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English politician arrested for quoting Churchill's remarks about Islam

Political cartoon after President Obama returned the bust of Churchill to England.
Political cartoon after President Obama returned the bust of Churchill to England.
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On Saturday, April 26, Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB in the UK and candidate in the May 22nd European Elections in the South East, was arrested in Winchester, England, for quoting anti-Islam rhetoric, originally voiced by Winston Churchill.

At around 2 pm on Saturday, Mr. Weston stood on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, addressing the passers-by in the street with a megaphone. He quoted the following excerpt about Islam from the book “The River War” by Winston Churchill: “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.”

England presented President George Bush a bust of Churchill in 2001 to further solidarity with the United States after 9/11. Could Churchill’s negative attitude towards Islam be the reason Obama returned Churchill’s bust back to England?

Reportedly a woman came out of the Guildhall on Saturday and asked Mr. Weston if he had the authorization to make this speech. When he answered that he didn’t, she told him “It’s disgusting!” and then called the police.

After his arrest, he spent several hours in a cell at the Winchester Police Station. The original charge of breaching a Section 27 Dispersal Notice was dropped, and Mr. Weston was “re-arrested” for a Racially Aggravated Crime, under Section 4 of the Public Order Act, which carries a potential prison sentence of 2 years. He was then fingerprinted and obliged to submit to DNA sampling, following which he was bailed with a return date to Winchester Police on May 24th.