As Thanksgiving Approaches, President of ‘Turkey’ Says Muslims Discovered America

Ah, the irony of the President of Turkey making the claim – on the eve of Thanksgiving – that it was Muslims who discovered America, not Columbus, doesn’t get more palpable… or juicy. Turkey’s Muslim fundamentalist and Hitler-loving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making that very claim.

Erdogan (Turkey)

Erdogan (Turkey)

According to the AFP:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

“Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” the conservative president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America.

“Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan said that Ankara was even prepared to build a mosque at the site mentioned by the Genoese explorer.

“I would like to talk about it to my Cuban brothers. A mosque would go perfectly on the hill today,” the Turkish leader said.

History books say that Columbus set foot on the American continent in 1492 as he was seeking a new maritime route to India.

A tiny minority of Muslim scholars have recently suggested a prior Muslim presence in the Americas, although no pre-Columbian ruin of an Islamic structure has ever been found.

Have you noticed a recurring theme among Muslims? Despite artifacts and documented history when it comes to Israel, for example, they claim Islam was first. Same thing here. The west has history books, documentation, and artifacts that prove the story of Columbus.

Erdogan’s got… nothing.

The real evidence of when Muslims discovered America dates back to the 1950’s, when the Muslim World League (MWL) helped finance stealth Muslim Brotherhood front groups like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Giving them the benefit of the doubt and saying their presence in the U.S. began in 1950, that would be 458 years after Columbus.

Speaking of Israel, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said this week that Jerusalem – Israel’s capital – needed to be defended… against Jews, as reported.

These two rhetorical bombs from Turkey’s President and Prime Minister respectively should not be viewed in isolation.

Once again, Turkey shows it has no business being a NATO ally. Comments like those from Erdogan are irresponsible and should be denounced loudly and roundly by America’s leaders.

Instead people like House Speaker John Boehner welcomes a radical Imam to the House floor and allows him to deliver a Muslim prayer. It should be noted that this Imam and Erdogan have a similar neo-Ottoman goal:


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