The dream of an Islamic state in Britain and America
Following the hacking death of a British soldier by two alleged Islamic extremists, Prime Minister David Cameron said, â€śThere is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act.â€ť
Winston Churchill thought otherwise, but he lived in a time before political correctness ran amok and drew on his personal experiences serving in the Sudan and in the Crimean War.
In his 1899 book, The River War, Churchill described what he witnessed in countries where Islam ruled: â€śIndividual 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.â€ť...
He who still satisfies the impassioned appetites of the flesh dwells in the land of the Chaldeans as a maker and worshipper of idols. But when he has begun to discern what the situation is and has gained some insight into the mode of life which nature demands, he leaves the land of the Chaldeans and comes to Haran in MesoÂpotamia (cf. Gen. 11:31). By Haran I mean that intermediate state between virtue and vice - a state not yet purified from the delusion of the senses. But if he goes beyond that moderate understanding of goodness which he has attained through the senses, he will hasten towards the blessed land, that is, to the state free from all sin and ignorance which God, who does not lie, manifests to those who love Him, promising to give it to them as a reward for their virtue.
You can get an entire book by James Barton (1918) The Christian approach to Islam, in various electronic formats, I think Inadequacy of Islam is chapter 12. The book could be interesting to read from a historical perspective. He thought that Turkey was going to see more secularization, it did, then it didn't, and perhaps it will again?
Of course one may not agree with everything that is said, but Barton was familiar with the area. It is interesting that missionary work to the Mideast has apparently dropped off. Of course, being killed, can have a dampening effect on missionary work. (Note, the last comment is dripping with sarcasm, in pointing out to the uncivilized behavior of Muslim nations.)