Islam’s Problems and Critics are Nothing New

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Don’t buy into the notion that the bad actors in the Islamic faith only exist because of America’s actions in the Middle East.  Long before we ever put a boot on the ground in that part of the world, Muslims were showing what their faith was all about.  For every person that has ever claimed that Islam is a religion of peace, there have been plenty around to dispute them.  Some will try to convince you that Islam’s critics of the past were motivated by racism or xenophobia, but the concerns most often voiced seem only to focus on the religion of Islam, and not the muslim people.  Many of history’s great thinkers have expressed concern and even disgust, not for Muslims, but for the Islamic faith that distorts their world view.  Share these quotes with friends that insist that America is the reason Islam has such a bad reputation these days.  And as you read them, remember that the Left in the United States seeks to bind itself to and provide cover for this faith.

Winston S. Churchill, British Prime Minister  1874-1965                                                                                                                                      “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 faith: 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.”

Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Razi, Persian Philosopher  854-925 AD                                                                                                                           “If the people of this religion [Islam] are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed”

Mark Twain, Author and Humorist  1835-1910                                                                                                                                                          “That is a simple rule, and easy to remember. When I, a thoughtful and unblessed Presbyterian, examine the Koran, I know that beyond any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but in religious matters.”

Charles-Louis Montesquieu, French Lawyer and Philosopher  1689-1755                                                                                                          “It “[it] is a misfortune to human nature, when religion is given by a conqueror. The Mahometan religion, which speaks only by the sword, acts still upon men with that destructive spirit with which it was found.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher  1788-1860                                                                                                                                               “Consider the Koran, for example; this wretched book was sufficient to start a world-religion, to satisfy the metaphysical need of countless millions for twelve hundred years, to become the basis of their morality and of a remarkable contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and the most extensive conquests. In this book we find the saddest and poorest form of theism. Much may be lost in translation, but I have not been able to discover in it one single idea of value.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, Historian  1805-1859                                                                                                                                                                      “I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”

Bertrand Russell, British Philosopher and Historian  1872-1970                                                                                                                “Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of the world.”

George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright  1856-1950                                                                                                                                                  Explaining Islam in a letter- “You accepted Allah or you had your throat cut by someone who did accept him, and who went to Paradise for having sent you to Hell.”

John Quincy Adams, U.S. President  1767-1848                                                                                                                                                               “…he [Muhammad] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind…The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.”

General George S. Patton, U.S. Army General,  1885-1945                                                                                                                                        “To me it seems certain that the fatalistic teachings of Muhammad and the utter degradation of women is the outstanding cause for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have kept on developing.”

This post was submitted by:  David Simmons

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