ACTIVISTS from the far-right English Defence League (EDL) are using Facebook to recruit members for what they describe as its Dover division. [Yes?]
A call to the people of the town has been made online by a man named Jason Heath, who encourages them to "take a stand" against what he describes as Muslim extremists. [How does the Dover Express itself describe Muslim extremists? As ‘Embraces of Diversity’?]
Described by anti-fascist group Searchlight as "a racist organisation", the EDL has come to national attention after staging a series of street protests against what it sees as the threat to Western values from Islam. [Dover Express happily quotes Searchlight’s description of the EDL (as ‘a racist organisation’) but doesn’t quote the EDL’s description of itself. These regional newspapers quote UAF and Hope Not Hate abundantly, seemingly unaware that the former is run by the Trotskyist SWP, and the latter is run by the Communist Party (through Searchlight).]
But Dover MP Charlie Elphicke told the Express that Islamic preachers of hate and the EDL represent "two sides of the same coin". [Really? Is that why Islamic preachers of hate existed for decades and indeed hundreds of years before the EDL was formed?
Yes, if the EDL were fascist and racist, which it’s not, then perhaps they would be ‘two sides of the same coin’.
Islamic preachers believe in totalitarian systems of law. The EDL doesn’t.
In a badly spelt and punctuated posting on Facebook pages relating to Dover, including that of this newspaper, Mr Heath said: "if your sick and tired of your mum, sister, nan, girlfriend, kids or anyone you know not being able to walk through certain parts of hers/his//yours/OUR town at night even during the day, due to risk of molitious atacks from muslim extremists then take a stand, tell your friends and family to unite and take a stand, t...e...ll your neighbours to take a stand!!
"the time to stand up and take our country back is long over-due if you feel the need to make a stand for everything ENGLISH then join the EDL Dover division. we will never surrender and i hope that none of you will either." [Is this regional rag saying that Mr Heath is wrong about this? Do the journalists of this well-spelt but intellectually and politically illiterate newspaper ever need to travel through the numerous Islamic ghettoes of England? Or, like the Left, do these journalists simply deny their existence? They probably do so because, like the far left, none of them live anywhere near any of these Islamic ghettoes.
On the EDL Dover division Facebook group's page, which has so far attracted 36 members, there are discussions about transport to a planned demonstration in Blackburn on April 2, as well as links to stories about Islam.
The organisation's official website describes the EDL as "a human rights organisation" opposed to the Islamification of Britain and the introduction of Sharia law in this country.
Mr Elphicke, who has previously expressed his opposition to the British National Party, said:
"We all know there are important issues. We need to ensure that we get strong borders security and migration has a cap.
"These are matters to be discussed calmly and thoughtfully.
"We don't need racists preaching hatred, like the EDL, in Dover. [Here he goes again repeating the ‘racist’ mantra. That stops him from having to debate with the EDL (‘No Platform’, eh?), or even from having to think truthfully about these issues. And as those on the Left, and others, know - if you repeat a lie enough times people will begin to believe it. Even those who mouth these political soundbites will begin to believe their own lies - ‘lies for Justice’?]
"Islamic hate preachers and the EDL are two sides of the same coin and we could do without both of them." [You’ve already said that. In fact, I should say that the Dover Express has already printed that soundbite – at the top of the page. It’s a neat statement and it chimes in with Nick Lowles’s new policy of ‘plague on both your houses’. This is not a surprise as we have already seen that the Dover Express relies on Searchlight for truly objective information about the EDL. That’s like relying on George Galloway for truthful information about Saddam Hussein and his other Arab and Islamist friends.]
Attempts to contact Mr Heath were unsuccessful as the Express went to press.