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'We have lost our moral compass': Lord of the Rings actor fears the end of 'Western European Christian civilization'
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Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies has spoken out about the "extraordinary silence in the West" in the face of the dangers of Islamic extremism. The actor stressed on the weight of political correctness.
MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Rhys-Davies, 71, spoke about modern-day atrocities, including ISIS beheadings in the Middle East.
The actor, who played the dwarf Gimli in the blockbuster trilogy stated, "Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out - I mean not just ideologically but physically."
He warned of how "people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians" and claimed that Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf is "a bestseller in the Middle East."
"Your country and my country (Wales) are doing nothing about it. We have lost our moral compass completely," he stated in an interview. "I think (this is) an age where politicians don't actually say what they believe. They are afraid of being judged as being partisan. Heaven forbid we should criticize people who, after all, share a different "value system."
Further along the conversation, the actor expounded, "This is a unique age. We don't want to be judgmental. Every other age that's come before us has believed exactly the opposite. I mean, T.S. Eliot referred to 'the common pursuit of true judgement.' Yes, that's what it's about. Getting our judgments right, getting them accurate.
"But it's all relevant, it's all equally relative. We're all the same. And God and the devil, they're the same, aren't they, really? Right and wrong? It's really just two faces of the same coin.
"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."
After the serious discussion, Rhys-Davies talked on being offered the part of Sallah, the emotional Arab digger in "Indiana Jones: The Raiders of the Lost Ark." The script, according to him, was "like no other script I had read before," noting how the scenes "read like a comic book." He was also surprised about the script having limited dialogue.
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