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John Rhys-Davies, 'Return to Hiding Place' Star, Slams Islamic Terror

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Actor John Rhys-Davis arrives at the world premiere of the film "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" in New York City, December 5, 2002. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters, file)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 10:29 AM

John Rhys-Davies, the Welsh actor who played the dwarf Gimli in the "Lord of the Rings," decried Islamic terror in a recent interview with Adam Carolla, warning that unless we find our moral compass, "we’re going to lose our civilization."

"There is an extraordinary silence in the West," he said during Carolla's podcast posted Monday night. "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."

Rhys-Davies was on the podcast — rated the most popular podcast in the world by Guinness World Records — to promote his new film, "Return to the Hiding Place," which tells the story of Jews in Holland during World War II.

Carolla joked that if talk show host Bill Maher had been broadcasting in the WWII era, he would have been "screaming" about tolerance in the face of the Nazi threat.

"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!" said Carolla.

"This is a unique age. We don’t want to be judgmental," replied Rhys-Davies.

"It’s an age where politicians don’t actually say what they believe . . . 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," he added.

"Fascism in Europe was destroyed. Japanese imperialism in the Far East was wholly destroyed. They were the greatest generation. They knew what they were fighting for, and they won."

Peter C. Spencer, writer and director of "Return to the Hiding Place," was also a guest on the Monday show.

Variety reported in June that Rhys-Davies will soon appear in a feature-length reboot of "Black Angel," a short film that George Lucas commissioned to accompany screenings of "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980.

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John Rhys-Davies, the Welsh actor who played the dwarf Gimli in the "Lord of the Rings," decried Islamic terror in a recent interview with Adam Carolla, warning that unless we find our moral compass, "we’re going to lose our civilization."
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