(CNSNews.com) – A British man running for office in European Union elections next month was arrested over the weekend while giving a speech in which he quoted a young Winston Churchill’s critical observations about Islam.
Paul Weston, who leads a small anti-immigration party called Liberty GB, says police -- after arresting him in the city of Winchester -- originally cited his refusal to obey a dispersal order, but subsequently booked him for allegedly committing a racially- or religiously-aggravated crime, under section four of Britain’s Public Order Act.
He was fingerprinted, released on bail and told to report to the police on May 24. In the meantime prosecution authorities will decide whether he should be put on trial.
Section four of the act states that conviction for a “racially/religiously aggravated” offense carries a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.
Liberty GB released a video showing Weston, armed with a megaphone, quoting from ‘The River War,” a book written by Churchill about his experiences as a young army officer in Sudan at the turn of the 20th century. The video clip goes on to show police searching him before putting him into a van.
Quoting verbatim (apart from replacing words like “Mohammedanism” with “Islamism”), Weston briefly shared Churchill’s views on Islam, including the way it treats its followers and women.
“The fact that in Islamic law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a wel—a wife, a child, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power amongst men,” he said.
“Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the Islamic religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in this world – and far from being moribund, Islamism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”
Churchill went on to become a Conservative Party member of parliament, cabinet minister, and prime minister from 1940-45 and again from 1951-55.
Britain’s Press Association quoted a county police spokesman as saying a 50-year-old man was arrested after failing to comply with a dispersal order which was “issued following complaints from members of the public about the man's behavior.”
“He was further arrested on suspicion of religious/racial harassment. He has been bailed pending further inquiries to report back to police on May 24.”
Weston’s May 24 date to present himself to the police coincides with the May 22-25 elections for the European Parliament. Weston and two other Liberty GB candidates are standing a constituency in south-east England, which sends 10 members to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
Liberty GB, which was launched last year, says Britain’s mainstream parties refuse to discuss “the most important issues of our time.” It lists these as “mass immigration from the Third World, the steady rise of fundamentalist Islam and the hijacking of traditional British culture and institutions by well-organized left-wing ‘progressives.’”