ahistorical mythology of Judeo-Christian America; the main reason is because it is almost entirely false. That being said, this Islamo-Christian heritage nonsense is exactly the sort of consequence I expected if the previous revisionism wasn't dismissed for the false historical propaganda that it is.
After all, while both Jews and Muslims were present at America’s founding, both Judaism and Islam — as a coherent, self-conscious religious and political civilizations — were not.