Clear History: Liberty, Terror, and Sharia Law

Clear History: Past and Present, Sharia Law threatens Liberty

Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates

Month-Defining Moment

Defining Freedom of Religion

keyoldWe believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men …the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul. ~Doctrine and Covenants 134:4

“I don’t condemn Shariah law. If you want to pray five times a day because it’s Shariah law, you are practicing your religion. If you want me to pray five times a day, you are not practicing your religion. You have crossed the line and now what you are doing is unconstitutional, because you’re trying to impose the totalitarian edicts of your political movement on me. ‘Shariah-ism’ uses Shariah law to justify the complete control of others.” ~Joy Brighton, Sharia Law expert

Rush Limbaugh

CALLER:  I know how you feel about history, especially the founding of our nation, and I’ll apologize.  My daughter just got the first book for Christmas, and we’re starting to work through it, but I’d like to give a little bit of history from the founding of our nation that has very closely to do with the situation in France right now, but I’m not sure if it’s in any of the later books because we haven’t gotten that far yet.

RUSH:  No, we haven’t. No, you’re talking about Thomas Jefferson, the Barbary —


RUSH:  — pirates, we haven’t gotten —

CALLER:  — the Barbary pirates..

barbary2I’ll be trying to do a paraphrased version the best I can.  It’s hard to tell these stories on the radio, I understand, but people should know that in 1800 or 1801, the year Thomas Jefferson was sworn in as president, 20% of our federal income went towards paying bribes and extortion to the Barbary States which were the Muslim states of Tripoli and others.  He thought this was appalling.  It all started 15 years earlier in 1785 when Algerian pirates captured a bunch of our merchant ships, which were no longer being protected by the British for obvious reasons, we had separated, and then asked for $60,000. 

Jefferson argued in Congress this was a bad idea, but Congress decided that they would pay the ransom, and we continued paying the ransom to the four Muslim states for years.  In fact, in 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain and asked why they felt they could enslave American citizens and why the Muslims held such hostilities towards America.  And Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, which was the ambassador, responded with a quote, “Islam was founded on the laws of their prophet that was written in the Koran that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authorities were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners and every Muslim man — Muslim — who should be slain in battle was sure to go to paradise.”

RUSH:  Now, let me step in here for just a second, Joey.  For those of you who think that a kook has found his way on the EIB Network, disparage yourself of the thought because everything Joey is saying here is true, and there’s more, even.  I mean, you could make the case that after awhile Jefferson wanted nothing to do with any of this. He didn’t want to challenge them. His advice was to leave them alone and just ignore them. He didn’t want to take ’em on.  He wrote very critically of them, but he was shocked when he found out who they were, the Barbary pirates, Islam. He was very clear about it.  It’s something that’s never taught in American history.  It’s never brought up.

CALLER:  He was quite torn, as I understand, because he was quite a proponent of the freedom of religion at the founding of the country, but he was always perplexed about how far that should go once he had his first real interactions with Muslims, unfortunately. 

RUSH:  Well, his first interaction was with the Barbary pirates, which were a bunch of murderous kidnappers.

CALLER:  Yeah, and as he was named the minister of France, you know, and that was the same year —

RUSH:  Yeah, well that was about wine.  Everybody knows that’s about wine.

CALLER:  It was the same year that the Congress had sought to appease the Muslims. But when he was sworn in president, the Pasha of Tripoli demanded an immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year every year forthcoming, and Jefferson was the first president that let the Pasha know that was not gonna happen anymore, and they then tore down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States.

RUSH:  Right.  This is pretty much accurate.

barbaryvsAmericaCALLER:  Yeah, Jefferson sent in the Marines. We fought a four-year war which results in the “shores of Tripoli” being in the Marine hymn and because of the collars they wore over the back of their neck to keep those large, arch shaped swords from slicing their heads off as Muslims tend to go, they wore leather collars which is why Marines are called leather necks —

RUSH:  Now, now, now, now you’re getting dangerously close to what the New York Times is worried about here, and that — (laughing) — backlash against — (laughing).

CALLER:  I don’t want to affect your accuracy rating, so I recant that last story as possibly —

RUSH:  Yeah, that’s fine.

CALLER:  — something that people —

RUSH:  But no, for the most part, folks, it is actually, for me it was ’cause none of this, through all of my formal education, which admittedly was just through a semester of college and basically I didn’t even go to that, none of this was ever taught, very little of it, and so I learned all of this much, much later in life.  And it was fascinating to learn it.  If you Google “Jefferson Barbary pirates” that will probably get you everything you need to know. Maybe not everything, but that would be a good starter if you are interested in exploring this further.

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