What Our Forefathers Understood About Islam

What may surprise you is that our spiritual and national forefathers were well aware of the threat Islam was and would be in the future.

Martin Luther

Martin Luther as early as 1518 described Islam as "scourge of God." He believed that the Muslims were God's instrument of punishment upon a sinful Christendom. He preached that Islam would function as Germany's schoolmaster who must correct and teach the German people to repent of their sins and to fear God.

John Calvin

John Calvin in his 1556-1557 Sermons on Deuteronomy 18:15 & 33:2 described Islam as one of the two horns of Antichrist.

John Wesley

John Wesley in 1757 stated "Ever since the religion of Islam appeared in the world, the espousers of it…have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations."

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards circa 1773 stated that "The Mahometan (Muslim) kingdom is another of mighty power and vast extent, set up by Satan against the kingdom of Christ."

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson gained an understanding of the threat of Islam in 1765 when he acquired a Quran at the time when he was wrestling with English Law and the Stamp Act. In 1786 he gained additional understanding when he and John Adams met with Tripoli's envoy to London. He acted on this knowledge in 1801, as President, after the Pasha of Tripoli demanded $225,000 in ransom and declared war on the US. Jefferson responded by a group of frigates and the schooner Enterprise to Tripoli along with the US Marines. It is from this event that we how have "from the shores of Tripoli" in the Marine Corps Hymn.