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  •  I didn't say I was supporting them (0+ / 0-)

    I said that they are complaining about a real problem. If you want to criticize one side, fine, but it would be good to mention the other side in the argument as well -- the Islamic supremacists who are abusing people.

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    by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:57:04 PM PDT

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    •  And you have STILL yet to respond to the points (5+ / 0-)

      I made in my post below.

      And I'm not "calling" them Nazis. I'm pointing out their own behavior. The EDL is a white supremacist organization. They use white supremacist language. They use Nazi salutes, engage in street violence, and are considered Anti-Semitic by Jewish organizations.

      They developed out of the National Front and the BNP. They are the direct organizational descendants of the British Union of Fascists. Members of the organization that preceded this one were executed for war crimes after WWII, in a parallel action to the Nuremberg trials!

      I'm not calling these people Nazis to be dramatic.

      I'm calling them Nazis because they are, in fact, Nazis. Do you not see the Swastikas and the Nazi Salutes?

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:24:41 PM PDT

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      •  If they developed out of the National Front & BNP (0+ / 0-)

        Why did they become a separate group? The wiki page on them doesn't mention that the EDL came from those groups, though it mentions that there is an alliance between EDL and BFP, a group that left the BNP because the BNP was concerned with race and the BFP is for people who want to defend British culture regardless of race. Up til now, I've thought that the EDL was entirely about culture, not race, and I've seen British bloggers say the same, but perhaps I've missed something.  I've glanced at their official website and some of their official statements and haven't seen anything that was white supremacist, only pro-Western values and traditional British law as opposed to Islamic sharia. Aside from pictures of some nutters they have in their membership, do you know of any materials or statements they've officially put out that were white supremacist?

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        by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:23:57 PM PDT

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        •  Would you join an organization (2+ / 0-)
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          that had Nazis as members?

          Nothing human is alien to me.

          by WB Reeves on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:33:50 PM PDT

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          •  Not if I knew they were there (0+ / 0-)

            But I still want to know whether there's any evidence that the EDL is actually a white supremacist organization. Otherwise it's like saying that Islam is all about terrorism because it includes some terrorists.

            I think that some people get confused about the difference between defending a culture, which is perfectly reasonable, and defending a race, which is obnoxious. Maybe I'm the one who's confused here and the EDL really is about defending whiteness. But I thought it was about defending British culture and laws from people who have said explicitly that they want to take it over and transform it.

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            by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:37:49 PM PDT

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            •  The comparison to Islam is false (5+ / 0-)

              Islam isn't a single organizational entity. Like Christianity and Judaism it is a religion with a multiplicity divisions denominations within it. The EDL is a political organization with a program, one which clearly has drawn Nazis into it's ranks.

              BTW, the whole notion of defending a culture is problematic. Cultures are not static entities. They are constantly in flux. English culture is no exception.

              Nothing human is alien to me.

              by WB Reeves on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:50:39 PM PDT

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              •  Fair enough (0+ / 0-)

                I will think about that. Though I still think there's a difference between "some members" and "the purpose of the organization." Otherwise I could say that the Democratic Party stands for all sorts of things, based on the people who have been drawn into it who have different agendas. I'd still want to look at the official platform to see what's officially on the program.

                However, it may be that the EDL is hiding its true purpose. I'll keep an eye on it and read whatever relevant information I can find.

                I do think its legitimate for people to want to retain their culture and not have it supplanted by a foreign culture, though. I don't fault the Native Americans who tried to stop the Europeans from overrunning North America and replacing indigenous cultures with their own culture. In this case, the immigrants to England came legally, but I don't think many people understood that there would be some significant subset that actually wanted to supplant British culture and law with Islamic culture and law. I think they thought they were inviting in immigrants rather than colonists. So now they have a problem, and I don't know how they can solve it -- I'm certainly not saying the EDL has the answer! All I've been saying is that there genuinely is a problem.

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                by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:59:09 PM PDT

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                •  Oh, one other person associated with the EDL? (1+ / 0-)
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                  Anders Behring Brevik. He had contact with them, and was a member of the Norwegian Defense League.

                  You'll remember him as the bomber and gunman who carried out a terrorist attack in Norway a few years back.

                  An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

                  by OllieGarkey on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:04:05 PM PDT

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                  •  Yep -- total nutcase (0+ / 0-)

                    I still think that there are normal people joining the EDL because of concerns they have that aren't being addressed. But they may be misled about the nature of what they're getting into. I'll keep looking for information.

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                    by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:48:58 PM PDT

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                  •  Whoa, this is an amazing read (0+ / 0-)

                    This is by a British Muslim spelling out what he sees as the Muslim community's blind spots and why groups like the EDL get support despite their obnoxiousness. So this is the same problem I've been talking about, but described from the point of view of a Muslim. Take a look:

                    http://leedsisoc.com/...

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                    by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:24:42 PM PDT

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                    •  Here are two other reads: (0+ / 0-)

                      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

                      by OllieGarkey on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 10:00:10 PM PDT

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                      •  That first one is really interesting (0+ / 0-)

                        They certainly make  a strong case. They don't address what it is that working-class non-Muslims are getting upset about, but they make a strong case that the EDL is the wrong place for them to turn.

