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Stupid Americans Think Obama Is Muslim

From a chortling Associated Press:

Poll: Growing number incorrectly call Obama Muslim

By Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer
August 19, 2010

WASHINGTON – Americans increasingly are convinced — incorrectly — that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a growing number are thoroughly confused about his religion.

Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim, up from the 11 percent who said so in March 2009, according to a poll released Thursday. The proportion who correctly say he is a Christian is down to just 34 percent.

The largest share of people, 43 percent, said they don’t know his religion, an increase from the 34 percent who said that in early 2009.

Exactly what evidence does the Associated Press have that Mr. Obama is a Christian? Is it because he calls himself one? Mr. Obama also claims to be a moderate. He also denies that he is a socialist.

The first and only church Mr. Obama ever attended with any regularity was Reverend Wright’s ‘church,’ which is a very peculiar brand of Christianity at best. In fact, it is some weird Afro-centric mish-mash of ‘Black Liberation Theology’ that has more to do with racism and Marxism than Christianity.

And of course ever since the campaign ended Mr. Obama has avoided any religious service like a vampire avoids the cross.

Personally, we don’t think Mr. Obama believes in any particular religion. He appears to be his own god, and that seems to be good enough for him.

The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan [sic] Pew Research Center and its affiliated Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is based on interviews conducted before the controversy over whether Muslims should be permitted to construct a mosque near the World Trade Center site.

Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build an Islamic center there, though he’s also said he won’t take a position on whether they should actually build it.

And we rubes are too stupid to understand his nuanced and wise position.

In a separate poll by Time magazine/ABT SRBI conducted Monday and Tuesday — after Obama’s comments about the mosque — 24 percent said they think he is Muslim, 47 percent said they think he is Christian and 24 percent didn’t know or didn’t respond.

In addition, 61 percent opposed building the Muslim center near the Trade Center site and 26 percent said they favor it.

The Pew poll found that about three in 10 of Obama’s fiercest political rivals, Republicans and conservatives, say he is a Muslim. That is up significantly from last year and far higher than the share of Democrats and liberals who say so. But even among his supporters, the number saying he is a Christian has fallen since 2009, with just 43 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Democrats saying he is Christian.

Among independents, 18 percent say Obama is Muslim — up from 10 percent last year.

Pew analysts attribute the findings to attacks by his opponents and Obama’s limited attendance at religious services, particularly in contrast with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, whose worship was more public

Expect Mr. Obama to start carrying a 20 pound Bible — on the golf course.

White House officials did not provide on-the-record comments on the survey, but they prompted Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell of Houston to call The Associated Press.

This is hilarious. The White House has turned to Kirbyjon Caldwell, who is one of Mr. Bush’s ‘spiritual advisors’ to try to bail out Mr. Obama.

Why didn’t they trot out Mr. Obama’s well known mentor and spiritual advisor, Jeremiah Wright?

Caldwell, who said he has known Obama for years, said the president is a Christian who prays every day. He said he was not sure where the public confusion about the president’s religion came from, but he called false media reports about it "a 24-hour noise box committed to presenting the president in a false light."

Six in 10 of those saying Obama is a Muslim said they got the information from the media, with the largest portion — 16 percent — saying it was on television

You see? It’s all because of Fox News!

Still, it’s painfully clear what these polls are all about. It is the ‘professional left’ media’s subtle attempt to denigrate any and opposition to the building of the Ground Zero Mosque.

Since the vast majority of Americans vehemently oppose the building of the Mosque, our media masters have had to turn to their standard ploy of making all Americans look like ignorant and bigoted rubes.

This poll is to make the media and their Democrat masters feel enlightened and informed and morally superior for backing the Mosque.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “Stupid Americans Think Obama Is Muslim”

  1. Melly says:

    Obama’s official campaign site had a page titled “Obama has never been a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.” The page states, “Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ.”

    But the campaign changed its tune when it issued a slightly different statement to the Times stating Obama “has never been a practicing Muslim.”


    Barry may drink, smoke like a Christian, but we know where his allegiance lies.

