Left Futures has a post on the planned march this weekend by the English Defence League (EDL) with statements by various luminaries condemning the event, amongst whom are Kelvin Hopkins, Luton MP; Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain; Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary; Bruce Kent, Vice Chair of Pax Christi; Dr. Edie Friedman, Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality; and Sabby Dhalu, Secretary of One Society Many Cultures. From Left Futures post we learn:
"Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins, anti-racist activists and faith representatives are calling for a ban on the demonstration planned by the English Defence League (EDL) for Luton this weekend, which is being promoted as their ‘homecoming’. Evidence from previous EDL events is clear; wherever the EDL mobilises, Mosques and other place of worship have been attacked, with Muslim people and police officers being assaulted. The EDL were caught on camera at a demonstration in Preston chanting ‘Burn down the Mosque’."
Where were they when these photographs were taken? Where were they when this event took place?
Kelvin Hopkins believes that freedom of speech is important but when outsiders are determined to [.......] incite racial hatred they should not be permitted to do so. Are not those Islamic demonstrators 'outsiders' in our land and to our way of life? Should they be not permitted to incite racial hatred?
Farooq Murad deplores the attempt by the EDL and its spokespeople to stoke up fear and hatred in the heartland of our peaceful communities. Is that not what those Islamic demonstrators were trying to do - bearing in mind the slogans on the placards?
Sabby Dhalu believes that the lessons of history are that fascists target those most vulnerable in society in order to grow. If Sabby Dhalu really knew her history she would also know that every attempt to create one society with many cultures has eventually fallen apart.
It seems to me that Islamists make use of the very aspect of our society that they wish to condemn:
I hold no candle for the EDL - but hell, can we have a level playing field please?