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December 12, 2010

He must be called the Saviour of Humanity

Expect to hear more along the same lines these next two years.

We knew George Bernard Shaw was a nasty piece of work.

Just how nasty might yet take time to settle in.

What most don't appreciate is Shaw's anticipation of today's axis between Islamism and utopian socialism.

The (somewhat) definitive text of Shaw's prophecy for the future of Islam in Europe.

Note his distinctive use of the term "peace", increasingly familiar to anyone paying attention these last ten years.

I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capability to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. [1] The world must doubtless attach high value to the predictions of great men like me. I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today. The medieval ecclesiastics, either through ignorance or bigotry, painted Muhammadanism in the darkest colours. They were in fact trained both to hate the man Muhammad and his religion. To them Muhammad was Anti-Christ. I have studied him — the wonderful man, and in my opinion far from being an Anti-Christ he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much-needed peace and happiness. But to proceed, it was in the 19th century that honest thinkers like Carlyle, Goethe and Gibbon perceived intrinsic worth in the religion of Muhammad, and thus there was some change for the better in the European attitude towards Islam. [2] But the Europe of the present century is far advanced. It is beginning to be enamoured of the creed of Muhammad.

And the full text of A Shavian and a Theologian, being an "illuminating conversation" between George Bernard Shaw and Mohammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui, al Qaderi.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 12, 2010 10:28 AM


There has to be an obscure German word for the feeling of satisfaction one gets from finding out that a person really is every bit the jackass you always suspected they were.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2010 02:47 PM

~What most don't appreciate is Shaw's anticipation of today's axis between Islamism and utopian socialism.

I agree. Most people are only familiar with the 1-dimensional Left-Right model. The relationship between theocracy and socialism becomes much clearer in a 2-dimensional model such as the Political Compass. Perhaps we could marry them in a 3-dimensional model by adding an axis of empathy.

Posted by: HelenRW [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2010 04:54 PM

G.B. Shaw was a moral mutant, an ethical cancer in plus-fours and beard. You can probably get through life in a purely virtuous state by doing the opposite of everything Shaw did and said. Canada, of course, has a festival devoted to this creep.

Posted by: rick mcginnis [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2010 05:34 PM