A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 83% of Americans know a little or nothing at all about the religious beliefs and practices of Muslims. Our president took the opportunity last week to mis-educate them.

In the course of a 48-minute speech, Barack Hussein Obama whitewashed Islam’s dark history, sugarcoated its violent texts and rewrote America’s founding as one embracing Islam — all to mainstream Islam and pander to Muslim voters ahead of the presidential election.

The media described Imam Obama’s sermon, delivered from the musallah of a Baltimore mosque with a long track record of preaching hate and supporting terrorism, as a “touching” tribute to tolerance. But in truth, the speech was a tissue of lies.

Obama mouthed no fewer than 20 flagrant falsehoods during his 5,000-word speech, including: “For more than 1,000 years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam — peace.”

In fact, Islam means “submission,” a very different matter. Submitting to Allah and obtaining submission from others, if necessary by force, is the great commission of Islam. Peace, or salam, is achieved when the world submits to Allah’s laws.

OBAMA: “Islam prohibits terrorism, for the Quran says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind.”

FACT: The Quranic verse the president quotes — 5:32 — actually condones killing those who “murder” Muslims, “wage war against Allah” or spread “mischief in the land.” Mischief is defined as “treason against Allah,” and the very next verse — 5:33 — calls for guilty infidels to be beheaded. Obama glosses over all of this in his edited version.

(It’s extremely telling that the president and other Islamic apologists can cite only one verse in the Quran to dispute the demonstrable fact that Islam is inherently violent. Even then, they have to dishonestly abridge that verse to disguise its underlying violent meaning.)

OBAMA: “Islam has always been a part of America . . . Jefferson and John Adams had their own copies of the Quran.”

FACT: Jefferson obtained an English translation of the Quran not because he was a fan of the religion, as Obama suggests, but because he was studying law and wanted to understand foreign laws including Islamic law. He later went on to publicly slam the religion as anti-science and anti-reason.

President Adams, for his part, studied the Muslim holy book to gain insights on the thinking of America’s first Islamic enemy in our out first war on terrorism — the Muslim pirates on the Barbary coast terrorizing American merchant ships. He learned that “it was written in their Quran that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners (and) it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found,” and that every Muslim slain in battle “was sure to go to Paradise.” (Sound familiar?)

His successor Jefferson sent the U.S. Marines to “the shore of Tripoli” to destroy the Islamic barbarians.

President John Quincy Adams, moreover, condemned the violent nature of Islam, noting “the precept of the Quran is perpetual war against all who deny that Mahomet is the prophet of God . . . The command to propagate the Muslim creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike by fraud or by force.”

OBAMA: “Benjamin Franklin wrote that ‘even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.’ “

FACT: Franklin was referring to a Philadelphia meeting hall being so secular in design it could accommodate any sect. Taking the quote out of context, Obama made it sound as if another founding father were eagerly embracing Islam.

OBAMA: “By the way, Thomas Jefferson’s opponents tried to stir things up by suggesting he was a Muslim — so I was not the first. No, it’s true, it’s true. Look it up. I’m in good company.”

FACT: Jefferson was accused of being an atheist, not a Muslim. Obama’s source is a Muslim apologist from the University of Texas who got the history wrong. She also claims Jefferson held the first “Iftar” dinner for Muslims in the White House, when in fact he merely hosted a Tunisian official for the sole purpose of negotiating the release of an American ship his Muslim pirates were holding captive.

So no, Mr. President, you decidedly are not in good company. Try as you may to revise American history, you remain the first and only Defender-in-Chief of Islam.

— Sperry, formerly IBD Washington bureau chief, is author of “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington.”


And some more: Know What Obama Said at the Mosque

If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media’s summary of them. When you do, you realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue.

The most recent example was his speech last week at a mosque in Baltimore. In addition to reassuring Muslim Americans that they are as American as Americans of every other faith — President Obama spoke a lot of nonsense, some of it dangerous.

President Obama: “So let’s start with this fact: For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam — peace.”

Why did Obama say this? Even Muslim websites acknowledge that “Islam” means “submission” [to Allah], that it comes from the Arabic root “aslama” meaning submission, and that “Islam” is in the command form of that verb.

That’s why “Muslim” means “One who submits,” not “One who is peaceful.”

Read it all.