What can explain Barack Obama’s sycophantic attitude toward the Muslim world?  In his recent Cairo speech, the president said: “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s history.”  Really?  Since when?  As a fairly well-informed student of American history I cannot recall any significant contribution of Muslims to America’s history, other than, of course, our recent history of terrorism. Why would a president who knows full well his words will be heard by Americans whose only ties to the Muslim world other than over-priced gasoline consist of terrorist attacks such as 9-11, Boston, Khobar Towers, and the U.S.S. Cole?

Perhaps the president is trying to reach out to so-called “moderate Muslims.”  I keep hearing about moderate Muslims but I am beginning to wonder if there really is such a thing. If there are really moderate Muslims, where were they when our embassy in Libya was attacked by Islamist fanatics?  Where were they when participants and spectators—including a child who was killed—were bombed during the Boston Marathon? Where were they when the Twin Towers were obliterated on 9-11? Where is their outrage over the atrocities and brutality of their more fanatical brethren?

Their silence in all of these situations shows where so-called moderate Muslims truly stand. I will believe in the concept of moderate Muslims when those who claim this status come together and speak out loudly, uniformly, and consistently against Islamist terrorism and the abuses of Sharia Law.  Frankly, for now I am convinced that any time Islamist terrorists are able to penetrate our defenses and do harm to American citizens so-called moderate Muslims go behind closed doors and rejoice.

Silence in the face of evil is not an acceptable response.  Dr. Martin Luther King made this point during some of the darkest days of the struggle for Civil Rights when he said (paraphrased): It is not the anonymous bigot hiding under a sheet that we have to worry about.  It is the good man who knows we are right and yet remains silent.  The same could be said for so-called moderate Muslims.  If they are indeed good people, they know that the violence and brutality perpetrated worldwide in the name of Allah is wrong.  Knowing this they have no excuse for remaining silent.  To remain silent in the face of evil is to approve of evil.

Back to Barack Obama’s claim that Muslims have played a significant role in America’s history.  A few questions for our ill-informed president: Which of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock was a Muslim? Which of the Founders who signed the Declaration of Independence was a Muslim?  Which signature on the Constitution belongs to a Muslim?  Which author of the Bill of Rights was a Muslim?  How many of George Washington’s troops during our War of Independence were Muslims?

Barack Obama claims to be well informed concerning America’s Civil Rights Movement.  Perhaps a few questions from that part of our nation’s history are in order.  How many Muslims sat with Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat on that bus in Montgomery? How many Muslims marched with Dr. King in Selma? How many Muslims were attacked by Bull Connors’ police dogs in Birmingham?  An interesting aside to all of these questions about the Civil Rights era is that it was Jews not Muslims who came to the aid of black Americans and suffered side-by-side with them.  Here is another history lesson for our president.  During World War II, the Muslim Grand Mufti met personally with Nazi leader Adolph Hitler and conspired with the Nazis to murder of Jews.  Perhaps they did not cover American history at Harvard Law School.