    As a child in Indonesia Barry would have to say the following prayer everyday in school:

    “Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
    Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
    I witness that there is no god but Allah
    I witness that there is no god but Allah
    I witness that Muhammad is his prophet…

    As a grade schooler, I distinctly recall reciting the following every morning:

    I pledge allegiance to
    the Flag of the United States of America,
    and to the Republic for which it stands:
    one Nation under God, indivisible,
    With Liberty and Justice for all.

  2. ThreeBus says:

    YES! The drones are waking up. I just hope it’s not too late…….

    • JohnMG says:

      Forrest Gump says; “Stupid is as stupid does.” Obama flim-flammed his way into the White House, so the Asshole-ciated Press figures the American public will be flim-flammed again.

      Unfortunately, they’re (AP) probably correct–for once.

  3. Oracle says:

    Closet muslims for $1000

    If it walks like a muslim and talks like a muslim it must be a _____?

    What is a Christian?

    Oh, I’m sorry Chrisitian is not correct.

  4. amber says:

    Umm, I think he is a muslim and since he does not live under Sharia, he is granted the freedom to live as an infadel.

  5. canary says:

    The timing of AP’s anti-muslim U.S. president Obama is bizarre after he once again did the Ramadmen, and has growing private summits with muslims in the U.S. & growing partnerships with muslims across the globe.

    Some, less informed came to the conclusion because of Obama’s name. I know some informed people that believed he’s a muslim, but did not know his middle name really is Hussein, because the media objected to using it.

  6. misanthropicus says:

    Why “incorrectly believe”?
    Franziskus School (Djakarta) enrollment page photo taken by AP (and other news agencies) in 2008 :
    (1) name – Barack Hussein Soetero; (2) citizenship – Indonesian; (3) religion – Muslim.
    So, since there simply is NO OTHER evidence documenting dba Obama’s life journey available, and since dba Obama anyway has a pathetic record when it comes to truthfulness, we cannot but believe that dba Obama is a closet Muslim ready to strike at any moment.

    As far as the AP article – another example of crappy journalism. If they really wanted to appear as marginally honest, they could have mentioned the questions clouding dba Obama’s career – even liberals admit that dba Obama’s being less than forthcoming regarding his past.
    And if they (AP) have a problem with the Franziskus evidence (hehehe – do they deny the authenticity of their own photo?) , then they can ask Gibbs or Bauer what is their view of that document – so we could have an entertainning contortions show –
    But they don’t, preferring to smirk, describing the situation with an “incorrectly believe” (to be understood as: those bitter guys in Brooks suits who don’t get it) –

    Now the silver lining of this affair:
    1) dba Obama and all his liberal minions want to have this, and all other, potentially explosive details of dba Obama’s biography minimalized and forgotten –
    2) yet all their attempts at defusing the growing suspicions regarding dba Obama’s presidential illegitimacy always backfire, and their efforts fuel these suspicions –

    Nice job – albeit effects unintended –

    • hushpuppy says:

      I don’t understand what you mean by your references: “dba” Obama.

      Can someone ‘splain to me what Rush meant by referring to Obama’s middle name as ‘Hoover’?

      I’m getting more addled by the day…. *sigh*

    • proreason says:

      dba Obama – doing business as Obama. Nobody knows who he really is.

      Hoover – clueless president during the first 3 years of the Great Depression. Raised taxes, started a trade war. Like the Moron, turned an economic downturn into an economic catastrophe.

    • hushpuppy says:

      Thank you proreason! :)

      I now understand the references. For a while there I kept thinking of a Hoover vacuum and wondering what that had to do with Obama.

    • U NO HOO says:

      “I kept thinking of a Hoover vacuum and wondering what that had to do with Obama”

      Well he did suck a lot of us in with his Hope and Change drivel/dribble.

    • JohnMG says:

      Don’t forget about the “dirt bag” thing.

