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A few days ago, the leader of a small political party in England was arrested after speaking on the steps of Guildhall in Winchester. Paul Weston is chairman of Liberty-GB. To see his picture, you would think he is a lawyer or a doctor or a CPA or even a local pastor.
However, Paul Weston must be a rabble-rouser, at the least, or an anarchist, at worst, who advocates the overthrow of the British government. Otherwise, why would the authorities arrest him for his public speech?
He may be a rabble-rouser, but he’s not an anarchist.
The public comments that caused Weston’s arrest on “suspicion of racial harassment,” were much more incendiary than the toppling of the government or the overthrow of the monarchy. Weston was critical of Islam.
On top of that, it wasn’t even Weston’s words which were critical of the world’s most protected and coddled religion and to which the authorities objected. They were the words of none other than Great Britain’s revered favorite son: Sir Winston Churchill.
Mr. Weston read a passage from a book by Churchill entitled The River War. A young Churchill wrote the book around 1899 based on his experiences as a British Army officer during the Mahdist War in the Sudan.
I have long been an admirer of Winston Churchill and have quoted him often on The Hal Lindsey Report. I have also been critical of Mr. Churchill’s complicity in the naive drawing of the borders of the nations of the modern Middle East. Despite those criticisms, however, I have always acknowledged that few men in history had a way of grasping a situation and its implications as thoroughly as Winston Churchill.
That’s why it’s worth noting when Winston Churchill describes Islam by saying, “The influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”
And those are just some of the words that landed Paul Weston in jail.
I think it’s eerily ironic that the two practices you cannot criticize without risking your livelihood, your social standing, or even your life are Islam and homosexuality. But what’s even more bizarre is that if you’re Muslim and live in a society governed by Sharia law, it’s acceptable to not only criticize homosexuality, but execute homosexuals.
And though the Gay movement doesn’t hesitate to publicly crucify – even destroy – anyone who doesn’t “approve” of their agenda, they’re strangely silent when it comes to criticizing Islam for its beliefs and practices.
That’s part of the problem they’re facing over the Beverly Hills Hotel. A company owned by the Sultan of Brunei now owns the famous hotel, home of the even more famous Polo Lounge, long a gathering place of Hollywood’s A-list.
Brunei is a tiny, oil rich country in Southeast Asia. And what the country owns belongs to the Sultan. That’s why he’s one of the world’s richest people.
That’s not the problem, though. His wealth and mind-blowing extravagance (he has 7,000 cars and, probably, his very own parking garage!) alone would make him a really popular guy in Hollywood. But the rub comes when his nation, Brunei, acted in accordance with its Islamic roots and recently instituted laws that include death by stoning for homosexuals and adulterers.
Now, it’s understandable that that news would shake up a lot of folks in Hollywood. If someone stoned all the homosexuals and adulterers there, the place would probably be buried in rocks. Of course, the media is once again focusing on the disapproving celebrities and not on the real story — these shocking laws are just another example of what happens when Islam rules.
And, if Paul Weston’s story is any indication, it may not be long before Islam rules in Great Britain. It’s already secured more than a foothold in other European nations where the Islamic population is growing nine times faster than the non-Islamic population. And, as I shared with you a few weeks ago, Muslims are demanding that they be allowed to live their lives according to Sharia law, not the law of the host nation.
And some Europeans want to capitulate and allow them to do so. But, be warned, that won’t satisfy them. They will demand more and more until, finally, they will demand that the entire nation be governed by Sharia law.
In Nigeria, in an effort to appease radical Muslim groups, the government allowed the northern part of the nation to be subject to Sharia. But that’s not enough to satisfy some Nigerian Muslims. They want the entire nation to submit.
That desire gave birth to a group loosely called Boko Haram. That westernized name is best translated, “Non-Muslim education is forbidden.” However, the formal name of the group includes (in various translations) the words “jihad” or “Holy War.” So you get the idea.
In the last few years, Boko Haram has grown increasingly radical and aggressive. Last month, they raided a girls’ school and kidnapped 276 young women. They were whisked away into a forbidding jungle larger than the state of Indiana.
Boko Haram’s leader has announced that he plans to sell the girls as slaves or child brides, for as little as $12 each. In fact, he insists that he’s acting in accordance with the teachings and traditions of Islam, and on the direction of Allah. And it’s difficult for so-called “moderate” Muslim groups around the world to denounce him because they have to acknowledge that he is, indeed, Koranically-correct.
What makes this heinous crime even more despicable is that no serious observer believes Boko Haram is bluffing. In February, they raided a Christian boys’ school and slaughtered 50 boys. The Muslim jihadists shot some of them in their beds, slit others’ throats, hacked them to death, or locked them in their dorms and burned them alive. Simply because they were Christians and being educated as such.
Some analysts say that Boko Haram has killed more than 10,000 people.
Almost no media reported when the boys were killed. Hundreds of Christians have been slaughtered and their churches burned while the mainstream media and the American government yawned. In fact, the media and the administration ignored the kidnapping of the girls until a frantic social media campaign, mostly on Twitter, shamed them into action.
Why did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refuse to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group, although now she feigns disgust at their actions? I think it’s because President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and a host of other world leaders, past and present, made a strategic choice to get along with Muslim terrorists by giving in to them. Appeasement became the mantra of the day.
Winston Churchill must be spinning in his grave.
I know beyond doubt that, if he were alive today (and based on his life’s example), he would remind us that if we don’t recognize the nature of the enemy and the struggle we’re in, we’ll lose before we even start to resist. As he warned his fellow Britons almost 75 years ago, we must understand WHO and WHAT we’re fighting if we have any hope of winning.
Even former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recognizes this mistake. In an interview on CNN, he said: “The Bush administration didn’t do a good job…. you can’t win a battle of ideas unless you describe the enemy, say who it is, say what’s wrong with it, say what we do and why it”s right. We did that in the Cold War and we defeated Communism. We were tongue-tied over this and the Obama administration is much worse, they won’t even use the word.”
You probably know some “moderate” Muslims. That’s okay. I do, too. They are usually very sweet and courteous. In fact, in The River War, Churchill also wrote that some “individual Moslems may show splendid qualities.” But the fact is, “moderate Muslims” are not “good Muslims.” To the extent that Muslims are moderate, they are not following the literal Koran and the Hadith.
Once again, the media is telling the story in a way that actually protects the source of the problem, and that is Islam itself. Somehow in our politically-correct, multicultural society, we’ve come to confuse “All men are created equal” with the notion that “all ideas are equal.” They are not. Some ideas are just bad. And Islam is a bad idea.
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