By William Tyndale
- Demonstration to be held on same day as Bristol Gay Pride Event
- Demonstration to feature speakers from the EDL LGBT Division
The EDL are going to Bristol. We are going to Bristol because we wish to draw public attention to Islamic grooming, the refusal of Muslims to integrate into British society and the increasing attacks by Muslims on non-Muslim Britons.
We are coming to Bristol to raise awareness of these problems and to call for a unified country under one democratic government, one law and one society grounded in British culture and traditions.
We want to call attention to the creeping Islamisation of Britain, with the increased use of halal meat whether non-Muslims want it or not.
We want to make people aware that our way of life and our culture are under threat from people who don’t care for our culture, country or humanity. They don’t care for our religions, politics, way of life, culture or traditions. They want to recreate 7th Century Arabia in Britain and they will lie, subvert and even kill to do it.
These people cannot tolerate what we tolerate. They hate what we love, especially democracy, freedom of speech, thought, religion and politics.
On the day that we intend to march in Bristol, the city will be celebrating a diversity event with a gay and lesbian parade. This is an annual event that has attracted large numbers and has in the past been peaceful and fun. But because we have decided that we are going to Bristol on the same day, a group of Bristol journalists and councillors have mounted a huge offensive of lies and distortions against us in an attempt to have the protest banned and turn people away.
They are using lies and scare tactics to achieve their aims. But they will not succeed – the march will go ahead and it will be well attended. How many people, though, will be put off from supporting our position and joining our march because of these lies?
Let me address the lies and distortions. The first lie that is continually voiced about us, especially by left-wing NUJ journalists, is that we are ‘far-right’. It’s an old communist trick of using an offensive label with the aim of either killing debate or denigrating a group and their views, thus invalidating them in the eyes of the public. But are we far-right? We are a street movement made up of a largely working-class base of supporters. We cover a wide range of political views, but all of us, left-wing, conservative, liberal, centrist, whatever – we all believe in the rule of law and democracy. We object to, and reject completely, the totalitarian politics of both the far Right and the far Left.
So why are we called ‘far-right’? Could it be because of another label that is attached to us unfairly and dishonestly, the ‘racist’ label? We believe in controlling and reducing immigration into Britain, especially from Islamic states from where largely uneducated and unskilled people are coming to this country who do not contribute to the national well-being. But according to some sections of the media and many politicians, just talking about immigration makes us racist.
We are certainly not an exclusive group, having black, white and Asians within our ranks. Our motto ‘Black and White Unite’ certainly identifies the fact that we believe in a multi-racial Britain. We have never declared support for any racist agenda such as repatriation or exclusion from Britain based on race or skin colour, and we certainly have no plans to do so.
None of this is difficult to find out, but labels like ‘racist’ or ‘fascist’ do a good job of deterring people from investigating and finding out for themselves. This is exactly what happened in Rochdale recently with the Muslim grooming gangs. The police and authorities had known about this problem for nearly 20 years and yet did nothing to stop it, with the excuse that the media and politicians might have labelled them racist. The fact that they can no longer cover it up has not put a stop to their lies about people who raise these concerns though, they simply continue to try to label such people and such groups as racist, or far-right, or fascist.
Another lie that has appeared in the Bristol area is that we are going to Bristol to target Muslim communities and the Somali communities in particular. In all of the three years of the EDL’s existence, the EDL has never targeted Muslims, nor Muslim communities and their mosques. This is yet another lie that is often put out by groups like the Socialist Workers Party and the UAF before each and every EDL protest in an attempt to deliberately stir up anger, resentment and violence. It is the state-sponsored thugs of the UAF or the Socialist Workers Party, who conceal their true agenda under the banner of ‘anti-fascism’ and who bring violence and bigotry to towns and cities wherever any person or group they don’t like appears, be it Geert Wilders, the EDL, the non-political March for England or Stop the Islamisation of Europe (SIOE).
The article on the ‘Bristol24/7 website’ uses such emotive terms as ‘hate group’ in describing the EDL and yet, objectively, what has the EDL done or said so far that could be viewed as hateful?
