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Teddy Roosevelt reflects on inter-religious dialogue

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Oct 27, 2006

From his 1916 book, Fear God and Take Your Part:

  • The 7th century Christians of Asia and Africa...had trained themselves not to fight, whereas the Moslems were trained to fight.
  • Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of Europe fought the Mohammedans who invaded...
  • From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact it...would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor.

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  • Posted by: Leo XIII727 - Oct. 28, 2006 9:28 AM ET USA

    The lessons of history so quickly slip into the mists of time. Europe has no recollection of the Ottoman Turks at the gates of Vienna, or Islam's medieval penetration into the heart of France. These lessons are no longer taught in our schools; and young people are ignorant of events as recent as WWII. What a shame.

  • Posted by: ladybird - Oct. 27, 2006 5:46 PM ET USA

    Didn't he also send the Marines into Tripoli? And wasn't he the one who said "Talk softly but carry a big stick"? Yeah, too bad, no one teaches and no one studies history anymore. Yet, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Biography Channel do well enough, it seems; so the hunger is surely there!

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 27, 2006 5:09 PM ET USA

    Well, I guess I am not the only one who has been trying to point this out. Especially that first point.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 27, 2006 4:39 PM ET USA

    To the contrary. He wasn't prescient; he was just reading history---along with everybody else of his time. And ours, till political correctness came along and obliterated everything that went before.

  • Posted by: Convert1994 - Oct. 27, 2006 4:25 PM ET USA

    He was a prescient president.

  • Posted by: Catholicity - Oct. 27, 2006 4:24 PM ET USA

    Yeah, and secretary of the interior, too. :)

  • Posted by: - Oct. 27, 2006 3:34 PM ET USA

    Today is October 27th...T.R.'s birthday. How nice that you remembered him today.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 27, 2006 3:12 PM ET USA

    The man was prescient.

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