Paul Weston is the chairman of the Liberty GB Party in the United Kingdom. Despite the name, Liberty GB seems to have a fascist agenda. Liberty GB’s mission statement reads:
The Liberal Democrats, Labour and Conservatives manifestly refuse to discuss the most important issues of our time, namely mass immigration from the EU and Third World, the steady rise of fundamentalist Islam and the hijacking of traditional British culture and institutions by well-organised left-wing ‘progressives’. There is no guarantee at such a late stage that Britain can be saved, but Liberty GB will endeavour to put a stop to our rapidly accelerating descent into economic, educational, moral, cultural and social ruin. Britain could be a wonderful country again, but it will take politics bordering on the revolutionary to achieve this vision.
So they’re a fascist party. Why are we even talking about them?
Despite the Liberty GB Party having very little to do with liberty there is an issue in the United Kingdom that many people are unaware of. It is the stifling of liberty due to authoritarian censorship laws.
Paul Weston was recently arrested at the Winchester Guildhall for reading a passage from former Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s book The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. He faces the potential of two years in prison for charges of “religious or racial harassment.”
This is one of many “blasphemy laws” that prohibit free forms of expression if perceived to cause religious offense. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, one of the more notorious modern blasphemy laws, prohibits vague and subjective forms of expression such as “[an attempt] to stir up religious hatred.” (Section 29B)
While we might not agree with Paul Watons’s fascist agenda this is an important issue for any individual who holds a strong opinion on religion. If you believe that, say, “religion is the opium of the people” this may apply to you. And even if you don’t believe this — even if you have a positive view on religion — as long as you support an individuals’ right to criticize religion then this should be important to you.
This is a quote from Churchill’s The River War:
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. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. 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.
You can be arrested for reading this in a public place in the United Kingdom.
That is the only point.
Paul Weston describes the event: