Wednesday, 30 April 2014

How to Get Arrested in Britain, #67

You can now get arrested in Britain and face four years in jail for quoting Churchill. True story. Paul Weston faces 2 years in jail for standing in a town square and quoting this, from Churchill’s 1899 book River War, no less:

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. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. …  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.
    'Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. …  But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

Quite apart from Islam not being a race at all, but a religion, are the censors in the newly politically puritan UK – once the home of free speech – now going to begin burning books as well as arresting speakers?

Modern Britain is a strange place, as the strange but parallel case of Anjem Choudary also suggests.

1 comment:

  1. I take it David Davis MP will be resigning and holding another by-election over this? (didn't think so!)

    Also stand back and hear the deafening silence from all the so-called 'libertarians' in Britain, everybody from Richard Branson to Alan Duncan.

    It will also surprise no one that the number one "Mr Civil Libertarian Grandstander" during the last 50 years - David Steel, former leader of the Liberal party - will have an amazingly selective deafness to this as well, hot on the heals of his 35 year deafness about those Cyril Smith rumours (which he never heard). Fancy that!

    Not all civil liberties are created equal - it is so much easier to scream hysterically about Springbok tours, and mistreatment of IRA terrorists; and Enoch Powell, and ID cards, and call for "Free Nelson Mandela" and go on television and be sanctimonious (because that leads to votes and donations!) whereas when a 'real' issue crops much like hard work.


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