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What was Winston Churchill's quote on Islam?

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2014-03-10 15:48:52

A quote from an 1899 book by Winston Churchill, "The River War,"

in which he describes Muslims he apparently observed during

Kitchener's campaign in the Sudan:

"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. Thousands become

the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; 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."


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