Like an army of Orcs and trolls marching out of Mordor, radical Islam and political correctness are wreaking havoc in the world, according to Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies, known to film fans as Gimli the Dwarf from Lord of the Rings and Sallah from the Indiana Jones movies. Addressing the rise of religious persecution, the 71-year-old actor has taken a stand for Christianity and criticized Muslims in a way that would make Barack Obama’s head explode.
In an interview on Adam Carolla’s podcast, Rhys-Davies was discussing his latest film, Return to the Hiding Place, which tells the story of Jews hiding from the Nazis in Holland during World War II. He then began to discuss the role of good and evil in today’s world, and then called attention to Christian persecution in the Muslim world:
“There is an extraordinary silence in the West. Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out — I mean not just ideologically but physically, and people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians. And your country and my country are doing nothing about it.
“This notion that we’ve evolved into a species that’s incapable of judging other groups and what they are doing, especially when it is beheading people or setting people on fire or throwing acid in the face of schoolgirls — I like that kind of judging. It’s evolved! This is a unique age. We don’t want to be judgmental. Every other age that has come before us has believed exactly the opposite. I mean, T.S. Eliot referred to ‘the common pursuit of true judgment.’ Yes. That’s what it’s about. Getting our judgments right.
“It’s an age where politicians don’t actually say what they believe. They are afraid of being judged as being partisan. Heaven forbid that we should criticize people who, after all, share a different value system….We have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization. I think we’re going to lose Western European Christian civilization, anyway.”
For most actors working in liberal Hollywood, standing up for Christianity and speaking out against Islam and political correctness would be career suicide. Rhys-Davies, however, has no such qualms, and why should he? He’s a beloved actor and his professional reputation is beyond reproach. It has given him a platform to say what he believes in the face of political correctness, and he is taking advantage of it, damn the critics. John Rhys-Davies fears no man.