What brought me to the EDL? I was shocked at what I saw was happening to Britain and dismayed that few people were game to tell it like it is and act to turn the situation around. I am determined to help those who are taking action – with cash when I can’t be there in person.
What did I see happening to Britain? I saw only part of the Britain I expected to see as an Australian visitor. I had come in 2011 for a wedding but stayed to look after my parents-in-law (both served in WW2). During 2012 my wife and I visited heritage sites and learnt about the rich historical basis of today’s British society. But we also visited the towns and cities to balance the tourist trail with housing and industrial estates. We read local and national newspapers and talked with people.
What dismayed me? I saw things that are not on the visitbritain.com website. Roma beggars, mosques, hijabs, niqabs and even burkhas, housing estates being built over the world-famous greenbelt, litter. Also bling cars in Knightsbridge. And I read about the disproportionate involvement in violent crime of immigrants from Muslim regions or origins, about hate preachers. And about how the flow of very un-British people to Britain was planned to continue. I attended a public consultation about new housing in my country and saw how the green belt will be destroyed to house migrants yet to arrive. And I saw political correctness popping up all over the place to ensure that I did not even think about what I now know is ‘stealth jihad’.
What did I do about it? Being an Australian, I was uncertain if I had any moral right to do anything. I was always impressed by Tommy Robinson. So impressed, in fact, that I thought "they don't need me". I gave EDL a couple of donations. But then Robinson left and I could see the attacks on the EDL taking on a triumphant tone, particularly attacks characterizing members as young racist thugs, motivated by social deprivation to scapegoat a vulnerable minority. So I thought "I'm not a racist, not a thug, I’m not working class; I'm a middle-class grandfather who supports what the EDL stands for.” I had by then made a British citizenship declaration and felt I had a moral right, even a duty, to turn up to a demonstration and make a small contribution to EDL’s aims and help break down the media’s patronizing stereotype.
I also thought that I might be able to contribute with skills and experience I have to complement those for which EDL is well-known.
My thoughts about the future? Jeez. Hard to say and I have been wrong in my predictions before. But I fear the stealth jihad (and its aims) in the UK, in Europe and Australia. As radical Muslims see it, they are fired up as they resume the war they lost at the siege of Vienna in 1683. But most of us are asleep: most don’t understand that Islam is out to curtail, change or stamp out western civilization, including the democratic process, freedom of the press, freedom of expression (including artistic freedom; no political correctness), science, understanding that the natural world is not bound by human doctrine, equality of opportunity, equal rights and obligations for women as for men, government that is small, rational and fair, the individual before the group, civility, religious freedom, tolerance (but not of public intolerance), the common law, trial by jury, habeas corpus, the presumption of innocence, the rights of the child, an obligation to help the genuinely disadvantaged in society regardless of religious affiliation and, generally speaking, a live-and-let-live laissez-faire attitude. Many of these virtues either had their origins in Britain or saw their flowering here. None can survive under sharia.
It's worth defending! But how do you get people to fight vigorously, openly and with unrelenting determination for their right to a live-and-let-live laissez-faire attitude? It’s almost an oxymoron!
Politicians tell us Islam is a religion of peace Politicians are wedged by Islam in the UK. They deny that it presents a problem, because once they acknowledge the problem, they will have to take measures that deal with it. Like Ethelred in 991 AD, they are appeasing the jihadists in the hope they will go away. Today’s politicians campaigned for high office but none have demonstrated anything like a Churchillian determination to mobilize the nation with clear language to make hard and momentous but essential decisions for the national good. Our politicians have yet to demonstrate they are fit for purpose.
The working class are leading The English working class have been the first major segment of our society to see the seriousness of the Islamic threat – because they rub shoulders with it daily. They are the ‘canary in the coalmine’ for all of British society. The EDL are determined to spur our politicians into action or else to spur the people to replace them with a new crop who are up to the task.
A word about Islam I want to end by saying something about Islam, because too many people assume it is a religion, in all important ways analogous to Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism, paganism or Judaism. It’s not. It is more precisely described using plain English as a political ideology and so is more analogous to Nazi fascism, Stalin’s communism or Pol Pot’s Year Zero. Islam’s aims for a global caliphate are integral to its ideology. Islam bolsters its ideology with religious features which appeal to ordinary Muslims and it also has cult-like aspects. These three set it apart as a class on its own.
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