In Winchester, England this past Saturday, LibertyGB candidate Paul Weston was arrested for publicly repeating Winston Churchill’s unflattering assessment of Islam.
The words Weston spoke come from Churchill’s book, The River War:
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! 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.
Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die 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. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."
They are Churchill’s words, not Weston’s. If British police are going to arrest for the crime of free speech, they arrested the wrong man. If convicted, Weston could get two years in prison for a “racially aggravated crime” under the Public Order Act.
Here is video of the incident:
I used the Weston arrest as an example in the story, Free Speech Farce: Rise of American Fascism, about how tough it could get for Christian conservatives in this country if curbs on speech continue to grow.
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