The PJ Tatler

Rhys-Davies: 'We are Losing Our Moral Compass'

Veteran Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies, who appeared as Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, had a few choice words to say about the future of western civilization.

Appearing on The Adam Carolla Show podcast, Rhys-Davies pulled no punches about why he believed the west is in mortal danger.

Daily Mirror:

Rhys-Davies said: ‘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’.

He told his American interviewer: ‘Your country and my country (Wales) are doing nothing about it. We have lost our moral compass completely.’

Carolla suggested political correctness was the culprit, saying: ‘Why is it so evolved not to judge?This notion that we’ve evolved into a species that’s incapable of judging other groups and what they are doing, especially when it’s beheading people or setting people on fire or throwing acid in the face of schoolgirls… I like that kind of judging. That’s evolved!’

Rhys-Davies replied: ‘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.

‘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”.

‘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.

I have read very few clear-headed analyses of the west’s predicament from Europe and even fewer from artists and entertainers. This is significant because, along with intellectuals, authors, and other cultural leaders, it is they who should be front and center in the battle to save the west. Instead, they have lost faith in the goodness and necessity of western civilization and its ultimate triumph over the evil threatening it.

This self-loathing used to be “trendy” and “cool” back in the day. Now, it has placed us all in mortal danger. Can you imagine this bunch of dilettantes and hedonists standing up to the Nazis? Hitler would have made mincemeat of these people.

Rhys-Davies is a lonely voice in the wilderness in Europe, and it’s hard to see how that situation will change. As long as suicidal political correctness dominates the culture, Europe will remain asleep with its head on the chopping block.

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