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During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier and the Polish king, the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Moslem conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today nobody can find in them any “social values” whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Mohammedan influence. There are such “social values” today in Europe, America, and Australia only because during those thousand years the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do – that is, to beat back the Moslem invader. – Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

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. – Sir Winston Churchill

Some, indeed, dream of an Islam in the future, rationalised and regenerate. All this has been tried already, and has miserably failed. 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. A rationalistic Islam would be Islam no longer. – Sir William Muir , Victorian orientalist scholar, Cambridge 1881

Do not suppose the statements of the prophets to be true; they are all fabrications. Men lived comfortably till they came and spoiled life. The sacred books are only such a set of idle tales as any age could have and indeed did actually produce. They recite their sacred books, although the fact informs me that these are fiction from first to last. O Reason, thou (alone) speakest the truth. Then perish the fools who forged the religious traditions or interpreted them! – Al-Ma’arri 11th Century blind Arab philosopher

Muslims are the first victims of Islam. Many times I have observed in my travels that fanaticism comes from a small number of dangerous men who maintain others in the practice of this religion by terror. To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service that one can render him. – Joseph Ernest Renan French expert of Middle East ancient languages and civilizations

These future United States presidents questioned the ambassador as to why his (Islamic) government was so hostile to the new American republic even though America had done nothing to provoke any such animosity. Ambassador Adja answered them, as they reported to the Continental Congress, ‘that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise’. – Thomas Jefferson To the Continental Congress about the brutal pirate attacks of the Muslim Ottoman Barbary (1801–1805 and 1815)     Flere på New English Review

Flash mobs in Copenhagen

As one of the first professional symphony orchestras ever Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) did a flash mob at Copenhagen Central Station playing Ravel’s Bolero. Conductor is Jesper Nordin.

In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk http://radioklassisk.dk/. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.

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  • Erling

    Fin flashmob. En skam Bolero er saa kedelig.

    Check den her:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k

    • Ja, eller denne. Jeg sad selv blandt publikum den aften

  • Skåning

    Underbart att lyssna på. Verkligen en bra version av street culture.

  • Morani ya Simba

    Og det hører lige med til historien at Gladstone var Victoria-tidens svar på de radikale, der talte om “the noble savages” mens Disraeli var datidens Reagan der mente (med nogen ret) at fattige i Indien og Afrika havde bedre af at blive administreret af arrogante Oxbridge og Sandhurst drenge end af deres egne høvdinger og maharajaer. Så Gladstone var lidt datidens über repræsentant for grædekonerne. Men dengang var selv de ikke så vanvittige som idag. Langt fra…

    (Suk, en tid da UK var supermagten og styrede en fjerdedel af verden med fast, lidt racistisk (efter idags standardarder) men generelt oplyst og human hånd og berømt afskaffede slaveri, undertrykte den transatlantiske slavehandel og hængte mænd der brændte kvinder levende i Indien foruden andre “civiliserede” gerninger med sabel og riffel i hånd. Idag kommer do-good fjolserne jo rendende med FNs “håndbog i menneskerettigheder” og det gør ca. så meget indtryk på forskellige krigshøvdinge, fra Saudi Arabien til Congo, som et menneske med lidt reel erfaring udenfor Vesten ville forvente…)