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NOW Who’s the Illegal Immigrant?

English Defence League leader Stephen Lennon has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for illegally entering the USA.

The irony of this is just too sweet. The leader of a group that spends half their time complaining about the problem of illegal immigrants to the UK, has been caught for doing exactly the same thing in the United States.

Having been refused entry to the US in the past, when he travelled to the US in September he decided to use Andrew McMaster’s passport instead. If that’s not illegal immigration, I don’t know what is.

Stephen Lennon, also known by his pseudonym Tommy Robinson, pleaded guilty to the offence for which he was caught when he was fingerprinted at JFK airport in New York, adding yet another criminal conviction to his collection.

His personal assistant Helen Gower has said that Lennon is likely to be released early with a tag on good behaviour, and their leader is “well chuffed at the result today.”

Who are the EDL?

For those of you who don’t hail from the UK, the EDL (English Defence League) are a right-wing, nationalist group who claim to be “peacefully protesting against militant Islam”. But its followers are all too happy to go on Twitter rants about their hatred of non-white ethnic groups, and to tell everyone in Britain who is not white to go back to their ‘own countries.’ At times they sound like frustrated children whose toys were taken away by their invisible Muslim enemy, hash-tagging #thicko at the ends of their sentences.

They often pick and choose their ‘evidence’ against Muslims, ignoring anything that shows Muslims in a good light, and giving a pedestal to anything they do wrong. A good example of this would be using the Rochdale grooming case, involving 9 Muslim men, to pin the blame on all Muslims and immigrants, while ignoring the 7 white men who did the same thing in Derby.

They have even gone as far as to cheer when tragic events happen. One follower commented that he was glad when the 2 year-old boy and 10 year-old Muslim children were killed in a hit-and-run in Leeds (though the comment has slyly been deleted by now). His justification was that Muslims kill innocent people all the time. What kind of person smiles at the death a child?

But it’s not just Muslims and immigrants they hate. Their followers, such as @CommonSense4Now, have mocked me on Twitter in the past for having a Master’s degree, which to them implied that I am rich and upper class (though I’m much the opposite). And he accused the University of Westminster as having a “Muslim extremist problem”.

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Anybody who bears at left of the extreme right on the political scale may also become victim to the group’s hatred. This picture posted on Twitter summarises their views on just about everybody but themselves:

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Is Bombing Bigots Justified?

My initial reaction to the alleged plot of the three men from Birmingham to bomb the EDL was, “good, they deserve it.” But as my morality and logic kicked in, it became a little more complicated.

The men had been stopped in Sheffield for a routine check and later arrested in possession of guns and explosives. What gave away their alleged plan was a little note on the weapons which said “English Drunkards League.” You can join the dots.

The wrong message

The very definition of Terrorism is an act of violence with a political message behind it. But the only message behind bombing the EDL is “we’re exactly like you think we are”. The worst case is that it actually helps the EDL to gain more supporters by justifying their own existence.

It makes me shiver when the odd few Muslims irresponsibly lash out in response to controversy.

The perfect example of this was after the publishing of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Those who seemed intent on making the lives of ordinary Muslims a misery waved banners which read ‘Al-Qaeda’ and ‘bomb the West.’ Why on earth would any sane Muslim feed the very fire which causes Islamophobia in Europe?

I more than anybody would like to see an end to the hostility that Muslims in Britain have to put up with. But these fundamentalists are bent on achieving their ridiculous goal of eradicating the West, no matter how much Muslims suffer on the way.

Terror vs. Terror

They are the two polar ends of an abstract war between the far right and extremist Muslims. In simple terms, nutters against nutters.

The EDL aren’t exactly non-violent themselves. In true EDL style, members beat an Asian boy up and ran another over at a protest in Lancashire last year. On the same day, they had trapped MEP Sajjad Karim inside his own house along with his wife and children, and hurled abuse at them.

The group was originally a bunch of angry football hooligans who formed on anti-Islamic principles. Co-founder Tommy Robinson has apparently thought about stepping into politics. But there really is no need. Bigotry is already more than fairly represented by the British National Party.

It is one of the thorns that comes with the rose of Democracy that fascist and racist groups must be allowed to exist and express their views, as everybody else can. Even if they are violent thugs.

See my original story on TheBowlerHat.co.uk.

What has the world come to when people agree with racist tram lady?

When people commenting on the youtube video of the ‘racist tram lady‘ and agree with her, it makes you wonder what kind of world are we living in?

It is one thing that a woman with a child on her lap spurts racism on a tram. That I have already responded to in a previous post.

But when some of those commenting on the incident can see where she’s coming from? Now that’s scary.

Fellow blogger Rae on ‘I’m a diva nerd’ wrote a commendable post in response to Emma West’s rant titled ‘An open letter to Emma West, the racist on the tram.’

But some of the comments the post received were quite shockingly outrageous! One bigot by the name of Bill commented, “If we were given the choice, we would not now be a multi-cultural country.”

It gets worse. He later said, “the British destroyed the NATIVE Indians and their land, and now we British and our land are being destroyed.”

“I think it can be blamed on a general degeneration of society, which immigration has contributed towards,” he commented.

Rae managed to bounce back with further comments in the debate. But to know that people in Britain still truly believe this kind of thing is true makes me and like-minded people uneasy.

A youtube user SeekTheSeventh said, “I can’t decide which is better, the fact she said what millions others are think or her face at the end of the video.”

And SeekTheSeventh might be right. We don’t know how many people think this way. People who are polite to our faces, and are internally cursing our existence?

Possibly the most shocking of all, and most probably a BNP/EDL member, was this one by youtube user rcfdx:

“IMMIGRATION IS OUT OF CONTROL.

– DEPORT all the two million plus who are here illegally;

– DEPORT all those who commit crimes and whose original nationality was not British

– REVIEW all recent grants of residence or citizenship to ensure they are still appropriate

– OFFER grants to those of foreign descent resident here who wish to leave permanently

– STOP all new immigration except for exceptional cases

– REJECT ALL asylum seekers/NIGGERS who passed safe countries on their way to Britain”.

I don’t think I need to mention how wrong the ‘N’ word is, but as for the rest of the comment, it sounds like a BNP and EDL manifesto. It fails to recognise that people in need do come to the UK for a safe place to stay and genuinely do so. It also marks people like myself (those of foreign descent resident here), though born in the UK, as foreigners. What would happen to the UK if what this person wanted actually happened? It would fall apart.

Anyone who dares to pretend that this kind of ranting is expressing one’s right to ‘freedom of speech‘ must be clinically insane. This is outright racism, and it is illegal. Fingers crossed that the police don’t let this one slip. An example has to be made of the ‘racist tram lady’, to show others like her that they are wrong.

Correction: SeekTheSeventh had not intended the comment to agree with the ‘racist tram lady’. They in fact had wanted to express the opposite. Thanks for emailing me.