Unfortunately, there is a lot of ignorance about. Some people are just too lazy to find the truth about the EDL and accept the first thing that they are told because it sounds credible, whereas people like most of us on the EDL Forum have actively sought out the truth and made a judgement based on extensive research.
Before I came here, I used to hear "English defence League this" or "English Defence League that" in the mainstream media. Eventually I decided to find out for myself what it was all about and what I saw was completely at odds with what I was being told. This had been the case for many things that I would hear in the news so I already had a deep mistrust of the media.
What I found here was the truth and that truth matched perfectly with my perceptions of what I had seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears almost every day out on the street. Not only that but what was being touted as the truth here was tested and if it failed that test it was shot down in flames and removed, it still is.
There aren't many forums as open and honest as the EDL Forum because we know that we are under constant scrutiny from those who would seek to deny and hide the truth and substitute it for their own warped or edited versions and then try to use that against us. They can't do this with the truth because then it is them who fail.
That is why all these opposing organisations have a 'no platform' rule when it comes to us. They are unable to make their version of the truth stand up, we shoot them down every time with cold hard facts and it makes them look pathetic - to say the least.
A lot of people are blissfully unaware because the situation in this country hasn't reached the level that it has in other countries and the media are able to put their slant on it or just ignore it completely and get away with it. Quite often, until people are directly affected by it they wilfully ignore it - even when presented with the truth some people will continue to ignore it or will bury their heads in the sand.
Look at France and Sweden to name just two examples. They can't ignore it any more.
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