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Mr. Obama, a man having no proper foundation of what America once was, could make these bizarre statements in his Cairo speech in June 2009 without questioning his teleprompter: “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

The assertion that Islam has always been a part of America’s story is laughable on its face. But then, what do the facts of early American history have to do with anything?

In the Cairo speech, Mr. Obama mentions one of his perceived responsibilities. I suggest that Mr. Obama get his responsibilities in order and first come to grips with the principles of history that produced the greatest freedom the world has ever seen.

Before speaking of religious freedom, it might be helpful to understand the American framework that provides for religious liberties. Otherwise, nothing can be prohibited so long as empty words of “religious freedom” are invoked.

Monte Kuligowski is a Virginia lawyer.