Winston Churchill on Islam

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Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill led Britain in the fight against Nazism, but long before that, he wrote a book entitled, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan (1899). According to Wikipedia, the book was about Churchill's "experiences as a British Army officer, during the Mahdist War (1881–99) in the Sudan.

"The River War is a history of the British imperial involvement in the Sudan, and the Mahdi War between the British forces, led by Lord Kitchener, and the Dervish forces, led by Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, 'The Mahdi,' heir to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad who had embarked on a campaign to conquer Egypt, to drive out the non-Muslim infidels." (Source)

In the book, Churchill shares his first-hand and educated understanding of Islam. He wrote:

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. 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 civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

3 comments:

Anonymous 6:21 AM  

Although I've known it for some time, this "issue" with Islam is nothing new by any means. Your posting of historical perspectives, I think, is extremely important. I don't remember who posted this but I also ran across two books giving more historical perspective. The first is "The Flying Inn" by C.K. Chesterton with the second being "The Tragedy of the Korosko" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Babs 7:21 AM  

Paul Weston was arrested in the UK for reading aloud in public from Churchill's "River Wars" about Islam.

At the same time Theresa May, the UK Home Secretary, has to be shamed into arresting Muslims who incite violence against others in mosques, and she banned Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, both of whom write in criticism of Islam but have never advocated violence, from the UK because their prescence there was "not conducive to the public good".

Citizen Warrior 7:02 PM  

You can read the book, "The River War" for free here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4943

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