The Not So Politically Correct John Adams (on Islam)

Tuesday is for Thinking

JohnQuincyAdams777This post falls into the categories of “Hmmm”  and  “Very interesting.”

One of the founders of the nation, whom one biographer calls, “the last founder of the nation” gives his experienced and learned comments on Islam as he knew it in his day.

It might be an interesting discussion question to ask, “is Islam any different today as we look out on the world?” Certainly, Islam seems less unified today than perhaps it was in Adams’ day, but is it essentially different? I have my doubts.

John Quincy Adams on Islam:

In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, [ Editor’s Note: Mohammed] combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust, by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion.

He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE [capitals in original].

Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extinction of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men. The hand of Ishmael will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. It is, indeed, amongst the mysterious dealings of God, that this delusion should have been suffered for so many ages, and during so many generations of human kind, to prevail over the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus…

The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.

(Capitals in original)

—John Quincy Adams, “Christianity—Islamism.” “Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War, and on Greece,” originally published in The American Annual Register for 1827–1829 (New York, 1830).

It is sometimes refreshing and honest to be politically incorrect.

3 thoughts on “The Not So Politically Correct John Adams (on Islam)

  1. Adams was correct. When the ‘rose colored glasses’ of political correctness is removed, we discover that Islam is anything except a peaceful religion.

    The ONLY peaceful Muslims are those who do not follow the teachings of the Quran and/or Hadiths, and most of them are found in the West. Thanks for a great post, brother!


  2. Sound doctrine is teaching found in “the gospel” alone as strictly defined by “the glorious and blessed God” irrespective of political correctness by human consensus. (1 Tim. 1:10).


  3. Jefferson dealt with the Barbary Wars between 1800 and 1815. Muslim pirates captured ships in the North Atlantic and in the Mediterranean Sea. The cargoes were stolen and the shipmates tortured and held for ransom along with the ships. The governments behind the pirates met with representatives from the fledgling United States. The US representatives were told with a smile that this is what they did. It was legal for them to do so. Their Muslim religion commanded that they do this. The US quickly built a navy with Marines as the Navy fighting force. Their goal was to seek out and utterly destroy all pirates and pirate ships after commandeering their cargo. No mercy. When America fought back the wars were very brief. Pirate ships disappeared from the high seas. Marines became known as leather necks for the high leather neck collars they wore during these wars to prevent their heads from being lopped off by those crazy looking curved scimitars (swords) used by the Muslim pirates.


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