Doing the Dewsbury shuffle

Britain First have just published their report of yesterday’s shambolic shuffle through Dewsbury.

BF Dewsbury sleet storm

A maximum of 119 pseudo-patriots (AKA racist thugs) braved the sleet (BF had promised them fine weather).

BF Dewsbury weather forecast

We don’t know which forecast service they were using to dupe their gullible followers but even with that ridiculous lie they still couldn’t muster many. They got less attendees than the 130 or so they had at Burton which itself was less than previous marches. Their numbers are in decline and they know it. That’s why they hadn’t bothered to book a large venue for their ‘Britannia social’ in a local pub. They knew well in advance that hardly anyone would bother to attend.

BF Dewsbury Jan 30 2016 speeches small crowd

It’s worth noting the camera angle in the photographs they published on the BF website. It’s not really usual to take pictures looking up at the backs of protestors so we need to ask just what the photographer was trying to achieve. We think there are two reasons.

BF Golding Dewsbury Town Hall steps out of boundsFirstly – it makes it impossible to get a sense of just how few participants there were at Dewsbury yesterday.

Secondly – the angle gives the impression that the rally was held at Dewsbury Town Hall. The Biffers have long tried to make speeches from the steps of Town Halls a symbolic representation of ‘taking over’ the town itself. In this case though they were prevented from using council property and a line of police ensured that no Biffer got to stand on the coveted Town Hall steps.

This picture shows not only the fact that Grassing Golding is forced to remain at ground level (an unpopular choice for any speaker) but you can even see the temporary fencing used to cordon off the steps and the Police line ensuring that the barrier is respected. Despite the Biffer rhetoric it’s clear that Dewsbury’s council wanted no part of Britain Frist’s racist shenanigans and were prepared to go to unusual lengths to distance themselves from these outsiders’ attempts to ‘take back ‘their’ town’.

Unsurprisingly, Britain first has blamed the Police for their lack of attendance.

BF Dewsbury police turn away patriots claim

The truth is, of course far more obvious than that. They’re a bunch of sad racist cockwombles led by cynical, profiteering wannabes who have nothing to offer this country except hatred and division. That’s why nobody turned up. Britain First don’t represent the people of this country as they claim. Most people actually see them as irrelevant to their everyday lives. The majority of those who do notice them have no time for their divisive rhetoric or their aggressive, attention-seeking publicity stunts.

The speeches were predictable and the assembled band of shivering, sycophantic cockwombles must have wondered why they’d bothered coming to hear the same sad statements from the same sad people. There are only so many times you can say the same thing without it getting old and boring, Paulie.

BF Dewsbury speeches Jim Dowson sermon

Perhaps the most entertaining part of the day for us was Jim Dowson’s ‘sermon’. Like a cross between Tony Hancock and Billy Graham this demented hate preacher treated the decidedly unreligious crowd to a quite bizarre selection of cherry-picked Bible verses. His interpretation of god’s hatred for unbelievers was about as far at odds with modern Christianity as it’s possible to get. Not that it mattered – nobody in the crowd had ever picked up a Bible anyway so they had no way of knowing just how far from the reality of the faith this ranting, rambling reprobate was leading them.

Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen was no more original. As usual she talked about Zakat, Jihad, Terrorism and Satan. Suicide bombers and disinterested Police came under fire as she claimed that only Britain First could save UK from the evil Islamist. Her evidence for this, we could hardly stop laughing at this point, was American racist, Donald Trump!

Her words fairly dripped with paranoia about smelly lefties, Muslims wanting to kill us and, of course sex crime. Equally as usual tried to pretend that it’s all the fault of ‘evil Muslims’. To hear her shriek, you’d think that no Christian, white man had ever committed rape or abused a child. More despicably, she’d have you think that no brown Muslim man hadn’t. And make no mistake – equating colour and religion are very much part of Britain First’s modus operandi. They may claim otherwise but it’s clear from their many media comments that their real issue is skin colour – Islam is just a convenient cover for them to pretend that they’re not racist.

BF Dewsbury Jan 30 2016 speeches Jayda Fransen

Blasphemously she ranted about how other Christians didn’t recognise her role as defender of the faith and the ‘temple’ of Britain. But she’s only worried about our souls, of course. The Messiah complex was particularly strong as she condemned every mainstream denomination of Christian in UK for not joining the Biffers. Everybody else is going to Hell, apparently!

Eventually she got to the point. The solution was simple. Ban Islam. The crowd then took up a brief, sorry chant of ‘No more mosques’. It remains to be seen whether or not that was in breach of the restrictions imposed upon them that banned them from carrying the ‘No more mosques’ banner and also banned similair hate speech.

EBF BF Niemoller Christian condemnation

After the speeches the soggy, bedraggled Biffers shuffled off to the Prince of Orange pub for a boozy evening congratulating themselves on their bigotry. The room was small, showing that they’d anticipated this poor turnout (nothing to do with the Police turning people away) and the plastic glasses give a very clear indication of just what the pub landlord expected from this rabble of rowdy revellers. We can’t say we blame him. Would you trust this lot to behave themselves?

BF Dewsbury Britannia social Jan 30 2016 plastic glasses

Churches condemn unChristian Biffers

Just as Britain First was preparing to carry its weaponised crosses through Dewsbury in the name of Jesus this article condemning their racist crusade was published. It carries criticisms of Britain First from almost every major Christian organisation in the country. Official statements from just about everyone who knows anything about Christianity demonstrate just how united Christians are in their opposition to the divisive, anti-ecumenical message of Folding Golding and Dutchy Fransen.

Just as Jim Dowson prepared to reprise his rabble-rousing ‘sermon’ distorting Christ’s message of love and peace into a clarion call for hatred and violence representatives of various denominations decried his message of destruction.

BF church do not speak for Christians Golding

Just as Folding Golding get ready to give Muslims in West Yorkshire a right good telling off for having the audacity to exist, religious representatives throughout UK came together in a show of unity that the far right can only dream of.

Not so very long ago Jim Dowson was talking about tapping into the Christian churches as a way of mobilising their combined congregations behind Britain First’s racist cause. He almost got what he wanted. They combined, alright – but not in the way Dowson had hoped.

Britain First has awoken a sleeping giant. The Christian community has become aware of the threat of fascism that Britain First represents in a massive way and they’re not happy.

Some time ago we developed a briefing pack for Christians and church leaders together with an invitation to join us in spreading the truth about the way that Britain First has distorted the message of Christ for its own, exceedingly unChristian ends. Those church leaders who responded to our invitation were extremely positive and have been quietly going about their congregations and local synods spreading awareness on our behalf. We’d like to think that we at EBF have played some small part in today’s development through those church activists’ excellent work and the use of our resource pack.

EBF BF Church leaders briefing pack in Jesus name

The pack is still available. You can download it here. We’d be grateful to anyone concerned about the way that Britain First has hi-jacked Christianity for racist purposes for sharing this post or the one linked here, especially to Christians and Church leaders.

Together we’ll beat them.

No pasaran!