  7. Right of the People says:

    So Reverend Wright’s Church of Whitey Hate is a legitimate Christian institution? Seems to me Jim Baker’s church and some of those other TV preachers churches turned out not to be legitimate either but fronts for gathering illicit funds. I don’t think ol’ Rev Wright is any more legit than Jim and Tammy Faye were.

    I’m with Steve, I don’t think the O’ster has any religion other than narcissism. Belongs to the Church of I am Great and Omnipotent.

  8. tranquil.night says:

    “Personally, we don’t think Mr. Obama believes in any particular religion. He appears to be his own god, and that seems to be good enough for him.”

    Topic over. Associated Propogandists fails again.

  9. proreason says:

    You can tell if somebody is a Christian in a 2-minute conversation. There aren’t any secret Christians in America. If a person doesn’t reference his or her Christianity regularly, they don’t practice the religion, no matter what they say. Formal references, like periodically quoting Scripture, don’t count. Superficial references prove nothing. There are also millions of Americans with Christian morality who don’t practice. Most were taught religion as a child and have incorporated the value system into their life, whether they admit it or not. It is very rare for a person like that to call himself Christian. He will say that he is not religious, or that he is an athiest or an agnostic. Calling oneself a Christian for show is virtually unheard of.

    And there aren’t any secret Muslims either. But in America, it is more common for a Muslim to mask out religious references from conversation, because the country is dominantly Christian.

    Obama is an athiest, with more sympathy for Muslims than Christians. It’s plainly obvious. It’s just one of the universe of lies he has constructed to hide who he really is from the American public.

    (same story for one’s sexuality, btw. Like religion, it is too basic a part of a person’s personality to hide. The way people usually hide their religious beliefs and sexuality is by not referencing them. That’s how we know Obama is gay or sexually ambiguous as well as an athiest.)

    • tranquil.night says:

      The Big Lie is rooted in the supreme belief in Social Equity and Justice. But taken to such fanatical extremes implies that whatever system you’re reforming was grossly and inhumanly unfair to begin with. So Social Justice is really about taking revenge on an unjust society by changing it.

      Islam? It’s a strict ‘moral’ code that when not followed comes with swift and harsh retribution. The right to right yourself against one that has wronged you (so long as you’re male) is a cornerstone of the faith.

      Christianity? Persecution, sacrifice, forgiveness, resurrection. Jesus was denied by many because he was not the warrior messiah everyone expected. An advocate of confession and humility as a path to enlightenment, rather than blame and revenge.

      Many Christians still choose to be vengeful, while many Muslims choose to only see a message of peace in their holy texts. But it is one’s actions that tell the ultimate story. Despite so many unknowns, Barack Obama still couldn’t be any more transparent.

    • misanthropicus says:

      Agree –
      Yet I’ll add a few words about this issue –
      1) dba Obama is not Christian and this (aside that he wasn’t forthcoming about it), is strictly his business. However, his world-view is deeply anti-Westciv, to which he attributes all the miseries the 3rd. world goes through – and since the Western Civilization is a manifestation of the judeo -christian tradition, values and faith, Christianity is also in his mind responsible for all the 3rd. world’s shortcomings –

      2) dba Obama is not a practicing Muslim either – yet Islam in his mind, as historical (and constantly losing) Christianity’s ideological competitor, is the righ cause to support because it is the ideology of the groups his world-view finds deserving reparations for the Wester civilization-caused infamy –

      So, there isn’t too much interest in his mind for the intrinsic value of these two confessions – Islam is preferred by him because he sees himself in the same league with the larger (and ignorant) Muslim world –

    • hushpuppy says:

      I have to agree – and I’ve quoted Scripture on these pages a few times as well. If you’ll allow an analogy:

      The Bible isn’t written in such a way that each topic is covered completely in one place. It has cross references and repetitions in both Old and New Testaments and so it’s like Isaiah 28.10: ‘For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:’

      It’s the same thing with Obama: he has written 2 books about himself (or at least his name is on the cover – psycholinguists say the books were likely written by Ayers.) Same flow, same syntax, same speech patterns. Obama narrated the audio book versions of those books but deleted entire paragraphs in the audio book versions. (Youtube has a lot of clips of the audio narrative with the missing portions from the book highlighted on the screen).

