History’s greatest thinkers on “Islamic extremism”

History’s greatest thinkers on “Islamic extremism”

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“I know that beyond any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but in religious matters.” - Mark Twain

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CHARLOTTE, NC, January 15, 2015 – Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, numerous voices have spoken out on the subject of Islam and terrorism.

The issue is not new. As proof, read the words of the world’s greatest thinkers who have opined on the subject, followed by one lone wolf.

Voltaire (1694 – 1778), French Enlightenment writer and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties. “That a camel-merchant (Muhammad) should stir up insurrection in his village; that in league with some miserable followers he persuades them that he talks with the angel Gabriel; that he boasts of having been carried to heaven, where he received in part this unintelligible book, each page of which makes common sense shudder, that he cuts the throats of fathers and kidnaps daughters; that he gives to the defeated the choice of his religion or death: this is assuredly nothing any man can excuse.”

John Wesley (1703 – 1791), theologian and founder of the English Methodist movement. “After all, men who have but a moderate share of reason, cannot but observe in his Koran, the most gross and impious absurdities.”

John Quincy Adams (1735 – 1826), sixth President of the United States. “The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory”

Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881), Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. “I must say, it (the Koran) is as toilsome reading as I ever undertook. A wearisome confused jumble, crude, incondite; endless iterations, long-windedness, entanglement; most crude, incondite; — insupportable stupidity. It is the confused ferment of a great rude human soul.”

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859), French political thinker and historian. “Jihad, Holy war, is the natural state with regard to infidels. (T)hese doctrines of which the practical outcome is obvious are found on every page and in almost every word of the Koran … The violent tendencies of the Koran are so striking that I cannot understand how any man with good sense could miss them.”

William Ewart Gladstone (1809 – 1898), British Liberal statesman who served as Prime Minister four separate times. “Qur’an… an accursed book… So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.”

Sir William Muir, KCSI (1819 – 1905), Scottish historian and writer specializing in the history of the time of Muhammad and the early caliphate. “Some, indeed, dream of an Islam in the future, rationalized and regenerate. 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. 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.”

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), American author and humorist. “I know that beyond any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but in religious matters.”

Theodor Nöldeke (1836 – 1930), celebrated German Semitic scholar, who wrote History of the Qur’an. “Muhammad is not in any sense a master of style. Among the Muslims, the Koran has always been looked upon as the most perfect model of style and language. Revelations of the kind which Muhammad uttered, no unbeliever could produce without making himself a laughing stock.”

Salomon Reinach (1858 – 1932), French archaeologist. “From the literary point of view, the Koran has little merit. It is humiliating to the human intellect to think that this mediocre literature has been the subject of innumerable commentaries, and that millions of men are still wasting time absorbing it.”

Louis Bertrand (1866 – 1941), French novelist, historian and essayist. “Arabs have never invented anything except Islam. They have made absolutely no addition to the ancient heritage of Greco-Latin civilization.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965), British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. “The Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness. The more generous spirits become convulsed in an ecstasy of religious bloodthirstiness…and derive additional impulses from the influence of others, the hopes of plunder and the joy of fighting. Thus whole nations are roused to arms.”

Oriana Fallaci (1929 – 2006), Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer. “Europe is no longer Europe, it is Eurabia, a colony of Islam. You can insult the Christians, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Jews. You can slander the Catholics, you can spit on the Madonna and Jesus Christ. But, woe betide the citizen who pronounces a word against the Islamic religion.”

Michael Allan Cook (1940), Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University is widely considered “among the most outstanding scholars” on the history of Islam. “Shortly after 9/11, there was a book published called How Did This Happen? that included an essay by Karen Armstrong in which she said a world religion has been hijacked by this band of fanatics. I don’t buy that for a minute.”

Clinton Richard Dawkins (1941), British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author. “Islam deserves criticism on account of the logical consequences of its dogma, namely, that the murder of fellow human beings is to be rewarded with sensual pleasure in a hedonistic “Paradise”—a concept born in the fantasies of an Arab rebel some fourteen centuries ago.

Robert Redeker (1954) is a philosophy teacher and writer for Le Figaro. “The exaltation of violence; a merciless war chief, plunderer, slaughterer of Jews and a polygamist, such is the man revealed through the Koran. Turning to Mahomet, by contradiction, reinforces hate and violence. Islam is a religion which, even in its sacred text, as well as in its banal rites, exalts violence and hate. Hate and violence inhabit the book with which each Muslim is educated, the Koran.”

Sam Harris, Ph.D (1967), American non-fiction writer. “Let us now make sense of the impossible by acknowledging the obvious: there is a direct link between the doctrine of Islam and Muslim terrorism. Acknowledging this link remains especially taboo among political liberals. Islam, more than any other religion human beings have devised, has all the makings of a thoroughgoing cult of death.”

And finally, the current president of the United States.

Barack Hussein Obama II (1961), Self-Proclaimed Smartest Man in the World. “ISIS is not Islam.”

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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