Nearly correct – “Muslims built the fabric of our nation”

Obama keeps making that remark. What fabric is he talking about?

Jack Engelhard

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Mr. Obama says this frequently – “Muslims built the very fabric of our nation.” He made the remark again just the other day.

That may well be true, but in the future, not the past or the present. Obviously he is thinking ahead.

Many of us share the hope and the promise when all this animosity will end and in the words of Micah:

“Each of us will sit under our vine and fig tree, and none shall make us afraid.”

Amen to that, but so far it’s been the Christians and the Jews who have made America exceptional and great. That’s why we’re called a Judeo/Christian nation. So a good word from the President as to that would be most welcome. The Christian contribution is well documented in all the books.

The Jewish contribution to our culture and to Western Civilization could also use a kindly reminder. Jews make up 0.2 percent of the world’s population; Muslims 23 percent. But we are still waiting for the first Muslim Einstein, today’s Jonas Salk or the next George and Ira Gershwin.

Jews lit up Broadway.

Names like Rodgers and Hart and Hammerstein and Neil Simon and Leonard Bernstein and George S. Kaufman tell only part of the story.

We await our Muslim neighbors to chip in.

Jews account for nearly 30 percent of all Nobel Prizes. They’ve won 193, largely in the sciences. 

Muslims have won 7 Nobel Prizes. Perhaps more time in the lab and less time on anti-Jewish harassment like BDS would make up the slack.
Muslims have won 7 Nobel Prizes. Perhaps more time in the lab and less time on anti-Jewish harassment like BDS would make up the slack.

We await the next Muslim Rickover. Hyman (Chaim) Rickover is recognized as “The Father of the Nuclear Navy.”

We anticipate the next Muslim Sarnoff. David Sarnoff pioneered American radio and television. He is known as “The Father of Broadcasting.”

Jews pioneered Hollywood. They built it from scratch, from the ground up. Neal Gabler tells it well in his book, “The Jews Who Invented Hollywood.” These include Adolf Zucker (Paramount), Carl Laemmle (Universal), William Fox (Fox Pictures), Louis B. Mayer (MGM), Harry and Jack Warner (Warner Bros.), and Harry Cohn, Columbia.

It takes a genius to know that he is not a genius, and that’s where these men excelled. They knew not how to act or how to direct.

But they knew how to pick the right people. That’s genius.

Soon, we trust, our Muslim friends will rise and shine as well.

Throughout the land there are Muslim clinics, but no Muslim hospitals. Jewish hospitals number nearly 100, serving all.

Irving Berlin, who came over from Russia as Israel Isidore Baline, wrote “White Christmas,” the bestselling single of all-time, sung by Bing Crosby.

Berlin wrote some 1,500 songs, many of them runaway hits. Walter Cronkite cited him as the man “who wrote the story of this country, capturing the best of who we are and the dreams that shape our lives.” Thus from Irving Berlin we have our nation’s second national anthem – “God Bless America.”

Rabbi Abraham Heschel linked arms and marched with Martin Luther King. We see no imams in the picture – nor as yet in the big picture of America.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international classic “Indecent Proposal” now followed by the prophetic newsroom thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: