Friday, January 04, 2008

Quote by Sir Winston Churchill


“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia
in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many
countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods
of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet
rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the
next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as

his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must

delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased

to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid

qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social

development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists

in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and

proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa,

raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity

is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it

had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell

the civilization of ancient Rome.”

-Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages

248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

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