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POWERFUL: Winston Churchill on Islam

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 9.20.34 AM“Individual Muslims 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.”

This is amazing.  Even more amazing it that this hasn’t been  published long before now.


Unbelievable, but the speech below was written in  1899…
(Check Wikipedia  – The River War).

The attached  short speech from Winston Churchill, was
delivered by him  in 1899 when he was a young soldier
and journalist.  It probably sets out the current views of
many, but  expresses in the wonderful Churchillian turn
of phrase and use  of the English language, of which he
was a past  master. Sir Winston Churchill was, without
doubt, one of the  greatest men of the late 19th and 20th centuries.


“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 sensualist  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  Muslims 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; (Source: The River War,
  first edition,  Vol II, pages 248-250 London).