Britain first’s radical creation

How many times has Britain first protested at Finsbury Park Mosque?

How many times has Britain first called for white non-Muslims to rise up and take action against the Muslim ‘invasion’?

How many times has Britain first told its followers that they’re in a civil war against Muslims?

How many white British people have been radicalised by Golding and Fransen?

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How many British Muslims will be radicalised by atrocities such as the one perpetrated against innocent worshippers at Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning?

Britain First isn’t just a profiteering organisation making money off the back of radicalised racists. It’s also one of Daesh’s most effective recruitment mechanisms.

EBF BF Dowson Holy War crusade comboTheresa May has pledged to clamp down on far right hate preachers. We suggest she starts with Fransen, Golding, Lomax and Lewis. We demand that the British government proscribe Britain First as a terrorist organisation and place all its ‘officers’ and activists on trial under the prevention of terrorism act.

We demand that this is done without delay. We further demand that hate preachers like Katie Hopkins, Nigel Farage, Paul Nuttall, Tommy (Yaxley-Lennon) Robinson also stand trial for inciting hate crimes against Muslims, refugees, immigrants and non-whites.

Come on Prime Minister – you’ve said you’re serious about prosecuting hate preachers. Now’s the time to get on and do it. Let’s not have yet another U-turn.

Finsbury Park: The shame of a nation

In the early hours of this morning a 48 year old lone wolf, presumably radicalised over time in the developing hate-filled, anti-Muslim, right wing culture of modern Britain took it upon himself to drive a van into helpless Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park. One man is dead and 10 more people are injured as a result.

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The atmosphere around Finsbury Park Mosque must have been electric last night with emergency vehicles sirens and lights illuminating the cacophonous streets as police and paramedics battled to save lives and restore order. Everywhere else in the land the air was heavy with a different characteristic altogether. The stench of hypocrisy lies heavy over Britain today.

We’ve all seen them – the ‘respectable’,  right wing contacts on social media. Perhaps it’s an old school friend of yours. Maybe it’s a parent or a cousin. Perhaps it’s your brother or your sister. They’re the smug, unthinking, superficial clowns who just love to post memes and forward tweets about those awful Muslims. They bang on endlessly about ‘rapefugees’ or fake, easily debunked ‘news’ from Breitbart  about  ‘creeping Sharia’ and cheerfully declare that refugees should be drowned and all immigrants already here should either be deported or sterilised.  Don’t deny it – we all know who they are.

I wouldn’t normally suggest seeking out these losers, these lonely, embittered bigots whose only claim to fame is their ability to libel and slander an entire group of people. It’s true that they’re usually spectacularly wrong with their implausible predictions that never come true and that can be amusing on occasion. It’s also true that giving them the oxygen of interaction encourages them, as it does with any other mischevious internet troll. But today I think we should all make contact and let them know what we think of the fruits of their labour.

These Islamaphobic bigots are the ones responsible for radicalisation of far right terrorists in UK. By constantly demonising Muslims, refugees, ‘foreigners’ and non-whites they have created a narrative that shames the whole nation. And now, many of these same people are posting memes and tweeting tweets condemning the violence that they themselves have helped to create.

So I say we should contact them en masse. If you know an online bigot who preaches the sort of hate that led to the Finsbury Park attack don’t let them off the hook. Remind them of their onslaught of hatred and the impact they have had upon our nation. Expose their divisive lies and let them know that we understand the blood that is on their hands – blood that they may never manage to wash clean. Let them know that we hold them every bit as responsible for this atrocity as we do the ‘lone wolf’ who, egged on by thousands upon thousands of keyboard warriors like them actually drove the van that ploughed into those poor people.

Let them know that we know them.

Post this article on your own social media pages and tag them in…

and tell them to hang their heads in shame!

 

We fixed your meme for you

We all agree that what happened in Brussels this week is terrible.

We all agree that killing innocent people in the name of any religion or ideology is an awful crime.

We all agree that there can be no justification for this sort of atrocity.

Terrorists like ISIS (AKA Daesh), Anders Behring Breivik, Dale Jones and Damien Hunt are the lowest of the low and their victims deserved none of what happened to them. Organisations like this one that incite extremist violence deserve our condemnation too.