      The same ‘here a little and there a little’ Obama puzzle has some very interesting tidbits in the audio book ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to the 60’s’ that you can find here:


      “Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, in which President Obama told him that he was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, the stepson of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he was sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda.”


      So between Limbaugh’s commentary quoting the New York Times article interview with Obama, all the clips of Obama on Youtube in which he refers to ‘my muslim faith’ is interesting too.

      No-one is that good a liar to keep their past a secret no matter how much Soros’s money can buy by way of road blocks to FOI requests. Incidently Obama recently signed into law (vis a vis FOI requests) a Bill that states the Government does not have to answer any FOI requests – whether from private citizens or news organizations. I’m to remember where I’d heard that – Fox News scroll, Glenn Beck or …. but I remember telling my wife that his past will now stay hidden, period.

      So now having Indonesian citizenship because of his mother marrying Lolo Soetoro, and having gone to a muslim madras wherein his school record lists him as muslim:


      …and put that together with Obama’s comment that he couldn’t go to the American school with the other kids (when he was in Indonesia), and had to resort to student loans from the universities in the States when he returned as an adult.

      The name ‘hussein’ is conferred upon male muslim children. Remember too that Obama’s ever so helpful spinmeisters said: ‘Obama isn’t a practicing Muslim’. It’s not the same thing as being a ‘lapsed’ Catholic for example, if you’re muslim, you’re muslim if you ‘practicing’ or not.

      Jeremiah Wright has a Muslim background:
      I noticed Wikipedia’s article on him had all references to his Muslim past scrubbed. Very convenient!

      He’s adept at taqqiya and employs it when he feels it is needed to shut up us infidels; and since there are no coincidences in politics, I note with some amusement that since he had that ramadam iftar dinner with all those international terrorists guests at the White House, and sounded off about ground zero mosque, so many were so angered that there was a push back from We the People that polls were taken to find out how many believe he is muslim – and then the drive by media write columns telling us how stupid we are to thing Obama is a muslim.

      He’s no more a Christian than my dog is the King of England!

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    My question is: What value system does he use as a touchstone upon which to base his “decisions”? (I put decisions in quotes because I think he doesn’t every really act or speak decisively; that he bases his utterances and positions on whatever foundation of values he has.)

    And that system of values is seriously perverted.

    Therefore, if he has any religion at all, it is most likely founded in anger, hatred and vengeance. Of course, not religion at all but on philosophy of how to hurt people who he thinks deserve it.

    I base my opinion on his seriously dysfunctional upbringing and the evidence of his actions. The people who influenced him were so terminally flawed that he had no chance. His occupation of the white house is a travesty and an enormous mistake that will be proven in the history books.

    Muslim by birth, but versed in the ways of hatred and vengeance. This is how he believes the world works. There is not a good moral center in his psyche, just a vile, putrid rotting pit of self-loathing.

    • proreason says:

      misantropicus just above, it seems to me is very close to what has shaped him and what his morality is. Essentially, he is anti-Western, which pulls him to the Muslim world view, much more than the European world-view. But also note that he never says anything bad about world view that dominates Asia either.

      His morality is one of opposition. He has been taught to hate the Western World.

      As you say, Rusty, it’s all about hatred and vengeance.

      There seems little doubt about that. Everything that he proposes undoes something this country has built. That seems to be the only pattern, rather than Chrisianity, Islam, or any religious perspective.

    • hushpuppy says:

      Rusty, here’s a page for you to read that just might answer your questions:


    • U NO HOO says:

      “What value system does he use as a touchstone upon which to base his “decisions”?”

      He doesn’t want his daughters punished with a baby, implying he doesn’t want grandchildren except on his schedule.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    “Why didn’t they trot out Mr. Obama’s well known mentor and spiritual advisor, Jeremiah Wright?”

    Why not……..what’s one more bigoted, racist in the WH.

