A man quotes Winston Churchill in England and is immediately arrested.

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The fall of western civilization: A man quotes Winston Churchill in England and is immediately arrested.


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  • Cotour

    This is the fundamental problem with the lefts un-tempered intellectualized interpretation of reality. They are forever unable or forbidden to “see” what is plain cold, hard fact, observant Muslims must ultimately defer to their religion first and their intellect (democracy) second. This mismatch in sensibility leaves the more civilized, intellectualized world open to destruction from within.

    There in lies the Inherent weakness within the Constitution, if Islam is defined as a religion it in time will gain a firm hold within in government. What am I saying “in time” time has arrived!

    Plain thinking people like Churchill are turned to when all else turns to crap, when the wish-full intellectualized reality that we all would like to be true collides head long into reality and the true nature of man.

  • mpthompson

    The future for the UK looks pretty bleak. Either complete submission to Islam or bloody civil war after the British people finally wake up in a country they no longer recognize. Is there another alternative?

  • Orion314

    Religion is a mental disorder.

  • Cotour

    If I may, let me adjust your statement a bit.

    Religious zealotry is a mental disorder and serves man as a political tool of manipulation and cultural control.

    There is nothing wrong with having respect for an individual or having a personal belief in a higher power, a GOD, a creator or even the Big Electron as George Carlin might say. When religion is blindly and irrationally followed and used as a tool of control in order to ensure strict adherence to rules created by man in the interest of man than nothing but evil can ultimately come from it. There in lies abuse of power and perverted purposes.

    ALL religions have elements of this condition and tendency, Islam stands head and shoulders with the most abusive. (the Koran is a handbook designed to control what could not be controlled, the Arabian tribes) That is why the founders clearly made the differentiation between a personal belief in God or a Creator and religion. Two totally different things that most people put in the same box. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

    Everyone can develop an understanding of existence in this surprisingly wonderful, mysterious and sometimes dangerous universe we all find ourselves existing in and come to appreciate that there well may (or may not) be “something else” at play. However, what ever your conclusion may be the founders had respect for your personal conclusion but not religion which is something else, it is politics and control, exactly what they were designing to counter balance. And at that point there must be a bright line drawn and it must not be crossed.

    I reiterate, the American Constitution, ahead of its time and brilliant! Everyone should have one.

  • Orion314

    to quote Ghandi when asked what he thought of Christianity…”I thinks it’s a good idea , that is, if anybody bothered to try it” ….same for the American Constitution….

  • Cotour

    Again, Christianity is a religion constructed by man and open to abuses of power and convenient interpretation by men that endeavor to claim “God” or the “Creator” as their own in order to control other men (government).

    The Constitution, while under the pressure to change is designed specifically for that pressure it finds itself under and it is the individual citizens that must participate and rectify what must be rectified or suffer the consequences of their ignorance.

    Mr. Ghandi makes a very good point about Christianity, a point that can be also applied to all other religions. All of their religious intents can, will and are perverted to serve the culture from which they have emerged. This is the subjective abuse of power hiding under the self righteous cloak of religion and the reason that religion must be properly separated from the concept of a “God” or “Creator”, one from the other.

    Choose not to make and understand the distinction and continue to propagate the confusing paradigm of division and control and it will remain right where it has been for the last 10,000 years..

  • Cotour

    An example of how the “religion of peace” is interpreted by its adherent’s. They of course own their women as property and are to be done with what ever they deem appropriate.


  • Pzatchok

    The fact is a non Brit walked into Britain and started ranting.

    Sorry but just like in MANY if not most nations of the world. Non citizens do not get the same rights as citizens.

    The man is in fact a politician and knows this.

    Its also pretty well known that politicians speaking in countries other than their own are even more constrained about what they can say in public.

    Let me put a finer point on this. The mans a wanker. He did it just to get arrested for the attention.

  • So do I understand you correctly? You approve of someone being arrested for something they said, just because they happen to be annoying to you or to others?

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