Muslims discovered America three centuries before Christopher Columbus did.
No, it’s not someone’s idea of a joke, nor is it something we just made up. These are the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spoken in front of a summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America.
"Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," Erdogan said. "Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast."
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Of course, he just didn’t make it up. Despite all his controversial acts and statements, he had research backing the statement.
There actually is a school of thought, As-Sunnah Foundation of America to be exact, which promotes the same story and bases their beliefs on archaeological and documentary evidence of Muslims in pre-Columbian America.
Turkish PM Erdogan is not the only one to claim that Muslims discovered America before Columbus. Mo Ansar said it 1st pic.twitter.com/Wnm0tz9KRE— GodHatesFAQs (F.J.) (@MrPolyatheist) November 17, 2014
In words of the famous Steven Cook, “What a Turkey!”
He aptly described the Turkish ruler as someone “having an over-inflated sense of self that comes with being a world leader.”
However, this goes even beyond Erdogan‘s recent right-wing dictatorial tilt. Banning everything from Twitter to red nail color and even Game of Thrones and putting restrictions on even the most basic of freedoms is nothing new for him. But citing such controversial history-altering facts – in fact gloating about them – is a step further.
His dictator-style rule and Islamist policies brought thousands of Turks to the streets last year, leading to mass protests.
But in his own head, he was right in curbing all the evils, especially social media and claimed that he was not a tyrant and that social media was the biggest menace to the society. And of course, anyone who stands against him is a terrorist.
Naturally, none of it stops him from lavishing millions on a palace fit for a modern day sultan.