In his message to Muslims on their holiday Eid al-Fitr, issued Sunday, Barack Obama asserted that "Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy." He did not, unfortunately, provide even a single example of these "many achievements and contributions" that Muslims have made to "building the very fabric of our nation," but he said that there were many, so they shouldn't be hard to list a few, right?
You remember a few of them, don't you? Remember the Muslim signers of the Declaration of Independence? With Yahya al-Hanqoq's large signature front and center, so that the infidel King George III could read it without his spectacles? And then there was Ibrahim Clark of New Jersey and El-Bridge Gerry of Massachusetts. Remember also the Muslims who gave James Madison information about Muhammad's Constitution of Medina – which, as we all know, granted equal rights to women and religious minorities, predating such documents in the West by 1,000 years. Madison, of course, used the Medina Constitution as a model when framing the U.S. Constitution.