Paul Weston – Victim of Sharia: Arrested For Quoting Winston Churchill

By • on April 29, 2014
Paul Weston: Arrested for quoting Churchill in the UK

Paul Weston: Arrested for quoting Churchill in the UK

On 26 April 2014 Liberty GB’s European parliamentary election candidate Paul Weston was arrested in Winchester for quoting Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill.  He was arrested simply because a member of the public exercised the now legally enshrined heckler’s veto and got the police to shut him up!  This is a clear illustration of how basic freedoms have been destroyed in the United Kingdom.  Furthermore, this latest arrest demonstrates how sharia law is becoming deeply embedded in the British legal system. ICLA launched its Victims of Sharia Action Network (VOSAN) in 2013 to monitor these types of occurrences.  In view of this recent incident we now recognise that Mr Weston has become the latest Victim of Sharia in the UK – under sharia principles any criticism of Islam banned.

In Pakistan, which also has provisions in its legal system to criminalize criticism of Islamic principles, this has resulted in persecution of non-Muslims by the courts.  There is now the danger that non-Muslims in Britain can now be similarly persecuted.  Rather than protecting freedom of religion the new age blasphemy laws, that are a now a recurrent feature of Western legal systems, undermine freedom of religious while simultaneously doing the same to freedom of expression.  If such laws can be applied in such a draconian way in the UK then they are clearly laws that are in urgent need of repeal.

The following clip shows Mr Weston explaining what happened to him while being interviewed by a North American news show:

One of ICLA’s core concerns is the rapid erosion of freedom of expression across the Western world.  Things are getting particularly repressive in the United Kingdom, the spiritual home of the freedoms that are now under concerted attack.  In our involvement at the Human Dimension meetings of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) we have noticed that a great deal attention has been focused on former Soviet Republics but little attention to human rights abuses in Western countries.  We call upon this bias to be remedied.  The right to freedom of expression is guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights but these documents are obviously no longer respected in counties such as the UK.

If a man can be arrested for quoting one of Britain’s most revered leaders then freedom of expression can no longer be said to exist in countries like the UK.  Churchill, one of the most vociferous critics of fascism in the 1930s would undoubtedly be appalled about the crackdown on basic freedoms in his own country.

Legacy media coverage of this very important story has been limited, e.g. Daily Mail, The Telegraph, and BBC.  It will be revealing about the motives of the media if the story does not make the paper versions of the newspapers above or onto the BBC Six O’clock news.  After all, the story demonstrates clearly an attack on the most basic freedoms of the British people, surely more important than many of the relatively trivial matters that are given prominence on the TV news.


Coverage of the story:

26 April

The Churchill Bust (Mark Steyn, 26 April 2014)

Winchester: Churchill Quotation gets Liberty GB Leader Paul Weston Arrested (Liberty GB, 26 April 2014)

27 April

“A Racially Aggravated Crime Under Section 4 of the Public Order Act” (Gates of Vienna, 27 April 2014)

The UK in the Balance (Power Line, 27 April 2014)

If you quote Winston Churchill on this topic, you could go to jail in modern-day Great Britain (The Blaze, 27 April 2014)

Another Englishman (LGB’s Paul Weston) arrested for telling the truth? (4 Freedoms, 27 April 2014)

Churchill Quotation on Evils of Islam Gets UK Man Arrested (Frontpage Mag, 27 April 2014)

UK: Churchill quotation gets Liberty GB leader Paul Weston arrested (Act for Canada, 27 April 2014)

Quoting Churchill In Great Britain Will Get You Arrested (, 27 April 2014)

No WSC Please, We’re British: English police arrest politician for quoting Winston Churchill on Islam (Daphne Anson, 27 April 2014)

28 April

UK politician arrested after making speech quoting Winston Churchill views on Islam (Irish Independent, 28 April 2014)

UK Cops Arrest Man for Quoting Winston Churchill (Breitbart, 28 April 2014)

Euro candidate Paul Weston arrested over Islam remarks (BBC, 28 April 2014)

The arrest of Paul Weston (Harry’s Place, 28 April 2014)

UK politician arrested for quoting Churchill, could face 2 years in prison (American Thinker, 28 April 2014)

