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Rep. Rick Stream Sends Bizarre E-Mail About the Dangers of Islam...Citing Winston Churchill?

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Representative Rick Stream.
Missouri State Representative Rick Stream fired off a bizarre e-mail to his House GOP colleagues this week that discusses the dangers of Islam...citing an 1899 quote from former British prime minister Winston Churchill.

"Individual Muslims 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," writes Stream, quoting Churchill in a widely distributed e-mail that was forwarded to Daily RFT by way of a displeased recipient. "No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith."

And what exactly does this have to do with the Missouri legislature?

It's not all that clear.

We reached out yesterday to Stream, a Republican from Kirkwood and chairman of the budget committee, and have not yet heard back. We'll update if we do.

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Winston Churchill.

It appears that the e-mail was sent out from Rick.Stream@house.mo.gov at 11:21 p.m. on Tuesday night to an e-mail listserve that includes Republican representatives and possibly other staff in the Missouri House. Not everyone was pleased.

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The e-mail, full version on view below, offers some praise for Churchill and explains that the quote comes from 1899 when he was a soldier and journalist. Stream praises him as a "great war leader...to whom the Western world must be forever in debt." The selection he cites come from a piece of Churchill's writing called the River War.

Here's the full Churchill quote that Stream included in his e-mail:

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 Muslims 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.

Stream adds at the end, "Churchill saw it coming......"

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Representative Rick Stream.

Daily RFT confirmed with an expert at the National Churchill Museum, based in Missouri, that the passage is question is in fact from Churchill.

And Richard Langworth, a prominent Churchill historian, writes to us in an e-mail that the quote is in his book and adds, "All sorts of people have used these quotations to infer all sorts of things about modern situations. In the generic sense there is an application, but I would caution that these words were written over a century ago."

A quick Google search of the quote in Stream's e-mail shows that, for some reason, the quote has popped up on random websites in recent days. It's unclear where Stream got it from or what he was referring to. The text in his e-mail that's separate from the quote also appears to be recycled.

Continue for a copy of the full e-mail.



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schrodinger.the.kat
schrodinger.the.kat

Churchill's comments are very wise and we would do well to pay attention to them. Those who point to the violence in Christian nations are falsely equating two very different things. Islam is a totalitarian system, similar to Naziism or Stalinist Communist. It has some religious trappings (mostly distorted versions of Judaism and Christianity) grafted onto it. But mostly it is a system hell bent on world domination. The West is in a war with Islam, a war for survival. Just as was the case with Communism, the various fellow travelers come out and urge acceptance and, ultimately, surrender. But if we want to maintain our freedoms we need to fight.

lloydk
lloydk

In his (perhaps) unintended inclusiveness in quoting the original Churchill passage, I'm glad Stream includes Churchill's conclusion: "...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."

Science saves the day for Western civilization and Christianity from its own doctrinal devices. Nothing beats our acceptance and humility and sometimes bravery of being just human.

Rande Hackmann
Rande Hackmann

Yep, christians would never hurt anyone...oh, wait, there's Timothy McVeigh, he was a Catholic, he committed the largest act of terrorism on US soil prior to the 9/11 attacks. He murdered 169 innocent people including 19 under the age of 6. Also wounded 680 more. Yeah, how about you get off your high horse of perfection and realize no matter what you want to believe, the truth is an human has the ability to pull off atrocities.

Jess Horsley
Jess Horsley

It's not one's beliefs, but one's actions which define a person. And I know quite a few peaceful Muslims and quite a few of hateful Christians; important to remember no one religion has a monopoly on love, grace peace, hate, discrimination or bigotry...

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

lmao and i KNEW you would have an "equality" photo on your profile.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

and since most douchebags can't explain why no christians have killed an 8 year old, or flown airplanes into buildings lately, or thrown acid into a girl's face for learning to read, i'm going to lump you in with all the other douchebags.

Lucas Jackson
Lucas Jackson

Since all Muslims are grouped together with Islamist extremists I'm just going to group all Christians with the Westborough Baptist Church.

Wilson Sikes
Wilson Sikes

this few comments? everyone must still be looking up definitions.

schrodinger.the.kat
schrodinger.the.kat

@Rande Hackmann When McVeigh committed his terrible acts we did not see 40 to 60 percent of all Catholics cheering about how wonderful an achievement he had made. But after 9-11 a major percentage, probably at least half, of the Muslims around the world expressed happiness that this had happened. The difference is the difference between an occasional isolated person acting alone, as in the case of McVeigh, and networks of people working for our destruction. We have to try to prevent both but the causes of these two types of attacks are very different.

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