No, Muslims Did Not Reach America Before Christopher Columbus

I have no beef with Muslims participating in an open-air prayer ceremony before the DNC. I’d have been just as happy to see a similar event before the RNC. Yes, this is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles, but in this country, we believe in the “free exercise” of religion. It’s one of our founding principles. Whether they’re Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims or pretty much every other faith except Satanists (screw those guys), most religious people are good folks who mean well.

That being said, there’s nothing praiseworthy about: spreading radicalism and ignorance.

The Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA) predicted that roughly 20,000 people would participate in its “Jumah at the DNC” open-air prayer ceremony Friday, but, according to reports, only a few hundred showed up.

….During his comments at the prayer service, BIMA spokesman Jibril Hough reportedly claimed that Muslims reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus.

He stated, according to the Washington Times: “Muslims visited America prior to Columbus…It was a Muslim who guided Columbus on his voyage to the new world.”

…The event’s leaders have come under fire by other Muslims for being radical and, in the words of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, wanting “to replace the US Constitution with the Quran.”

First off, if you believe that “Muslims visited America prior to Columbus…It was a Muslim who guided Columbus on his voyage to the new world,” then the school system has failed you and you need to retake history class before you spout off in front of other people. Additionally, if you believe the Constitution should be replaced with any religious tome, whether it’s the Bible or the Quran, you’re not a good American. So, theoretically this might have been a fine idea. But, when you combine that heaping helping of stupid with a lack of patriotism, there’s not much good to be said for the Jumah at the DNC.

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