Hamas-linked CAIR refuses to explain its claim that Muslims discovered America This is a consistent pattern: Islamic supremacist spokesmen in the U.S. regularly make unsupported claims and then refuse to back them up. The most egregious example of this is the regularly-repeated Big Lie that counter-jihadists quote the Qur'an out of context, ignore or deny its peaceful passages, and generally misrepresent Islamic teaching -- the element that is lacking every time such claims are made is an interpretation of the Qur'an's violent passages, and an explanation of their "context," that renders them benign. An update on this story. "CAIR chief claims Muslims discovered America first," by Neil Munro in the Daily Caller, January 4: Muslims discovered the Americas long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, the head of a D.C.-based jihad-linked Islamic lobbying group told a Saudi TV station Dec. 27. There are historical accounts according to which the Muslims preceded Columbus, who is said to have discovered the U.S., claimed Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Some documents and accounts indicate that Muslim seafarers were the first to reach the U.S., [so] the bottom line is that Islam played a part in the establishment and development of the U.S., Awad told the Saudi interviewer, in an interview in a New York studio.