It’s bad enough to have the Muslim apologist in chief in the White House issuing proclamations thanking Muslims for their “achievements and contributions … to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy” while insisting that “we are no longer a Christian nation.”
We’ve learned to expect warped history from our deluded president, sadly.
But the champions of Islamist historical revisionism don’t stop there. Just as the militaristic goal of Islam is to conquer America itself, the goal of the more scholarly Islamists is to completely conquer American history.
Toward that end, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier today trotted out a favorite Muslim theory, that Muslims discovered America centuries before Columbus.
Erdogan, as other Muslim leaders and scholars have done, has pointed to Columbus himself as a witness to the “truth” of a Muslim presence in America.
The claim goes that in his journal, Columbus reported a mosque on top of a hill in Cuba. “Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” Erdogan said in his televised speech to a summit of Muslim leaders from South America.
The cited source of this bit of nonsense is actually a passage written by Columbus on Monday, October 29, 1492, while sailing near the mouth of a beautiful river, which he described as flowing from between two mountains. He described one of the mountains as having on its summit another little hill “like a graceful mosque.”
Combine that report of a natural feature with a vague report by the 10th-century Muslim historian al-Masudi of a sailor named Khoshkhash who sailed onto the “Sea of Darkness” (the Atlantic, beyond the Pillars of Hercules) and eventually returned laden with bounty.
There you have the entire basis of the Muslim claim to have discovered America. No archaeological evidence of a pre-Columbian Muslim presence has ever been found.
Not that they would have been alone if a Muslim sailor had ever set foot in the Americas. Modern scholarship suggests a lot of people from many different lands found their way here long before Columbus. Many Native American tribes even have legends about white people who were here before them, though the stories usually specify that these whites were honorable and not like other whites.
But the contribution of Columbus to history has never been about being the first to plant a flag. Rather, his discoveries did something no one else did, opening the way for further exploration and eventual colonization. The Europeans of Columbus’ time knew the world was round, but Columbus was the first to begin closing the vast circle of the world, preparing the way for Magellan and ultimately the global culture we have today.
If Muslims really want their mention in American history books, they should tell the truth and lay claim to their actual contribution to the Age of Discovery: the sacking of Byzantium and piracy of the trade routes between Europe and the Silk Road.
By murdering, raping and pillaging Christian lands, the Muslims successfully cut off the primary access route between Europe and Asia. This prompted Europeans to begin looking for sea routes around the horn of Africa. Eventually, along came Columbus with his notion that it might be easier to sail west to Asia.
He never made it to Asia, but his journeys nonetheless changed everything.
So thank the Muslims for giving the Europeans the kick in the pants they needed to begin exploring the world, but don’t let them rewrite our history.