LONDON ELECTS MUSLIM MAYOR (Friday Church News Notes, May 13, 2016, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – For the first time in history, a Muslim has been elected mayor of London. Sadiq Kahn, son of a Pakistani immigrant taxi driver, was elected by a wide margin and sworn in at an interfaith ceremony at the Anglican Southwark Cathedral. Instead of plainly condemning Islamic terrorism in his acceptance speech, Kahn took a swipe at Donald Trump for his reasonable stand against unvetted Muslim immigration, implying that this is evidence of Islamophobia. Kahn says, “I’ll work with London universities to ensure that anti-Semitic or Islamophobic preachers of hate are not welcome” (“I know how discrimination feels,”Times of Israel, Apr. 26, 2016). But there is no such thing as Islamophobia. It was invented by Muslim propagandists to harass and ultimately shut the mouths of their opponents. A phobia is an unreasonable fear, but fear of Islam is not unreasonable, as its own history and most authoritative teachings prove. His talk of promoting interfaith harmony aside, by targeting “Islamophobia” as one of his chief priorities, Kahn demonstrates that he doesn’t want the British people to examine the truth about Islam. In contrast, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote the following in the 1899 two-volume edition of The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan: “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries [followers]! 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 Moslems 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” (The River War, vol. 2, pp. 248-250).