Death is no respecter of persons and terrorists exist across many political and ideological platforms. So we’re sure that Britain First didn’t mean to ignore the vast majority of victims who were killed by terrorists who weren’t Muslims. Surely they don’t want to ignore the many slaughtered by right wing Christian groups or white supremacist militia in America. We don’t imagine they’d like to forget the poor victims of anti Muslim mosque bombings and street violence or the innocents who died at the hands of political terrorists in coups across the world that have absolutely nothing to do with religion.

So we fixed their image for them.

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You’re welcome!

Defeating terrorism with… erm… more terrorism

This week began with the awful news that terrorists had attacked innocent people in Belgium. The extremist Islamist group, ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the terrible loss of life.

Like just about everyone else the Biffers at Britain First are outraged and disgusted by this cruel, callous act. No matter how fervently you believe in your cause there can be no justification for murdering innocent bystanders in cold blood. It’s not civilised, it’s not justifiable, it’s certainly not clever… and it’s not Islamic.

The Quran explicitly forbids the killing of non-combatants, even in times of war. Perhaps that’s why 70,000 Muslim clerics recently issued a joint fatwa against Islamic extremists. They give Islam a bad name and they offend the faithful and, in the eyes of those who believe in Him, they offend Allah as well. There is no blissful afterlife for murderers as any devout Muslim will tell you if you bother to ask them.

The real problem here isn’t Islam any more than the Northern Irish troubles were about Christianity. The real problem is terrorism – the unjustifiable belief that it’s OK to kill people to get your own way. It’s the belief that ‘might is right’ and that peace can be brought about by violence. That’s the real enemy – violence.

So how did the Biffers respond to this latest terrorist outrage?

By missing the point and advocating more violence and extremist terrorism in the sort of tit for tat that Ghandi referred to when he said…

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind!”

He would have recognised Britain First had they been around in his day. That other famous Ghandi quote could have been written for them…

“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians but I like your Christ.”

With ‘Christian’ attitudes like this it’s not hard to understand what he meant.

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A view from a barstool #6

Beer 2This is a hard one to write. I sit perched on my stool supping a pint, thinking of those people in Paris and Lebanon who have lost their lives at the hands of terrorists and actually seriously wondering if all that I and my colleagues do at EBF is really worth it. To counter bigotry and extremism, to hold Mr Golding and Ms Fransen to task. Is it really worth it in the end or should we just call it a day and hide behind our sofa’s hoping that all this is just a horrible dream? Then I realise that we have to fight extremism in all its forms. As a Billy Bragg song quite rightly said…

“If you wake up to find your paper is Tory,

Just remember there are two sides to every story.”

In the office today there is a sense of disbelief, a surreal silence between all of us, not knowing what to post, what to hold back, what to say or do. We realise the horrors of what happened and the retribution that the western powers will exact. We also realise what the far right will be doing, wringing their hands in pretend sadness whilst secretly doing a victory dance.

Paris attack November 2015 2So here I am beginning now to hear some facts, not some conjecture that the media get from so called experts or from reporters reporting what some other reporters are reporting but some hard facts and we won’t get all of these until into next week. So all I can say is that these people were murderers, terrorists under the flag of Daesh, not of Islam. Many Muslims have come onto social media once again to say it was not in their name. The British Council of Muslims share the horror that all of us showed. Muslims whom I know are resigned to giving out the ‘Not in my name’ again even though I and most others realise they don’t need to.

It seems to me that the powers that be want to blame the whole of the Islamic faith for this outrage at the hands of Daesh. But when the outrage is in the US or in Norway and other places in this world of ours they aren’t so quick to condemn other religions. I’m not heavily into politics nor am I religious but all this seems crazy to me. How many times do we see the west condemn what is going on in Gaza? How many times do we see the west condemn what is happening in Zimbabwe, things which happen on a daily basis and react with the terror that they did over this weekend? Answers on a postcard, please.

The truth of the matter in my opinion…

These killers, these terrorists, these murderers have not killed in the name of any religion nor for any political gain. They have murdered these people because they are murderers.

Now I will sit quietly in my corner, in front of a raging fire and raise my glass in a salute to those who died in Paris and in Lebanon in salute.

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