When discussing the issues surrounding the conflicts between Islam and Western cultures, is must be kept in mind that Islam is a religion, ideology, and political philosophy.
It is obviously not a race.
It is a set of beliefs that an individual may choose to accept or reject regardless of that person’s ethnic background.
Hence, while there may be racist attitudes toward ethnic groups, rejection of Islam is no more a racist act than is the rejection of Christianity, atheism, or socialism.
Islamic beliefs create conflicts in the United States not because most of its adherents are from Middle-Eastern countries, but because the social and political imperatives Islam seeks to impose on host countries is utterly incompatible with our way of life, culture, and Constitution.
This is not a new problem, but in fact one that our sixth president, John Quincy Adams understood very well, and on which he spoke eloquently and forcefully.
“The son of famous American Founder John Adams, John Quincy Adams was an adamant opponent of slavery in the United States.
In fact, he even argued the case for the slaves who rebelled aboard the Amistad slave ship when the Supreme Court took up the issue.”
Here’s a man who was ready to take a moral stand against the prevalent and abhorrent practice of slavery.
However, his position opposing slavery did cause him to clash with one particular group: the Islamic slave traders in Africa.
The slaves who came to America were purchased in Islamic slave markets in Africa. Naturally, Adams was not silent on this issue.
“‘The natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran…’
Contrast that with what he had to say about Christianity:
“‘The fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart. It forbids the exercise of it, even towards enemies. […]'”
Here is his devastating indictment of Islam:
“In the 7th century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab … spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth.
He declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as a part of his religion.
The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust, to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.”
["John Quincy Adams: A Bibliography,” compiled by Lynn H. Parsons (Westport, CT, 1993, p. 41, entry#194)]
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Note that his opposition to Islam was largely informed by his hatred of slavery and the slave trade which Muslims in Africa facilitated and from which they earned their wealth. He also used the Koran to refine his beliefs.
None of this is especially pleasant to discuss, and no joy is obtained from making critical remarks of a religion or ideology held, to one degree or another, and in one form or another, by perhaps a couple of billion people.
Yet there are times when combing back through history reveals some interesting or perhaps shocking insights. This is one of those times.
Those who know what Islam is all about have been warning of its impact for years; to pretend these warnings meant nothing is absurd, and insulting to our predecessors.
Source: Federalist Papers Project