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Bloomberg & Obama and Washington's Letter
New York City mayor Bloomberg compared Obama's recent speech endorsing the mega-mosque near Ground Zero to a letter President George Washington wrote in support of a Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island and to express his appreciation for their deepest pledges of loyalty to the new republic. In Washington’s letter to Rabbi Moses Seixas of the Touro synagogue in Newport, he wrote:
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”
The utter blindness of lending full support to not just tolerate but make special allowance for Muslims who are unmoved and unconcerned about the absolute intolerance and oppression of non-Muslims and the lack of fundamental rights for women, children, gays, and non-conformists throughout almost all of the Dar-al-Islam (Muslim majority countries), is the ultimate folly of our time.
Washington and other national leaders in Europe at that time were well aware that for many centuries their Jewish citizens had accepted unequivocally the rulings established by rabbinical authority that…dina d'malkhuta dina,—“the law of the kingdom (the state) is The Law.”
Simply put, that meant that national law always trumped any Jewish law, ritual or ruling that in any way contradicted it or was inconsistent with it. The precise opposite is the case with a majority of Muslims in the United States and elsewhere living as minorities in non-Muslim states who demand that Sharia law should nevertheless be permitted for them to follow even if that means adopting new and special state, city or local ordinances whether in matters of marriage, divorce, the raising of children, domestic violence, special holidays, exclusive facilities, and a host of special considerations allowing behavior that deviates from accepted norms.