Is it hateful to highlight the fact that Islam is the motivation behind the sudden and unprecedented rash of cases of sexual grooming across the country? A crime that is, in nearly every incident, carried out by gangs of Muslims.
We have stated time and time again, it’s not the Muslim community who are all to blame, but the teachings of Islam. For this, we are labelled as a hate group. In times gone by we hated communists but we didn’t hate Russians for the excesses of the communist leaders. Neither did we hate German people for what the Nazis did. So it is with Muslims, we disagree with the ideology not the people. That is not being hateful. If something is dangerous to the health of a person, is it hateful to bring it to the attention of potential victims? Of course it isn’t.
Another of the lies that is being spread is that we somehow hate the gay and lesbian community. No evidence for this has ever been put forward. Yet this lie is circulated as if it were fact. This is despite the fact that we have a growing and well-supported division of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people among our members who march with us under an LGBT banner. Do not forget that we were the ones in Tower Hamlets who had the LGBT community marching with us, whilst some left-wing LGBT apologists for Islam were being threatened and intimidated by the very people they were ‘defending’. Even Peter Tatchell observed:
There was also hostility from a minority of Muslims who were part of the anti-EDL demonstration, including attempts to snatch and rip my placard. These fanatics mostly objected to the slogan: “Gays & Muslims UNITE! Stop the EDL”. I was surrounded several times throughout the day by angry Muslim youths who ordered me: “You must remove this placard… You can’t walk here with these words… We don’t allow gays in this area… Gays are not permitted here… We don’t have gays in Tower Hamlets.”
When I suggested that the LGBT Muslims must also be defended against the EDL, I was told: “Gays can’t be Muslims… We will never accept them (LGBT Muslims)… They can’t come around here… We won’t allow it.”
Sadly, he didn’t seem to get the hint. He continues…
I suggested that love and compassion were core Islamic values and that even if Muslims personally disapproved of homosexuality, there is nothing in the Qur’an that sanctions hatred or discrimination against LGBT people.
Well Peter, for your information, and for the Bristol Councillors who believe that Islam doesn’t sanction hatred or discrimination against homosexuals, here is something that might open your eyes:
…For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds… And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone).
Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing.
If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, leave them alone.
…and from the hadith (acts of Mohammed):
Abu Dawud (4462) -The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.”
Abu Dawud (4448) – “If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.”
It seems that Peter Tatchell is profoundly ignorant of the Qur’an and its teachings, and it is incredibly dishonest for him to imply that the LGBT community will find many passionate supporters in the Muslim community. In fact, a 2006-2007 Populus survey of 1,003 British Muslims that found that 61% believed that homosexuality should be illegal!
Despite this, Councillor Mark Bradshaw of Bristol Council said, “For this [the EDL demo] to happen on the same day as Bristol Pride makes a mockery of the celebration of diversity and inclusion that is Pride.” Well, Cllr. Bradshaw, where is the celebration of diversity and pride when one entire section of the community cuts itself off from the rest of society? Where is the pride when women are forced to wear black tents, and are insulted and abused when they choose not to? What ‘diversity’ is being celebrated when one group demands special treatment from the rest of society? Where is the pride when we give in to the demands of this vociferous, violent group?
It is not the EDL that divides communities, nor is it the EDL that demands separate law courts for a specific section of society. There is only one section of the community that does not think that the Gay Pride celebrations should go ahead, and it isn’t the EDL. Who are the real peddlers of hate, the EDL or the councillors and journalists who tell lies about people who have genuine concerns?
The EDL march will go ahead in July as planned. However, as with other events that have clashed with EDL demonstrations in the past, we have worked with the police and the organisers of the LGBT celebrations and have agreed to change the time of our event so as not to clash with theirs. The police are happy, the LGBT community are happy. In fact, members of the EDL LGBT Division will be speakers at both events, and they invite the LGBT community to come and march in support with us.
One nation, one law under a democratic government is what we want, and a land in which Britons of any colour, race, creed, religious belief and political persuasion can live and practise whatever politics or religious beliefs they have without interference from any other political or religious group. Islamists don’t like that, and neither do the councillors of Bristol apparently. But if you do, dear reader, then join us on the 14th of July, march with pride and celebrate real diversity of race, religion and culture with the EDL.