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‘Islamophobes’ through History


Seems we are in good company amongst other “intolerant bigots” fighting tolerance for the intolerable, and for protection of liberties and human rights to the enemies of humanity and freedom.
Here’s just a few names of other Islamophobes through history who criticized and warned against the nastiness of Islam:

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During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier and the Polish king, the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Moslem conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today nobody can find in them any “social values” whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Mohammedan influence. There are such “social values” today in Europe, America, and Australia only because during those thousand years the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do – that is, to beat back the Moslem invader.

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt
26th President of the United States

  A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer

  The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.

Will Durant
American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization.

  These future United States presidents questioned the ambassador as to why his (Islamic) government was so hostile to the new American republic even though America had done nothing to provoke any such animosity. Ambassador Adja answered them, as they reported to the Continental Congress, ‘that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise’.

Thomas Jefferson
To the Continental Congress about the brutal pirate attacks of the Muslim Ottoman Barbary  (1801–1805 and 1815)

  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, lovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

Sir Winston Churchill, 1899.
British Conservative politician and statesman of the United Kingdom during the Second World War

  Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book [the Quran] forbidden, since it is well known from it, that God has given the World, and all that it contains, to his faithful Mussulmen, who are to enjoy it of Right as fast as they conquer it.

Benjamin Franklin
United States founding father

  Over a billion people believe in Allah without truly knowing what Allah supposedly stands for or what he really demands of them. And the minority that do understand continue to be Moslems because they have redefined their morality and ethics to fit within the teachings of Islam, which are floridly lacking in morality. They therefore redefine what is good and evil in order to fit their lives into what is preached by Islam, instead of examining Islam to see if it fits within the good life. Backwards thinking, imposed by a backward religion.

Professor Bertrand Russell
British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic

  Muslims are the first victims of Islam. Many times I have observed in my travels that fanaticism comes from a small number of dangerous men who maintain others in the practice of this religion by terror. To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service that one can render him.

Joseph Ernest Renan
French expert of Middle East ancient languages and civilizations

  In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle.

John Quincy Adams
6th president of the United States

  Individual Moslems 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. 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.

Sir Winston Churchill
British Conservative politician and statesman of the United Kingdom

  Without demolishing religious schools (madrassahs) and minarets and without abandoning the beliefs and ideas of the medieval age, restriction in thoughts and pains in conscience will not end. Without understanding that unbelief is a kind of religion, and that conservative religious belief a kind of disbelief, and without showing tolerance to opposite ideas, one cannot succeed. Those who look for the truth will accomplish the mission.

-- Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Persian Sufi poet and philosopher. Sufi’s have been outlawed and persecuted for seven centuries in the Islamic world.

  For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

-Marcus Tullius Cicero
Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer

  Do not suppose the statements of the prophets to be true; they are all fabrications. Men lived comfortably till they came and spoiled life. The sacred books are only such a set of idle tales as any age could have and indeed did actually produce. They recite their sacred books, although the fact informs me that these are fiction from first to last. O Reason, thou (alone) speakest the truth. Then perish the fools who forged the religious traditions or interpreted them!

Al-Ma’arri
11th Century blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer. He labeled religions in general as “noxious weeds” and said that Islam does not have a monopoly on truth.

  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.

Sir Winston Churchill
British Conservative politician and statesman of the United Kingdom

  Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached. God is not pleased by blood – and not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats… To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death.

Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos
Conversation between the Emperor and a Persian scholar, 1391.

  Some, indeed, dream of an Islam in the future, rationalised and regenerate. All this has been tried already, and has miserably failed. The Koran has so encrusted the religion in a hard unyielding casement of ordinances and social laws, that if the shell be broken the life is gone. A rationalistic Islam would be Islam no longer.

Sir William Muir
Victorian orientalist scholar, Cambridge 1881

  The penalty for apostasy in Islamic law is death. Islam is conceived as a polity, not just as a religious community. It follows therefore that apostasy is treason. It is a withdrawal, a denial of allegiance as well as of religious belief and loyalty. Any sustained and principled opposition to the existing regime or order almost inevitably involves such a withdrawal.

