What do you think of when you see this symbol? Do you see the beauty, power, and strong symbolism as I do? Do you wonder the true origin of its creation? Why are the most powerful, such as President Obama and Senator Ellis, desperately trying to change the true written history of the United States of America? Why did two Christian founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, own a Qu’ran (also spelled Koran in English)? What is the meaning of a dark and  mysterious statue sitting in the courtyard of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis? Why was this statue of ominous decapitated heads, an angel of mercy, a pillar with an American bald eagle resting, and a plaque commemorating a battle not found in most textbooks since the 20th Century moved  from the steps of the White House in Washington D.C. to the courtyard of the Naval Academy? 


On July 26, 2013, President Barack Hussein Obama made a speech at the beginning of Ramadan. In President Obama’s speech he stated (excerpt from President Obama’s Transcript),  “Throughout our history, Islam has contributed to the character of our country.”

“For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of reflection, a chance to demonstrate one’s devotion to God through prayer and through fasting. But it’s also a time for family and friends to come together — as we do tonight — in a spirit of love and respect, to renew our obligations to one another, as well as to renew our commitment to our neighbors and helping the most needy among us. For as the Koran teaches, whoever does an atom’s weight of good, will see its results,”

He went on to state the ties to President Thomas Jefferson and President John Adams. Why the ties to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams? Why was this important to him? 


Again, on August 10, 2013, at a dinner for” iftar” or the last day of Ramadan, Obama made another speech Praising Muslim contributions. This is a tradition started by President Bill Clinton and continued through President George W. Bush, making President Obama to be the third president to incorporate the United Arab Emirate and this year Hamas, a terrorist organization. In his speech he declares (excerpt from Huffington Post transcript):

“As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia — perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress — the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story.”

Again why the note of President Thomas Jefferson? Again is this an attempt to rewrite history? We begin to wonder where we have heard this before. 

In 2012, when the controversy of the burning of the Qu’rans in Afghanistan occurred, Professor  Akbar Ahmed stated, “John Adams (relating to the second president of the United States) showed the utmost respect for Islam, naming the Prophet Mohammed as one of the greatest truth seekers in history.” Again a reference to one of the two presidents. Why are we trying to rewrite history? But yet this is not the first statement of such an obvious revision of history.

In 2007, we swore in our first Muslim representative to the United States Congress, Representative Keith Ellison ( Then an over-joyous Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was more then happy to swear in Congressman Kieth Ellison (D-MN) on Thomas Jefferson’s Qu’ran. 


During his Inauguration speech, Representative Ellis stated (

“(The Qu’ran is) Definitely an important  document in our national history and demonstrates that Jefferson was a broad visionary thinker…It would have been something that contributed to his own thinking.” (Keith Ellison 1/5/07)

Oh if Representative Ellison had done his research he would have known just how close his statement was to the truth, but he wouldn’t have liked it. 

You see in order to see through the cloud of lies, we have to go back to the beginning of US History. We have been at war with radical Islam since the beginning of the United States. The US Marine Corp was founded on this war. The Marine Corp Anthem is a deceleration of this war. The statue in Annapolis at the Naval Academy, that sat in front of the White House, commemorates this war. 

When the United States was founded, our Military Frigates and our commerce ships were being attacked by pirates, but not your ordinary pirates. These were known as the Barbary Pirates named after the Barbary Coast of Africa with ties to Turkey and the coast of Saudi Arabia. These forces not only sank our ships but took the crew as slaves to the pirate leaders. The Captains of the ships were ransomed to the United States. Then President George Washington then signed off on a tax system across the young country. It seemed to him ironic that a country founded on rebellion from unnecessary taxes was having to authorize taxing the States.  By 1783, six percent of the United States budget was paid out to these Barbary forces. Literally thousands of vessels were taken, and more than a million Europeans and Americans sold into slavery

In 1783, President Washington sent an envoy to meet with Barbary Corsairs consisting of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. When meeting with their ambassador, they were told about this new religion, Islam that dominated the belief system of the Barbary Corsairs. Thomas Jefferson ordered a copy to study the religion of this ambassador in an attempt to know his adversary.  This was the first English translation of this document and has become known as “Jefferson’s Qu’ran”, yes the same one that Representative Ellis swore on. He studied it while he was there and noted in his personal notes “The Quran repeats and plagiarizes many passages of the New Testament, including some of the most fantastic and mythical ones.” He was disturbed by this, but continued to negotiate with his fellow delegates. He asked the delegate flat out by what right did they have to attack American Ships proceeding through the strait of Gibraltar. At the end of his negotiations he reported to then Secretary of State John Jay and to the delegation floor of Congress:

“The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”(Library of Congress)

Benjamin Franklin also came home from his meeting and stated, “Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book [the Quran] forbidden, since it is well known from it, that God has given the World, and all that it contains, to his faithful Mussulmen, who are to enjoy it of Right as fast as they conquer it.”(Franklin Gazette) 

In hopes of appeasement, the United States Congress voted to send “the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion, as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen.” The Ambassador agreed under the condition that the United States government pay the Jizya (tax for anyone non-Muslim according to the Qu’ran). In essence, to stop the violence and captivity of United States vessels, the government agreed to be black mailed.  By this time the amount paid out of the Federal Budget to this black mail service increased to over ten percent of the United States Annual Budget. 

