Ultima Thule

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

A history of conflict

By Aussiegirl

Read the astoundingly prescient words of that great lion, Winston Churchill. Would that current rulers could see the truth so clearly, or at least be bothered to read what truly great men had to say.

As for Islam, one wonders if there is still not something fundamentally wrong about the foundational text that saw this supposedly peaceful religion so quickly perverted into a violent and invasive force which subjugates rather than liberating its believers. Christianity spawned centuries of thinkers, theologians and believers who spread the good news at the cost of their own lives, never at the point of a sword. Probably, at bottom, it is the culture of the Arabs that militates towards this violent attitude -- the tribalism and warrior mentality that prevailed then, still plays out today.

"Besides the fanatical frenzy... there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. 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.

"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...; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science... modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."
~~ Winston Churchill

TorontoSun.com -Salim Mansur - A history of conflict

The story of Abdul Rahman, released into exile in Rome from an Afghan prison where he was facing death as an apostate for converting from Islam to Christianity, is about a conflict as old as Islam at the heart of the Muslim world.

This conflict has tormented countless Muslims, silenced dissent, and incrementally turned what once was a lively Islamic culture into a gulag.

The Koran, as the sacred revelation to Mohammed intended for pagan Arabs, bore a message that had also been revealed to others at earlier times in different places. The quintessence of the message is revealed in the story of Moses and his people in Egypt, and their flight to freedom from captivity.


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