Bernard Lewis
British-American historian, scholar in Oriental studies, and political commentator.

  The contrast between our own faith and Islam is most remarkable. There are in our Scriptures living germs of truth, which accord with civil and religious liberty, and will expand with advancing civilisation. In Islam it is just the reverse. The Koran has no such teaching as with us has abolished polygamy, slavery, and arbitrary divorce, and has elevated woman to her proper place. As a Reformer, Mahomet did advance his people to a certain point, but as a Prophet he left them fixed immovably at that point for all time to come.

Sir William Muir
Victorian orientalist scholar, Cambridge 1881

  He (Muhammad) poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature..

John Quincy Adams
6th president of the United States

The tree (of Islam) is of artificial planting. Instead of containing within itself the germ of growth and adaptation to the various requirements of time and clime and circumstance, expanding with the genial sunshine and rain from heaven, it remains the same forced and stunted thing as when first planted some twelve centuries ago.

Sir William Muir
Victorian orientalist scholar, Cambridge 1881

4 thoughts on “‘Islamophobes’ through History

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  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero is speaking of subversion, a military psychological warfare tactic used throught history, rather than treason. It was written of by Sun Tzu and used by the Romans (that may be why Cicero was aware of it). I bring this up because it is widely used by Islamists in western countries but has not been discussed openly. It’s more akin to espionage, propoganda or psychological warfare than treason.

    Subversion isn’t expressing an opinion you don’t agree with or not being patriotic enough for your standards. Let me explain.

    While propoganda uses emotion and lies to sway opinion and sap morale, subversion utilizes ambivalence and ambiguity to create doubt and anxiety so as to lessen the target countries populace and leaderships will to resist the aggressor.

    Tolkien was thinking of it when he created the character of Wormtounge in The Lord of the Rings (he worked to sap the will of the leader of a nation to resist a villian) and Anthony Burgess when he wrote A Clockwork Orange (the antisocial characters had been partially influenced by subliminal messages that Soviets had put in music).

    A subversive attempts to flip the perceptions of good and evil, right and wrong. They attack the symbols and heros of the target society. Like burning poppies, saying things like “queen and country burn in hell” or trying to lable the displaying of national flags as “racist”.

    Subversives try to look and sound like those they are around and present an ambiguous identity of themselves.

    Subversion is ephemeral, indirect, suggestive, ambiguous. The purpose is not to sway your opinion on a specific topic but to make you neurotic and indecisive on the subject of the enemy.

    It utilizes odd verbiage that is suggestive rather than definite. “Unpacking Islam” was a popular phrase with one subversive we might remember who tried to build a mosque in a questionable location. “The muslim Brotherhood is not a monolithic entity” is another phrase which has been heard recently.

    It utilizes ambivalence. Just after the raid in Bin Laden’s compound the phrase “I don’t know how I should FEEL about the death of Bin Laden” was going around – that was a perfect example of subversion and the origin of that could only have been Islamist.

    It utilizes statements that can have two opposing meanings. The ambivalent nature of the statements is a part of the attack – when the subversive is called out for saying one thing he can reply that he was saying the opposite and it’s only something deficiant in your character that made you misspercieve his intent (or identity)-

    That’s a specific trick called REFLECTION. Instead of explaining themselves openly they try to make you think it’s something distasteful about you that makes you think the way you do. This is meant to distract you and make you look inwards instead of at them. Again, the purpose isn’t to sway your opinion but to screw with your head and make you doubt yourself.

    The entire series of events surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque and the protests against it becomes a lot more understandable once you know how to recognize actual subversion and how it actually works.

    Again I wrote this extensive comment because Islamists use subversion but nobody seems to be talking about it openly. The damage subversion does is mitigated somewhat when you know how to recognize it.

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