Free Speech in Danger

Recent events in the UK illustrate the danger to free speech from creeping political correctness.

While everyone has the right of protection from the law from fear of violence and persecution, we should also have the right to have any conversation without the fear of prosecution.

The trouble with the present racial discrimination law is that the right to free speech is threatened by a creeping extension of the meaning of ‘racial discrimination’, to any criticism of Islam, with all its horrendous and deleterious effects in nations around the world.

We see  this plainly in the UK, where Paul Weston, a European election candidate is currently under arrest, accused of religious and racial harassment after quoting from Winston Churchill’s book, ‘The River War’, where Winston is critical of Islam for some of those evil and deleterious effects which he observed for himself in the Sudan, though not as evil as those we see on a worldwide scale today!

We have the right to protect our Western Christian heritage just as much as the Islamic nations, theirs, but that right is under threat from the creeping effects of legislation which were never intended. The suggested amendments will curtail this creeping political correctness.

The following article  is from the British ‘Daily Mail’.

‘Arrested for quoting Winston Churchill: European election candidate accused of religious and racial harassment after he repeats wartime prime minister’s words on Islam during campaign speech’

By Lizzie Parry

‘A candidate in the European elections was arrested on suspicion of racial harrassment after quoting a passage about Islam, written by Winston Churchill, during a campaign speech.

Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB, made the address on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, in Hampshire on Saturday. A member of the public took offence at the quote, taken from Churchill’s The River War and called police.

Liberty GB European candidate Paul Weston, was arrested on the steps of Winchester Guildhall after a member of the public complained about a passage about Islam, quoted from Winston Churchill’s book The River War
Police officers arrested Mr Weston, mid-speech, for failing to comply with their request to move on under the powers of a dispersal order made against him. He was further arrested on suspicion of religious or racial harrassment

Police officers arrested Mr Weston, mid-speech, for failing to comply with their request to move on under the powers of a dispersal order made against him. He was further arrested on suspicion of religious or racial harassment

Officers spent around 40 minutes speaking to Mr Weston on the steps of the Guildhall before he was detained and taken for questioning

 

Officers spent around 40 minutes speaking to Mr Weston on the steps of the Guildhall before he was detained and taken for questioning

The River War by Winston Churchill charts the former Prime Minister's time serving during the Sahdist War in Sudan

The River War by Winston Churchill charts the former Prime Minister’s time serving during the Sahdist War in Sudan.  The passage from the book, written by the wartime Prime Minister and first published in 1899, focuses on Churchill’s observations about Islam while serving during the Anglo-Egyptian reconquest of the Sudan.

Mr Weston told his audience: ‘Improvident habits, slovenly systems of  agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property  exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. ‘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.’

Police officers arrested Mr Weston, mid-speech, for failing to comply with their request to move on under the powers of a dispersal order made against him.

He was further arrested on suspicion of religious or racial harassment.

 
Winston Churchill pictured in 1895 - four years before The River War was first published - in military uniform

 

The former Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote of his experiences while serving in Sudan. He is pictured,  in 1895 – four years before The River War was first published – in his military uniform

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘A  50-year-old man from Dorset was arrested outside Winchester Guildhall at approximately 2.30pm on Saturday, April 26 after he failed to comply  with a section 27 dispersal order.’

 

PASSAGE QUOTED IN FULL

‘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.’

The Liberty GB mission statement reveals what the party believes to be the ‘most important issues of our time’ – namely ‘mass immigration from the Third World, the steady rise of fundamentalist Islam and the hijacking of traditional British culture and institutions by well-organised left-wing progressives’.

From Britain’s Daily Mail, 29/04/14.