On March 4, two worlds that normally clash briefly came together at the Oscars.
It was the world of entertainment, represented by Hollywood, and the world of statesmanship, recognizing the portrayal of one of the 20th century’s most prominent statesmen, England’s Sir Winston Churchill – a man so beloved by Americans, he was given U.S. honorary citizenship on April 9, 1963, with April 9 recognized as “Churchill Day.”
Churchill served as England’s prime minister just prior to World War II – one of that country’s most challenging times in history. While famously forewarning back then that Europe’s survival hinged on fighting an ideology committed to democracy’s destruction and while this year’s Oscars’ recognition was not one of embracing Churchill but, rather, an embrace of one of their own for adeptly portraying him, there was irony in the moment. While Hollywood’s World War II-era elite heeded Churchill’s warning and call to action, some even serving in the military, another warning Churchill gave goes totally unheeded today by Hollywood’s naive elitists.
English actor Gary Oldman received the Best Actor Oscar for playing Churchill in “Darkest Hour” – a political drama occurring in May 1940 during his first month in office. Churchill beat the war drums as the only solution to stopping Germany’s Adolf Hitler, while others sought peace talks, for which he came under attack by his, as well as the opposition’s, party.
Add 78 years to the story line, shift from Britain to America, and an eerily similar political situation exists. Then, as now, we see the Free World leader’s judgment subjected to contentious domestic criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
There was a defining moment in Oldman’s acceptance speech at the Oscars – one distinguishing Hollywood’s elites of yesteryear from today’s. Speaking from the heart, Oldman, born in England, was near tears as he thanked America. He said he was “deeply grateful to her,” recalling that “the movies, such as is their power, captivated a young man from south London, and gave him a dream.”
Comments such as Oldman’s, praising America, would have garnered a standing ovation and applause from a 1940s Oscars crowd in the midst of a world war; unsurprisingly, his comments generated complete silence from today’s Hollywood “despicables.” Sadly, while willing to stand to render honors to fellow thespians, they refused to stand in recognition of a country that has given them such amazing bounty.
It is doubtful many of today’s Hollywood elites even know much about Churchill – especially that he was prophetic in calling out three ideologies seeking democracy’s destruction.
As portrayed in “Darkest Hour,” one of them was Nazism. Churchill’s concerns about it were proven right by World War II, which America helped win.
Also of concern to Churchill was the Soviet Union’s communist ideology, responsible for what he famously described as an “Iron Curtain” descending over Eastern Europe. Those concerns, again, were proven right by the Cold War, which America also helped win.
But Churchill’s concern about a third ideology has been ignored even though it reigns more ominous today than when he first encountered it upon a late 19th century battlefield. We do nothing about this ideology that, like the other two, also seeks our demise. That ideology is Islam – and we blindly ignore it at our peril.
As a 23-year-old British lancer in 1898, Churchill fought Islamic terrorists in the Sudan. The experience so affected him he wrote a book about it the following year.
Unbridled by political correctness, Churchill, in “The River War,” made numerous damning – but honest – assessments about Islam. They reveal that as a religion, it clearly threatens democratic values:
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries (followers)! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. … 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. 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. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”
Sadly, as perceptive as Churchill was about Naziism, communism and Islamism, he has proven wrong about Christianity. Confident 119 years ago that, if not for Christianity’s roots “in the strong arms of science … the civilization of modern Europe might fall,” he reasonably believed Christianity was “here to stay” in Europe.
However, a frightening reality is, as of 2012, in Churchill’s beloved Britain alone, at least 10,000 churches have closed since 1960 – with another 4,000 to close by 2020. Meanwhile, over 1,700 mosques thrive in England – many having replaced churches.
Moreover, as European fertility rates fall well below 2.1 children per family – the birth rate necessary just to maintain native population levels – and Muslim immigrant families experience rates well above it, European culture, society and religion will suffer major change as, it is predicted, some European countries will have Muslim majority populations before this century’s end. And, when that occurs, Europe will undergo what Christianity has undergone in Middle Eastern Muslim majority countries – marginalization or extinction.
In 2016, with the help of the city’s 12 percent Muslim population, London elected its first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan. Unbelievably, Khan labels moderate Muslims opposed to Shariah law “Uncle Toms.” This demonstrates just how far Islam has come in its effort to displace England’s democratic values.
Sir Winston must be rolling over in his grave.