As the assault on free speech continues within the U.S., freedom-loving Americans can look at our forebears in England as a devastating harbinger of what rampant leftism can cause.
Paul Weston, a political candidate and chairman of Liberty GB Party, found out how limited speech has become in the country during an address he made last weekend in Hampshire.
Perched on the steps of Winchester Guildhall Saturday, he recited a passage from a book by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. At the end of the 19th Century, Churchill penned a book called “The River War,” which included his take on Islam as a young soldier during the Anglo-Sudan War.
Weston merely recited Churchill’s words verbatim as part of his address, which included the assertion that “Mohammedanism” is a “militant and proselytizing faith,” and that no “stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”
To be sure, Churchill’s account included a strong criticism of the faith. The response of Hampshire authorities, however, was a clear sign that any such speech will no longer be accepted. According to a local police spokesperson, Weston was arrested “on suspicion of religious/racial harassment.”
He was given an order to disperse “following complaints from members of the public,” which he reportedly dismissed.
A source within the Liberty GB party offered a statement following the arrest. “Six or seven officers arrived,” the spokesperson said.
“They talked with the people standing nearby, asking questions about what happened. The police had a long discussion with Mr. Weston, lasting about 40 minutes.”
Police then searched him and took him into custody, the source confirmed. Prior to his inquisition and arrest, Weston reportedly quoted the following passage:
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!, wrote Churchill. 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.
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