During the John Adams (second President of the United States) Presidency, the United States citizens started to rebel against these taxes that they felt unnecessarily burdened by.  President Adams felt that this could lead to a war on the Barbary Coast. He began to sign federal laws from Congress authorizing the first commission to build a Naval fleet. During production the wood required was coming in too slow for his comfort. He began some imports of wood from South America. (This and the Spanish Conquistador involvement,which we just purchased land from as a young nation,  leads to the reference that every Marine sings with pride, “From the Halls of Montezuma…”) His naval fleet grew; however, he continued to be worried about a direct frontal assault on these blackmailing Musselman. He stated as the first Navy was being built, “If we go into the strait (of Gibraltar) with this fleet and we attack the Musselmen head on, we will continue to be fighting forever.” (Presidential record archives). At this time the Muslim representatives sensing the United States was weak and would not attack them increased the amount to be paid to them by the United States for “protection”. This resulted in an increase in taxes to the people and an increase of Twenty-Five of the United States Federal Budget. 

After leaving the US Presidency and retiring from politics, John Adams commissioned the first print of the Qu’ran inside the United States. This may be seen as some as flattery to a religion that was blackmailing the United States; however, one needs to only flip a few pages in the preamble written and quoted by John Adams himself. In the first print that was not finished translating until 1806, the preamble states:

“This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented; sometimes he introduceth God, who speaketh to him, and teacheth him his law, then an angel, among the prophets, and frequently maketh God to speak in the plural. … Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible …”

Also during the tenure of President Thomas Jefferson, the United States seemed poised for Civil War (not to be fought for some years later). The taxes imposed on them that were being paid out to blackmail were becoming a  powder keg threatening to tear apart the fragile republic. Jefferson decided to make a bold move that his predecessor refused to. He demanded under the Constitution to the United States, that as commander in chief, to the United States Congress that they were to stop paying the bribe money to the Musslemen.  He then asked congress to scale back to twenty five percent of the Federal Budget to instead go to the founding of a United States Navy with a full complement of marine foot soldiers (the founding of the United States Marines). He not only increased the amount of Army Soldiers on US soil, but emboldened and increased the amount of ships of the US Navy started by none other then John Adams. He launched that fleet with a cry of “God Speed” strait at the heart of the Barbary Corsairs. This became not only the rallying cry of the United States Navy, but began the first land and sea battles on a full campaign of the new United States that became known as the First Barbary Wars. 

In 1804, a detachment of US Marines was given to the Consul to Tunis, a young lad named William Eaton (Battle of Derne, Naval Archieves) . On March 6, 1805 he began his march with hand to hand and musket combat across the Barbary coast, quelling rebellions. A group of 200 to 300 Muslim “guides” and mercenaries were hired to take them across the desert. Eaton became concerned about the relationship between the Christian Marines under his command and the Muslim mercenaries that were only guiding them for money and supplies.  Sure enough the Muslims, under the command of Sheik el Tahib, had several mutiny attempts leading to a full riot by March 18, 1805. By April 8, 1805, Eaton had not only made it half way across the desert, but also had put a stop to the Muslim riots against the Christian Marines. By May 13th the young Eaton faced off with a Muslim leader named Hammet who had taken up residence in the city of Derne. The Americans, through both Naval bombardment and Marine foot soldiers captured the city, which became an American controlled base. Eaton had planed to launch a joint Naval and Marine assault on the Muslim forces clean into the heart of Tripoli. Eaton, however, was called back to Egypt with the captured envoy Hammet. 

This did not keep the military from completing Eaton’s plan. They marched on with a new commander and fought through the sand, with the support of Naval bombardment from the city of Derne to the Heart of Tripoli. The battle fought there was so gruesome and hard pressed that an artist tried to capture the fight in a painting: 



Yet the Americans and the newly formed Navy came away victorious and ended the First Barbary War. The remaining Muslim forces were scattered across the coast of Africa and their resources were thought to be decimated. The prisoners were sentenced to death, and by their request, was carried by means of beheading. 

Upon his return to America and at the home of Eaton in Virginia, on December 8, 1805, Eaton was approached by Hammet. Hammet then knelt to Eaton and presented him a sword of honor patterned on the Mameluke design as a gesture of honor, respect, and praise to the Marine forces. This sword led to the adoption of the sword carried by Marine officers to this very day. 

In 1806, Jefferson invited the envoy to the White House to negotiate a peace treaty to end the destruction of ships and to call an end to the assault on the coast. He and Congress also commissioned a statue to commemorate the battle and victory on the shores of Tripoli (thus the second half of the first stanza of the Marine Corp Anthem) to be placed on the White House lawn. This issued a few years of peace. This statue is the same one that now sits at the US Naval Academy. 

That peace and trade through the straits of Gibraltar lasted until war erupted in the United States that began the War of 1812. The radical Islamic pirates began attacking again sensing the US was weak, but President Madison refused to drag the United States into a war on two fronts. He then launched the Second Barbary War in 1816, but that is a story for another day.

Still it begs for a question to be raised. Was this not only the birth of the Marine Corp, but the birth of a 200 year war against radical Islam? That question is for you to decide now that you know the true history of the Marines and the Marine Corp Anthem. 




One comment

  1. John M. Mowrey · · Reply

    Glad I read this, I was born on Parris Island.

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