Kirkwood Rep. Rick Stream Quotes Churchill in Email, Calls Islam 'Militant and Proselytizing Faith'

The Riverfront Times reports the email was sent this week to Stream's fellow House GOP members, quoting Winston Churchill as a warning about the Muslim faith.

In what a Riverfront Times blog calls a "bizarre email," a message sent to House Republicans this week from Missouri State Representative Rick Stream's account cites Sir Winston Churchill's thoughts about Islam.

The email, which Patch confirmed was forwarded by Stream, from Kirkwood, quotes Churchill: "Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it." The email adds at the end, "Churchill saw it coming..."

RFT reports the email was sent from rick.stream@house.mo.gov late Tuesday night.

Click here to read the email in its entirety, according to RFT.

A request for comment from Stream's office about the content of the message has gone unreturned.

Churchill's quote, the email cites, was taken from a speech written in 1899. 

Antona Brent Smith May 04, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Far right wing, Evangelical Christianity, as practiced by so many people in this country, state, and town, can "paralyze the social development of those who follow it." He was elected to legislate, not to proselytize and that is sometimes what he has been doing the past five years that I have lived in Kirkwood. I believe he should maintain the separation of church and state, it exists for a reason, and should apologize for his email.
Carolyn Vasterling May 04, 2013 at 03:29 PM
If members of the Missouri legislature would devote their time to improving education, approving Medicaid funds from the federal government, quit worrying about gun rights and abortion we would all be better off.
Antona Brent Smith May 04, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Carolyn Right on! Say that again! They have a Creationism bill on their table that Rick (during the Legislative breakfast on Easter Saturday) said wouldn't go anywhere, they have defunded Parents as Teachers, they are fighting the Affordable Care Act, they are fighting the minimum wage, medicaid, and education...and they want us to believe they are caring and compassionate individuals because they are the nice guy from home. They are their to do a job, leave the preaching for church. Separation of church and state exists for a reason.
Norman Steele, M.D. May 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
World Trade Center, 9/11, Ft. Hood,Boston Marathon...... need I go on. There appears to be an obvious pattern here. Representative Stream is correct in pointing out the commonality of these attacks on our citizens. Islam is both a religious and a political force . I hardly consider Evangelical Christianity far right wing , nor do I feel that it is paralyzing our social development. The further development of a social welfare state is what will eventually paralyze our country. Greece, Spain, Cyprus are examples to watch. Dr. Norman Steele
ami christianson May 04, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Carolyn So true. Go to church if you will... but leave religion out of politics.
Keith Davis May 04, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Mr. Steele Islam obviously does have a problem with radicalism and so do some Evangelical Christian denominations. But please tell me what do either have to do with Mr. Stream's responsibilities as a Missouri Legislator? He is constantly putting his religious beliefs into his comments. Is he not supposed to be representing all Missourians in his district? Would it not be best...as our forefathers tried to mandate... that we leave religion out of government? Yes... he's a product of his upbringing…And he lives by Christian values...And yes the majority who voted for him are Christians and I see nothing wrong in voting according to his values... but stop trying to divide support by religion unnecessarily increasing animosities between the electorate. Butch
Antona Brent Smith May 04, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Keith You made the point so much more eloquently than I did. It is when they (Evangelical Christian, overwhelmingly older, white, male) infuse religion into the public dialogue about government that becomes the broader social problem. I am the daughter of a theologian and if it were not for an overly controlling male minister, would be ordained. The point is, we can have our religious beliefs, I certainly do, but we can also remember that the beauty of our country is that we have freedom of and FROM religion in our government. I am really tired of his and others like him infusing their religious beliefs into the conversation when all they are really trying to do is divide and conquer the electorate. I also have issues with how exploitative he is with a certain segment of our community, free hot dogs are not what is needed. Now, I hope he and the others elected to represent all the Missourians of their district, get to the real issues at hand and stop with preaching on the public dime.
Jim W May 04, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Yes Ms. Smith, we want freedom from religious nuts, not bury it in sanitized politically correct prose. That is what this is about. Concentrate on the correct religious nuts, ones that are trying to change ALL of our lives and if that doesn't work, kill us. Your comments lead to a belief that you have a problem with controlling men. Better hope the jihadists don't succeed or you might find a very worse situation.
carol May 04, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Mr. Stream, in his position as a member of the Missouri Legislature, sees it as appropriate to spend his time commenting on religions and religious practices. How is that part of his elected duties?
Jamie Spencer May 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM
I see no problem with a legislator forwarding an interesting article by a thoughtful Englishman. He was sending it to fellow R's not the world. I send articles of interest to friends frequently, Doesnt mean I agree with everything in them.


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