Arrested for quoting Winston Churchill: European election candidate accused of religious and racial harassment after he repeats wartime prime minister’s words on Islam during campaign speech (Mail Online, 28 April 2014)

Election candidate arrested over Churchill speech (The Telegraph, 28 April 2014)

Euro election candidate arrested after quoting Churchill (ITV, 28 April 2014)

Arrested for quoting Winston Churchill (Archbishop Cranmer, 28 April 2014)

Paul Weston arrested on suspicion of religious or racial harassment (Islamophobia Watch, 28 April 2014)

Euro election candidate Paul Weston arrested in Winchester (Hampshire Chronicle, 28 April 2014)

Euro election candidate arrested in race row storm (Dorset Echo, 28 April 2014)

European election candidate from Dorset arrested on suspicion of ‘religious or racial harassment’ (Daily Echo, 28 April 2014)

UK Politician Arrested for Quoting Churchill on Islam (Assyrian International News Agency, 28 April 2014)

Winston Churchill: Hate Criminal! (Libertarian Alliance, 28 April 2014)

29 April

Quoting Winston Churchill’s criticism of Islam contributes to U.K. politician’s arrest (The Washington Times, 29 April 2014)

UK party leader arrested for quoting Churchill on Islam (RT, 29 April 2014)

Liberty GB’s leader arrested for racial harassment after quoting Churchill during Winchester speech (Western Daily Press, 29 April 2014)

Britain has just witnessed a political arrest. Where is the liberal outrage? (Daniel Hannan, The Telegraph, 29 April 2014)

Modern manners: man arrested for quoting Winston Churchill (Herald Sun, 29 April 2014)

Paul Weston arrested for quoting Winston Churchill (Winds of Jihad, 29 April 2014)

Hate Speech: U.K. Political Leader Arrested for Quoting Winston Churchill (The New American, 29 April 2014)

Election Candidate Arrested in Britain After Quoting Churchill’s Criticisms of Islam (, 29 April 2014)

British politician arrested after speech quoting Churchill’s take on Islam (Fox News, 29 April 2014)

Quoting Winston Churchill Deemed Illegal In Britain (Western Journalism, 29 April 2014)

Liberty Candidate Paul Weston Arrested For Insulting Islam By Quoting Churchill (The Global Dispatch, 29 April 2014)

Chilling: UK Politician Arrested for Quoting Churchill (, 29 April 2014)

Paul Weston – Victim Of Sharia: Arrested For Quoting Winston Churchill (, 29 April 2014)

30 April

People power on racism trumps police action (Herald Sun, 30 April 2014)

Paul Weston – Victim of Sharia: Arrested For Quoting Winston Churchill (Right Side News, 30 April 2014)

Do we really believe in free speech? The Weston Case (Harry’s Place, 30 April 2014)

EU Candidate Gets Arrested While Quoting Winston Churchill On Islam (Religious Freedom Coalition, 30 April 2014)

Arrest Winston Churchill (Dale Hurd, CBN, 30 April 2014)

Man Arrested For Criticizing Islam ( 30 April 2014)

National and International Outrage for Paul Weston’s Arrest (Liberty GB, 30 April)

1 May

British police arrest man for quoting Winston Churchill in public  (Digital Journal, 1 May 2014)

Arrestato in Gb, stava leggendo un brano di Churchill sull’Islam (ItaliaOggi, 1 May 2014)

MEP Daniel Hannan believes opposing candidate’s arrest was wrong (Southern Daily Echo, 1 May 2014)

Dutch Foreign Minister Questioned About the Paul Weston Case (Gates of Vienna, 1 May 2014)

PVV vragen over arrestatie Britse politicus (PVV, 1 May 2014) – Refer’s to the ICLA article above)

Arrested for quoting Churchill? (, 1 May 2014)

Do not fear that Paul Weston will be brought to trial for quoting Churchill on Islam (Samizdata, 1 May 2014)

British politician arrested, charged with ‘racial hate’ for quoting Churchill’s views on Islam (LifeSiteNews, 1 May 2014)

2 May

Paul Weston’s Arrest Over Quoting Churchill Has Become a Global Scandal (Winds of Jihad, 2 May 2014)

Churchill, Hitler and Islam (Gates of Vienna, 2 May)

Arresting Churchill (FrontPage Mag, 2 May 2014)


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