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 email@example.com late Tuesday night.
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.