CHURCHILL ON ISLAM
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. He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant
journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great war
leader and British Prime Minister, to whom the Western world must be
forever in his debt. He was a prophet in his own time. He died
on 24th January 1965, at the grand old age of 90 and, after a
lifetime of service to his country, was accorded a State funeral.
IS THE SPEECH
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.
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.
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
Winston Churchill; (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II,
pages 248-250 London)