9th June 2008

“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 proselytising 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.”

Winston Churchill1874 – 1965

4 Responses to “9th June 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    It is worth noting that the United States Marine Corp owes its existence to these very same African Muslims that were once the Barbary Pirates, the scourge of Mediterranean shipping throughout the 1700s, stealing ships, cargo and selling crews into slavery. They went on raids as far north as Ireland, carrying away people to be sold as slaves in much the same way the British did to black Africans. And as with the British, religion gave cover and justification to the pirates and slave traders.

    It was because of these “Musselmen” that America created it’s first standing navy and expeditionary forces and it was our determined assaults that finally lifted the threat to life and commerce in those waters and it was from this formative experience that we have the line “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…” In modern times it has been America that has been the greatest foe of Islamic expansion. I hope the Europeans finally join us in the effort. I’m not a history guy but this is the story as I remember it. If anyone wants to elaborate/correct please do.

  2. Terence Meaden Says:

    How perceptive of Winston Churchill, spotting this danger several decades ago, that even now the new generation of British politicians can barely see and are afraid to discuss in such terms.

    And his remark about Christianity being “sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled” is an insightful and apposite metaphorical gem.

  3. John Sutton Says:

    How is this an atheist quote? – it is more like christian religious propaganda.

  4. Admin Says:

    How is this an atheist quote? – it is more like christian religious propaganda.

    Really? What do you think this is this saying?

    “were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled

    I think Churchill was fairly sceptical about Christianity – but it was not always political to show it (in public at least).