    DingleBarry hates America as much as the Mooselimbs do.
    He respects that.

  12. Right of the People says:

    His programming is faulty to put it in a technical perspective. He is definitely a product of his upbringing whether as some of us believe it was intentional or not. He is the perfect case for those that argue nurturing over nature. His value system or rather lack of a functioning one is what drives him.

    He was brought up to loathe the US and all that it stands for and was trained to hide that fact when it counted like when he was running for election. In his mind his goal is to put the US in what he considers its proper place and now that he has reached the pinnacle of US politics he doesn’t really give a damn who knows it.

    His entire public life, what little we’ve been exposed to, is one huge lie after another. He is a virus to our way of life and we need to find the vaccine soon before he does irreversible damage.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      We were supposedly innoculated against this by the Constitution, Bill Of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. However, the virus mutates, creating strains that are harder to fight against and that adapt to and form new ways to invade the body conservative. Sometimes, they go back to an old generation that the antibodies against have lessened in number. In any case, they never die, go away or otherwise quit.

      One reason for this is the enormous financial benefit the virus gets from the body conservative. The conservative body works and produces and thus, that’s the lifeblood of the socialists. It is definitely parasitic because the socialists in no way beenfit the body conservative.

      But you could conceivably destroy the socialist parasites without hurting the conservative body at all.

      They need us. We don’t need them. And they damage our health heavily.

    • proreason says:

      “We were supposedly innoculated against this by the Constitution”

      Yes, but there is a means provided to fix it.

      Top priority Constitutional amendment – people’s recall elected officials. If 30% of voters in the prior election sign petition with the election bureau, recall election must be scheduled within 2 months.

      We need the ability to zap them before the virus takes hold. Their fellow cockroaches won’t do it….members of the same class….the criminal class.

      Just the threat will be a miracle worker.

      Imagine what the vote would have been on ObamyCare as the petitions would have mounted up for Pelosi, Reid, Obamy and others, 5%, 10%, 15%.

  13. Move_Zig says:

    The JournoLIST-Bots have been deployed. have been deployed. have been deployed.

    Pay no attention to what your common sense tells you, that Barry Sotoro …. er… Obama (who has been spending millions to keep all his history sealed from publ…ic view), http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=98546 that he was born of a Muslim father, http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-wore-muslim-gear-during-kenya-trip raised a Muslim in Indonesia, and forbidden by Sharia law from changing his religion, that Islam is not really a religion, by a hate ideology more akin to Nazism or Communism, http://www.islam-watch.org/Others/Violent-Sexual-Obsession-and-Rape-as-Expression-of-Islamic-Spirituality.htm that all Obama’s bowing to Arab tribal leaders, http://www.politicalbyline.com/2009/04/03/obama-bows-to-his-arab-masters/ that his constant sucking up to Iran’s terrorist leader, http://hotair.com/archives/2009/06/21/can-obama-still-want-talks-with-iranian-mullahs/ that his constant support for Islam and hostility to Israel, even his Freudian slip referring to Islam as his religion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18VOGykrgHo have any relevance on the issue whatsoever…

    … don’t pay any attention to those.

    Being a thinking, patriotic American, of COURSE you are WRONG, ALL WRONG!!!


    Followup: after over 11,000 comments on that article, comments are now closed. I should also note for the record that my comment, sans links, never survived the Yahoo News comment censors, the same Leftards that published the article screaming that all we rubes are INCORRECT.

    A little further digging seems to show that the propaganda piece is not a fluke bit of propaganda for the writer, Alan Fram. Seems his schtick IS Leftard propaganda: http://newsbusters.org/people/alan-fram

    “If Fram and Putnam are not on the payroll of the Democrat Party, then they surely should be for writing tripe like this. It screams at the reader to vote Democrat and, in particular, for Sen. Barack Obama, the wizard of hope and change. This is not journalism by any stretch of the imagination. It is a blatant use of scare tactics to influence the outcome of an election.”



