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President Obama's Proclamation: Displacing the Jews

By Ken Blackwell · Jan. 17, 2013

President Obama's Religious Freedom Day Proclamation displaces the Jews. He describes America as a nation of “Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, Sikhs and non-believers.” This may be politically correct, but it is historically inaccurate. In terms of numbers, the Jews in America have always exceeded the Muslims. In terms of their influence on American ideals, Jews have been foundational from the start.

Jews have lived among us from the time they first arrived on these shores. A small Jewish community came to New Amsterdam (New York) in 1654, then under Dutch rule. There has never been a time in American life as an independent nation when Jews have not been a part of our people.

President Obama's single-minded determination to place Muslims ahead of Jews is having a deleterious effect on our foreign policy, too. He supports the so-called Two-State Solution for Arab-Israeli peace in the Mideast. This idea would ban Jews from Judea and Samaria, the heart of the historic Jewish homeland. The Palestinians make no secret of their demand for a region on the West Bank of the Jordan River that would be free of Jews. In Europe, this was called a Judenrein.

Yet, President Barack Obama continues to tax us to fund the notoriously corrupt “Palestinian Authority,” an offshoot of the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). These PLO operatives danced in the streets when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11.

Mr. Obama also gives billions of our tax dollars to Mohamed Morsi, who was installed as president of Egypt. Morsi seeks the release of the Blind Sheikh, Abdel Rahman, a convicted terrorist who is serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison for his role in the first attack on the World Trade Center. That 1993 strike left seven Americans dead.

When President Obama went to Egypt in 2009, he lauded the Muslim role in American history. He boasted that Rep. Keith Ellison had taken the oath of office on Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran.

The president conveniently neglected to mention why it was that Mr. Jefferson had a copy of the Koran. As a U.S. American diplomat in Paris in the 1780s, Jefferson appealed to an Arab envoy to stop seizing American ships and demanding ransom for their enslaved merchant sailors. The Arab diplomat told Jefferson it was the will of Allah, as expressed in the Koran, that “infidels” (Christians and Jews) should be kidnapped and put to forced labor. Incredulous, Jefferson bought a copy of the Koran to see if that could possibly be true. He was astonished to learn that it was true.

For the next twenty years, Thomas Jefferson resolved to use force and not to pay kidnappers. Some of Jefferson 's colleagues favored paying them off. They thought it would be cheaper.

Jefferson believed our national independence and honor were at stake. And by 1800, paying ransom was no longer cheap. Fully one-fifth of the U.S. budget was going to pay off the Barbary Pirates of North Africa.

When Jefferson became president in 1801, he put an end to paying tribute and offering ransom. He fought a short, sharp, successful war against the Barbary Pirates, even sending the U.S. Marines “to the shores of Tripoli.”

Jefferson, along with Benjamin Franklin, identified strongly with the Jews' fight for freedom. Both Franklin and Jefferson proposed making Moses leading the Children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt the official seal of the United States.

It is all this history that President Obama ignores when he displaces the Jews, when he mischaracterizes our country. He is trying to “fundamentally transform” America. It is a dangerous course.

We should welcome any step toward genuine religious freedom in Muslim majority lands. No one wants to fight a Holy War against the world's Muslims. But we should not delude ourselves. There is not today a single Muslim majority land where religious freedom exists. There is not one where the rights of religious minorities have been protected – as they have been in America.

For President Obama to displace the Jews in his description of our country risks losing the very religious freedom we celebrate. He may be leading us all back into “Egyptian” bondage. What a terrible precedent on Religious Freedom Day.


Lori in Israel said:

Thank you for your amazing article.. very well articulated!! Very scary times that we live in!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:16 AM

ruthie alexander in abu dhabi, uae said:

i agree with everything until the comment about " not one where the rights of religious minorities have been protected -- as they have been in America". i live in the UAE (united arab emirates)..not only are rights of religious minorities protected, but we have had some Sheikhs (Muslims) visit churches to hand out checks to help with building and renovation funds!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Ruthie, I applaud the UAE for their religious tolerance but where else in the Moslem countries will you find that? Certainly not in Saudia Arabia or now Egypt. Iran calls for the destruction of Israel and funds Hezbollah and Hamas who have also sworn to destroy Israel. No bibles are allowed in Saudia Arabia. So much for religious tolerance throughout the Moslem world.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Jayve in ABQ, NM replied:

Well, I guess you can try and relay that information to the Egyptian muslims who continue to terrorize, displace and murder the coptic christians living there....

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

JAC in Texas said:

Regarding your discussion of Jews in American history, there is a body of evidence, not fully researched or confirmed, the Christopher Columbus was a Jew who outwardly converted to Christianity to avoid the Inquisition.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

JAC, I did several projects in Puerto Rico, I am an engineer. For practical reasons you have to do work through a local firm. I got to know the principals of the firms and went to dinner with them many times. Many had ancestors that were sent to the Island during the inquisition and converted to Christianity, they had no choice.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

JAC in Texas replied:

Exactly--my point was that although it hasn't been proven, the so-called discoverer of America was also a Jew. Fake conversions to Christianity to avoid the Inquisition by other Jews are already a known fact.

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Elias Abensur in Manaus said:

Silly discussion!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Faith Schames in Los Angeles said:

Excellent piece ! Well written and very thoughtful...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Remy Ilona in Abuja, Nigeria said:

Demographics don't favor Jews presently. While not saying that President Obama was right we can still understand why a bigger group could be more readily deferred to, than a smaller group. There is a reservoir of Jews waiting to be opened, so that Jewish numbers will grow. Jewish leaders only have to be courageous to face the facts. The link leads to the story of at least 40 million descendants of Jews-

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Deborah in California said:

Reagan & Bitburg; Weinberger & Pollard; James Baker & "*!@# the Jews"
And now finally a piece about a real scandal - Obama and a comma.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 1:24 AM