Our founders better understood Islam than our current one appears to. Take our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, for instance. He understood clearly that Islam is a creed built on hate, violence, murder, and conquest. It is NO religion of peace.
Take, for instance, how Adams described Islam in a piece he wrote in the late 1820s. How Adams explained Islam is exactly right.
The natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran. … 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. … 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.
Adams isn’t alone in his characterization of Islam.
The father of American jurisprudence, Justice Joseph Story, throughly slammed Islam.
Mahomet aimed to establish his pretensions to divine authority, by the power of the sword and the terrors of his government; while he carefully avoided any attempts at miracles in the presence of his followers, and all pretences to foretell things to come. His acknowledging the divine mission of Moses and Christ confirms their authority as far as his influence will go while their doctrines entirely destroy all his pretensions to the like authority…. And now, where is the comparison between the supposed prophet of Mecca, and the Son of God; or with what propriety ought they to be named together?…The difference between these characters is so great, that the facts need not be further applied.
As to other founders, John Adams, and Ben Franklin both criticized Islam as a doctrine of war, not a religion.
It is true, of course, that the founders did intend that Americans could practice Islam if they wanted to. There was no thought that it would be outlawed. In fact, some even wrote that Muslims should be allowed to attain political office. After all, we did start the country on the ideal of religious freedom. But no founder felt that Islam was something that should be emulated. None felt that Islam had ideas that should be incorporated in the USA. And Islam played no part in our founding. Those who say it did are bending over backwards–and illegitimately so–to try and shoehorn Islam into our founding.
And it should be remembered that one of our earliest military actions was against Muslims when Jefferson fought the Barbary Pirates.
As an aside–and I’ve mentioned this here before–we also need to shoot down President Obama’s constant claim that Thomas Jefferson held “the nation’s first Iftar dinner” in the White House. The fact is, Jefferson did not observe any such practice. Never, not once.
President Obama has been misleading Americans and America’s Muslims, now, for four years. Until modern times, there have been no Iftar dinners at the White House. Further, there is no long tradition of Muslims having an impact in America. The only real impact that Islam has had on America occurred on September 11, 2001. It is an impact that reverberates today.