Don't miss Sun TV's Michael Coren's interview with Liberty GB candidate Paul Weston (click "Read More"), who was arrested in Britain this week for a speech quoting from the following passage by Winston Churchill from 1899 edition of The River Wars (excised from contemporary abridged editions):
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.
I think it was my late friend and historian David Littman who first introduced this powerful passage to me more than a decade ago. It certainly encapsulates the deleterious impact of Islam, and, perhaps more important, it stands as an artifact of the uncensored, unfiltered Western/Christian reaction to Islam as expressed more than a century ago by the literary and political giant Churchill. It is hard to argue with a single point therein. (I remember at the time that the jargon-muffled echoes to be heard in the UN's Arab Human Development Report of 2002 were a little uncanny.)
As Weston tells Coren in the interview, he was "astonished" by the routine, matter-of-fact air about the British police as they processed Weston's Churchillian speech "violation" -- officially, racial/religious harassment -- at the station house. Meanwhile, as Coren and Weston discuss, Muslim rhetoric of hate and even violence is in practice protected from censure by a British state that is petrified of Muslim unrest (jihad).
Another word for such appeasement is submission -- Islam. For resisting submission, Weston is called an "Islamophobe." Since phobia is an irrational fear, and Islam means submission, as he points out, he is supposed to have "an irrational fear of submission."
It is difficult to contemplate the pain these events and so many others like them would certainly cause WC were he alive today.