Today, the relevance of his words are more important then ever before.
We’ve written before in response to President Obama’s false claim that Islam was “woven into the fabric” of the United States since the Founding here. More recently, we explained here how John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, summed up the religion of Islam in one succinct sentence.
These things call to mind another harsh and brilliant critic of Islam, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Prime Minister and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature never held anything back when it came to condemning Islam’s frequent recurrence to brutality and slaughter. You might be familiar with Churchill’s famous line, “Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog.” The quote is somewhat inaccurate, but summarizes the sentiment well enough.
It comes from Churchill’s unabridged The River War:
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 paralyzes 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.
In a story that is almost a year old, but certainly worth remembering at such a critical time as now, a British man was arrested for publicly quoting this exact passage of Churchill’s.
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