Quotable Quotes . . .

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CHURCHILL ON ISLAM, 1899

“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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2 thoughts on “Quotable Quotes . . .”

  1. The Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc, in “The Great Heresies” (1938) wrote a most perspective comment about Islam that’s perhaps even more dead on:

    (p. 52): “Millions of modern people of the white civilization–that is, the civilization of Europe and America–have forgotten all about Islam. They have never come in contact with it. They take for granted that it is decaying, and that, anyway, it is just a foreign religion which will not concern them. It is, as a fact, the most formidable and persistent enemy which our civilization has had, and may at any moment become as large a menace in the future as it has been in the past. To that point of its future menace I shall return in the last of these pages on Mohammedanism.”

    (p. 72-73): “Of every dozen Mohammedans in the world today, eleven are actually or virtually subjects of an Occidental [Western] power. It would seem, I repeat, as thought the great duel [between civilizations] was now decided. But can we be certain it is so decided? I doubt it very much. It has always seemed to me possible, and even probable, that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent. . . . But I ask the question in the sense, ‘Will not the perhaps the temporal power of Islam return and with it the menace of an armed Mohammedan world which will shake off the domination of the Europeans–still nominally Christian–and reappear again as the prime enemy of our civilization? The future always comes as a surprise, but political wisdom consists in attempting at least some partial judgment of what that surprise may be. And for my part I cannot but believe that a main unexpected thing of the future is the return of Islam. Since religion is at the root of all political movements and changes and since we have here a very great religion physically paralyzed but morally intensely alive, we are in the presence of an unstable equilibrium which cannot remain permanently unstable.”

    You may object to his dated, politically incorrect terminology, but who can doubt the truth of his perceptive insights, written when the European empires still ruled most of the Islamic world, directly or indirectly, besides Turkey.

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