With a tip o’ the fedora to Vik Rubenfeld’s Big Picture, a useful quotation from one of the greats, Sir Winston:
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 paralyzes 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.
The quotation is from Sir Winston’s The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).
Well, the more “tolerant” modern says, Sir Winston was a known racist and colonialist, and all sorts of other nasty things. Perhaps. But he was also a man of great vision, and fortitude. What’s been lost is the ability to both see things clearly, and state one’s mind clearly. We would do a lot worse than to use Winston Churchill as our lodestar.
As for what is wrong with Islam, to my mind Sir Winston has hit the nail on the head: “the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it.” Leaving aside that Islam denies that our Savior was fully God, fully man, and that they co-opt Jesus by claiming him as one of the prophets of Islam.
Where one faith denies the truth claims of another, both can not be valid. Even God can’t square a circle. Islam is wrong; Christianity is right. That is my belief, and, along with most of my fellow Christians, I’m content to preach the Gospel to them, but then leave the Muslims alone in their error should they deny the truth of Jesus Christ.
Would that they would return the favor.