Edmund Burke Quotes

We should exclude murderous atheists, who would pull down Church and state; religion and God; morality and happiness .... When they smile, I see blood trickling down their faces; I see their insidious purposes; I see that the object of all their cajoling is—blood! I now warn my countrymen to beware of these execrable philosophers, whose only object it is to destroy every thing that is good here, and to establish immorality and murder by precept and example.

 
Context
Throughout history when large numbers of immigrants and refugees arrive, many forces of nativism and anti-foreigner sentiment spring up and pressure the politicians to restict the number of immigrants and "protect" the society from their evils. The famed rights of England wold not be granted to French "atheists" who would destry society. The Trumpian anti-immigrant hyperbole of 2017 was not terribley different from the exagerations of the leading English politicians of 120 years earlier.
Citations

Edmund Burke, Parliamentary Debate on the Aliens Bill, December 28, 1792

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Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke
  • Born: January 12, 1729
  • Died: July 9, 1797
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Statesman

Edmund Burke was an Irish statesman born in Dublin, as well as an author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, who after moving to London in 1750 served as a member of parliament (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons with the Whig Party.