It was reported recently that Italian authorities covered up naked statues exhibited at a world-famous museum in Rome for an official visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The vast censorship effort was reportedly implemented as a show of "respect" to Rouhani (because he really deserves it), out of fears that the exposed private parts of ancient Roman gods could offend Iranian (i.e. Shi'ite Islamic) sensitivity. Wine was also banned from official receptions.
Starting in the latter half of the twentieth century, the Western world has lost appreciation for its values, heritage and culture, and seems to express a deep shame - and even hatred - for it on a regular basis. Consequently, we seem to have adopted a general rule of thumb that goes something like this: "When in Islamic countries, observe Islamic values; when in our own countries, observe Islamic values". Hence, the kind of fawning, self-abasing dhimmitude we have just seen in Italy.
Winston Churchill, on the other hand, was a man who loved Western civilisation, and knew that Islam was a threat to it, and that kowtowing before Muslim demands and "sensitivities" was a disastrous thing to do. He wrote eloquently of the weaknesses of the Islamic outlook, and clear-sightedly compared the Qur'an to Mein Kampf.
He also had a marvelous response when confronted with supremacist Muslim demands to "respect" their values even when they were the ones who were visiting him, and should have been respecting his values.
Prior to a meeting in Egypt in 1945, the Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud sent word to Churchill that “the King could not allow drinking or smoking in his presence”. Churchill replied:
I was the host and I said that if it was his religion that made him say such things, my religion prescribed as an absolute sacred ritual smoking cigars and drinking alcohol before, after and if need be during, all meals and the intervals between them. Complete surrender.
Such bold defiance in the face of religiously-inspired intolerance stands in stark contrast to the Western leaders of today - who allow Islam unlimited access into the West before inviting it to trample on our customs and heritage.