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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Anti-antis upping the ante

Demonstrators against the Islamification of the UK and wider Europe are planning a peaceful demo in London tomorrow, the eighth anniversary of 9/11.

But the group United Against Fascism (UAF) still want to stick their oar in and organise a counterdemonstration in the form of a vigil followed by a rally.

It was UAF who managed to halt a British National Party (BNP) news conference back in June, so concerned are they about freedom of speech.

Whatever you think about the BNP – and I and many more who value freedom don’t think much – they’re an official political party with representation in the European Parliament and several British local councils. If these useless prats in UAF really wanted to do damage to the BNP, they’d use debate.

The protest planned for tomorrow is described in the Independent (which manages to ignore hyphenation completely and talks of a “counter demonstration” as if a shop-fittings salesman were about to give a little show, but that’s by the bye).

The organisers, a group called Stop Islamification of Europe, say they always work with the police, they hate racism, but they don’t like Islamification. Sounds good to me, as long as they mean that.

A spokesman, Stephen Gash, is quoted as saying, “We mean what we say and we say what we mean regarding racism, because we don’t tolerate any kind of racism, but Islam itself is another matter.

“We are against any form of totalitarianism and basically we regard Islam as the nastiest form of totalitarianism ever devised.

“We fundamentally oppose any introduction of sharia law into England, the UK and the European Union.”

Which all seems rather reasonable. However, UAF say on their website:

Islamophobia – bigotry against Muslims – is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. [Er, racism? Is Islam a race? When did that happen?]

Its aim is to divide us by making scapegoats of one community, just as the Nazis did with the Jews in the 1930s.

Today they threaten the mosque, tomorrow it could be a synagogue, temple or church.

Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, blacks, gays, travellers or Eastern Europeans.

And today you threaten those protesting against creeping Islamification, but tomorrow it could be people campaigning for freedom of speech in an area you don’t happen to like, so you’ll try to silence them.

Just as you did with Nick Griffin of the BNP. Being united against fascism but wanting to trample on freedom of speech is a rather contradictory stance that only woolly-minded so-called antifascists could think up.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are related to this group - http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/5803 - and are known to have fascist connections. Do some research. People like this abuse the democratic process and would have it taken away from others if they could.

Anonymous said...

I would just like to add that UAF are absolutely right to protest.

Baal's Bum said...

Am I understanding this correctly ?
An organisation calling it self United Against Fascism is protesting against people protesting against the increasing Islamification of our country. Ignoring completely that Islam is inherently fascist and that regardless of which imaginary despot people believe in, the more fundamental these beliefs the more fascist they are.
I wonder how these lunatic left ultra liberals will feel in later years when their pig hating puppets of the paedophile prophets poetic pap have enough political power and they have eo watch the stoning of their granddaughter, for asking why they have to wear a tent and marry an old bearded man with three wives already!!!
I say Fuck 'em, lets get rid of all religion. There is only one thing to do with anyone over the age of 5 that talks to an invisible friend and that is to point and laugh,

sioe said...

I wish I'd found this site before the demo. I was trying for weeks to get lesbian and gays to come along to protest about persecution in Iran etc.

I invited Peter Tatchell but he declined. I asked for speakers, but the lgf suggested I spoke to Imaan, ie muslim gays and lesbians.

Maybe I will be more successful next time now I've found this site.