Note 139
From Chapter 50 of the Decline & Fall

After the conquest of Mecca, the Mahomet of Voltaire imagines and perpetuates the most horrid crimes. The poet confesses, that he is not supported by the truth of history, and can only allege,

que celui qui fait la guerre a sa patrie au nom de Dieu, est capable de tout (Oeuvres de Voltaire, tom. xv. p. 282).

The maxim is neither charitable nor philosophic; and some reverence is surely due to the fame of heroes and the religion of nations. I am informed that a Turkish ambassador at Paris was much scandalized at the representation of this tragedy.

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