Thursday, February 16, 2006

John Quincy Adams

Dave points out that an old John Quincy Adams disparagement of Islam has been making the rounds recently. He's right; I've seen it in at least half a dozen places this month.

The accuracy of the description aside, one should note, as Dave does, that Adams was a curmudgeon of the first water. He hated everything except Harvard-educated New England culture, and the further it was from Harvard the more he hated it. It was hard to get much further from Harvard than Islam. He was a good president and he did good service to his countrymen -- without really liking any of them.