THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE RELIGION OF ISLAM
Circumstances have a way of changing one’s plans. I had intended to write this week on “The Second Coming of Christ,” the theme of my sermon this past Sunday morning. However, because of the events in Paris last Friday and the continuing political correctness views toward the Islamic religion here in our own country, I have decided to say a few things under the above heading. The essay on the second coming will run next week, D. V.
I will begin by acknowledging my indebtedness to Charles Williams, minister of the Nashville Road Church of Christ in Gallatin, Tennessee, where my wife and I attend on Sunday and Wednesday nights. (On Sunday mornings, I teach a Bible class and preach for the Mitchellville (TN) Church of Christ, a small congregation a few miles from our home). Charles is a diligent student of the Bible and is exceptionally knowledgeable of the Scriptures and of religious matters in general. He is an extremely able teacher, his classes in the local church approaching college level presentations.
For several weeks Charles has been leading the Wednesday evening auditorium class in a study of “Islam and the Quran, Christianity and the Bible,” based on Dr. Dave Miller’s book, The Quran Unveiled, and Miller’s DVD, “ISLAM: the Quran and Christianity,” both from Apologetics Press, 230 Landmark Drive, Montgomery, Alabama 36117. Parallel with the preceding Charles is presenting “A Comparison Study of the Major Worldviews: Christianity, Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxist-Leninism, Cosmic Humanism, and Postmodernism.” This latter theme is being examined under ten disciplines: Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics, and History. To say that it is interesting and informative study is a tremendous understatement!
Among the “handouts” distributed to the class is one by Dave Miller titled “Were the Founding Fathers ‘Tolerant’ of Islam? [Part I and Part II],” also published by Apologetics Press (see above). Of the many significant statements cited by brother Miller from the founding fathers and their associates, note the following:
“In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, 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 SPIRIT PART OF HUMAN NATURE (Miller’s emphasis, hf). 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.” (John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, and son of quintessential founder, John Adams, second president of the United States [Blunt, Joseph (1830), The American Annual Register for the Years 1827-8-9 (New York: E. & G.W. Blunt), 29:267-402]).
“The real object of the [First] amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mahometanism (Islam, hf), or Judaism, or infidelity by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government” (Joseph Story, one of the fathers of American Jurisprudence, appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court by James Madison from 1811 to 1845, in his “Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States” (3:728)).
[O]ur citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion . . . [T]he religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government . . . [T]he Christian religion ought to be received, and maintained with firm and cordial support. It is the real source of all genuine republican principles . . . The religion of Christ and his apostles, in its primitive simplicity and purity, unencumbered with the trappings of power and the pomp of ceremonies, is the surest basis of a republican government . . . [T]hose who destroy the influence and authority of the Christian religion, sap the foundations of public order, of liberty, and of republican government” (Noah Webster (1832), History of the United States, (New Haven, CT: Durrie & Peck, pp. v, 247, 310-311). (Note: I am struck by Webster’s phrase, “The religion of Christ and his apostles, in its primitive simplicity and purity, unencumbered with the trappings of power and the pomp of ceremonies.” It certainly reflects a restoration of the ancient order viewpoint).
These are but three of many statements made by the founders and early leaders of our nation regarding the religion inaugurated by Mohammed. We would do well to hear them.
November 17, 2015