British actor John Rhys-Davies, 71, best known for his role as the dwarf Gimli in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, bewailed that the world has sadly lost its moral compass, given the threat of Islamic terrorism and the persecution of Christians almost worldwide.
During a candid interview with Adam Carolla, Rhys-Davies said he believes "we have lost our moral compass completely," expressing fears that the end of "Western European Christian civilisation" is coming soon.
"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," he told his American interviewer.
Carolla replied by saying that the American society in general has become terrified of judging others, and that might have contributed to the inaction on the injustices faced by Christians.
"This notion that we've evolved into a species that's incapable of judging other groups and what they're doing, especially when it's beheading people or setting people on fire or throwing acid in the face of schoolgirls," Carolla said. "I like that kind of judging! That's evolved."
Rhys-Davies could not agree more, saying that people are currently living in an age where "we don't want to be judgmental" and "an age where politicians don't actually say what they believe... Heaven forbid that we should criticise people who, after all, share a different value system."
Aside from the "Lord of the Rings" franchise, Rhys-Davies was also part of the "Indiana Jones" series, playing the charismatic Arab excavator named Sallah. He has two children and lives in Salisbury, England.