    I don’t have access to the full JournoLIST membership roll http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=29858 but, as the Good Book says:
    “ye shall know them by their fruits” (e.g. their works).

    Fram’s work screams of Leftist propagandist Hack. And he writes for AP, so it would seem.

  14. wardmama4 says:

    I don’t think Obama is a muslim (born to a muslim father and raised for 6 years by a muslim step-father, yes) – I think Obama is evil and lies to Americans every single time he opens his mouth.

    And until he provides his long form birth certificate, college transcripts, college financial information and what passport he traveled on in 1981 – it proves my point – and I think that the DNC, Supreme Court, Senate and media are all part and parcel with this grand lie of a grand liar – which makes the entire 2008 election a fraud.


    • Move_Zig says:

      Okay, okay, okay…

      So he was born and raised as a Muslim, attended a Hate-Whitey ‘church’ (?) for 20-odd years, but is said to really worship the Hindu monkey God Hanuman:

      “A group of Hindus in India have presented Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign with a two-foot Hindu monkey-god idol after hearing the candidate carries a smaller version of the Lord Hanuman good-luck charm with him as he vies for the presidency.

      Earlier this week, according to reports in India, Obama representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar accepted the gold-plated statue, promising to pass it on to the candidate after is it sanctified through ritual Hindu prayers.

      “The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms,” reported the Times of India.”

      And, of course, his first Executive Order was the one sealing his background, he has spent over $2 million fighting disclosures of his background, one of the attorneys pursuing a lawsuit into his Constitutional eligibility has been hit with a $20,000 fine for having the ca-honays to even ask the question, much of his stated background is unsupported and even contradicted by even the slightest research…. and the MSM and a corrupt legal system have shepherded him to the top and drawn a defensive circle around him.

      Why am I smelling an evil stench of lies and corruption around this guy?

  15. jlpjlp says:

    Facts – which can of course get in the way
    1- he was born a Muslim according to their ‘rules’ as his father was a Muslim
    2- he had some introduction to that faith as a child as we’ve seen from photos of him as a child in a Muslim school setting
    – we don’t know how much & / or how long
    3- we know that while in Chicago her & his family choose to attend a Christian church that preached Liberation theology
    4- we know he & his family are not currently going to any specific church on a regular basis
    those people are the FACTS

    • proreason says:

      More facts.

      His stepfather was a Muslim. Obama lived in his house for 4 years.
      He has called the Muslim “call to prayers” one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.
      He declared (falsely) that the US is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.
      He consistently misrepresents the very limited connection the Founding Fathers had with Islam.
      He is the most anti-Israeli president we have ever had.
      He bowed to the Saudi king. He insulted Netanyahu.
      He calls Jeruselum by it’s Muslim name.
      He gave hundreds of millions of our money to Hamas.
      His first major interview as president was with a Muslim media outlet.
      His first major foreign policy speech as president was in Cairo.

  16. Gil says:

    Two more Facts worth considering –

    – He slipped up and mentioned his “Muslim faith”


    – The Egyptian foreign minister claims Obama told him himself he is a Muslim


  17. Papa Louie says:

    Why shouldn’t we be confused about Obama’s religion? His church of 20 years had more in common with Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam than Christianity. His Kenyan grandmother claimed to be a Christian in 2008. But in 2009 she went to Mecca as a guest of the Saudi king.
    (See http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-grandma-on-hajj-via-saudi-king-2)

    Since Christians are not allowed into Mecca, she either converted or she was lying. Obama, too, has shown a knack for becoming whatever is convenient at the moment. So, even if he is a Christian today, he could be a Muslim or an atheist tomorrow. The only things he seems committed to are his hatred of George Bush and all things republican, his shame in America, and his dislike of his mother’s race.

    “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”
    — Barack Obama; Dreams of My Father

  18. Natural Born Citizen says:

    Winston Churchill wrote this about Islam before the age of 25. I guess that is why BHO returned the bust of Winston Churchill to the British. A very big slap in the face to one of our best allies.

    “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. 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 (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 [London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899]).

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