We’re not angry, we’re very disappointed…
The recent arrest of EDL Leader Tommy Robinson really stinks.
It stinks because it has so obviously come about as a result of political pressure.
It stinks because he is currently being held alongside numerous Muslim inmates who have already made it clear that they don’t exactly wish him well.
And it stinks because it is all part of a long-fought campaign to silence both Tommy and the EDL.
Tommy has been dragged from one court to another – almost always without any serious chance of conviction – simply in order to help disrupt our activities and to prevent us from voicing our legitimate concerns about the spread of Islamic extremism.
In one sense it works, because it means we have to spend a lot of time and money on legal appeals, when we would much rather spend it on serious campaigning and on organising demonstrations.
But at the same time it does bring a lot of attention to our cause. The treatment of Tommy by the authorities demonstrates how political power can be abused and how freedom of speech can be suppressed. It demonstrates how a two tier system can operate and how important principles like equality under the law can be forgotten.
The danger, however, is that people focus too much on these particular abuses, and forget about the message, about what we actually stand for.
This is encouraged by our opponents – by Islamists, the far Left, and others who care more about demonising people than they do having a fair and open debate.
They call us names – ‘racists’, ‘fascists’, ‘Islamophobes’ – none of which actually describe what we believe or what we stand for, but which are hard to dispel.
Their job is made far easier whenever we do not show a united front. That’s why it’s important that we continue to stand strong and remind people what we stand for.
We’re not fighting for a society that discriminates based on race, religion, or anything else. We are simply fighting to safeguard the rights and freedoms that we believe are in danger.
We’re not like the BNP, never have been like the BNP, and never will be like the BNP.
In fact, we are one of the most important forces in the battle against far Right extremism.
We are opposed to the far Right, the far Left and Islamic extremists. But let’s not pretend that Islamic extremism isn’t by far the most dangerous threat we face.
We’ve received numerous threats from extremists on both the far Right and the far Left, but both groups remain on the fringes of society, unable to cause anyone too much serious concern.
The same is not true of Islamic extremists. It was not the far Right that were caught attempting to transport a bomb to our Dewsbury demonstration, and is not the far Left that we read about committing terrorist atrocities every single week.
The sad fact is that British Muslims should be our most important allies in the battle against Islamic extremism, but too often they either are unwilling or unable to make any meaningful efforts to reform their community.
Reform is needed because Islam keeps producing all manner of different types of extremist: from terrorists and terrorist financiers, to grooming gangs and Islamist hate preachers. But how many people can name a single Muslim organisation dedicated to reform?
Only the Ahmadiyya (a small Muslim sect) can be counted on to fully reject extremism.
When someone draws a cartoon or makes a film that Muslims do not like there are violent protests. And our government and media respond not by defending freedom of speech, but by considering whether it should be limited. They criticise not the angry mob, nor those pushing for censorship, but the cartoonist or filmmaker that ‘provoked’ such a response.
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