                        You may not know the answer to this, but I notice that at the end of the article it says that "every campaign to stop a deportation" offers hope. Who's been getting deported and why is stopping it part of their campaign? I don't know what they're referring to. Maybe I'll poke around their website some more and see if I find any clues.

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                        by Noisy Democrat on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 07:01:18 AM PDT

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                        •  Working Class non-muslims are being lied to. (1+ / 0-)
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                          Technically and traditionally, the British government is an Anglican theocracy ruled by the queen.

                          Through agreements with parliament, they have set up a quasi-constitutional monarchy without a written constitution.

                          Somehow, the British people manage, though if you look at it on paper, it shouldn't really be possible. It's really fascinating.

                          But they have an official religion, an established religion, in the UK. Anglicanism. And the power of the crown is, legally, imbued with the power of the Christian god.

                          It is not constitutionally or legally possible for that anglican tradition to be supplanted without the total destruction of the British government, and a small minority of religious extremists will never, EVER, achieve that goal.

                          The working class people, and you, are being lied to by white nationalists like the EDL, who, once again, are fire-bombing mosques.

                          An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

                          by OllieGarkey on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:36:47 AM PDT

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                          •  Actually, I've gotten very little information (0+ / 0-)

                            from the EDL. If it seems to you that I don't know anything about them, that could be why. I have spent a lot of time listening to Pat Condell, who seems like a reasonable person, and I've followed accounts in British newspapers of things like the Muslim gangs that have targeted white girls for sex slavery, and seen video of Anjam Choudary and his crowd calling for the killing of anyone who insults Islam, and of "Muslim patrols" harassing people; things like that. They look like a very nasty crowd, and I don't understand how people can carry signs in the streets calling for beheadings and not be charged with incitement to violence, but then I may not understand British law.

                            Anyway, just to make sure I understand what you're saying -- you think that actually, any fears non-Muslims have about the activities of Muslim extremists are just fears that were planted by the EDL, and if the EDL didn't exist, non-Muslims would have very little concern about anything Muslims are doing?

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                            by Noisy Democrat on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 09:07:53 AM PDT

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                          •  They would have concerns, but those concerns would (4+ / 0-)

                            be based in reality, rather than based on racist lies.

                            There are real fears and real problems, and white nationalists like the EDL poison the discussion, by injecting lies into it.

                            The Sharia Courts are an internal problem that can be easily handled with targeted legislation. (For example, when it comes to adjudicating divorce, they cannot make decisions contrary to British Law.) One of the problems with that, as pointed out by BBC's Panorama, is that many Muslim women are not getting legally married, they're getting married solely in sharia courts.

                            The Scottish government has set up resources to make sure that doesn't become a problem in Scotland. When they were dealing with forced marriages, they created immediate targeted legislation to solve the problem, and they did it by engaging with the Asian community.

                            Also, Pat Condell is someone who's dangerously misinformed. Remember the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque?"

                            There was a Mosque inside the World Trade Center, and it was destroyed by the 9/11 attack. Muslims died in that attack. American Muslims are not generally the radicals that have cropped up in the UK.

                            No, there are some very valid concerns about radicalization, but firebombing mosques, beating muslims, and threatening moderate Muslims who are building mosques is not the way to discourage radicalism.

                            You're never going to hear me say that islamism is a-okay, and I oppose it just like I oppose dominionist theocratic christianity.

                            The solution to the current problems, as Humza Yousaf pointed out in that article I linked, is to give moderate Muslims the tools to deal with the bigots and assholes in their own community.

                            Community policing, engaging with the Muslim community, and a few specifically targeted laws can bring this situation under control.

                            And so far, this tactic hasn't been used, but I recently heard that Cameron was meeting with moderate and liberal Islamic groups. I think they're going to move in that direction now, after Woolrich.

                            When it is used, Islamism in the UK with wither and die.

                            To be completely honest, I wish they could just ban the Islam4UK group, The EDL, the BNP, the fascists and Islamists all together, but if they ban all of those groups together, they set a dangerous precedent, and they risk making everything much, much worse because of the blowback. They understand, as I understand, that taking away the free speech of these organizations won't make them go away, it will just make them more radical and more violent.

                            Pat Condell isn't always wrong, but he's usually wrong about Islam. He doesn't know what he's talking about.

                            The best group of people to talk to about the problems with Islam if you want a completely unfiltered and completely honest perspective is moderate and liberal Muslims, and former Muslim atheists.

                            Seek out those organizations, and if you like Condell, I think you'll like to hear from former Muslims. I think they would be right up your alley. And there are organizations made up of those folks in the UK.

                            An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

                            by OllieGarkey on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 09:24:01 AM PDT

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                          •  Here's an interesting article by a UK Muslim (0+ / 0-)

                            He characterizes the EDL as odious but points out that Unite Against Fascism can be just as bad and even host radical Muslims ranting against the kuffar (infidels), yet they don't get the same opprobrium from the left. He argues that if more liberals knew about this kind of Islamic radicalism, moderate Muslims would have a better chance of being heard.

                            http://www.thecommentator.com/...

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                            by Noisy Democrat on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:14:58 AM PDT

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                          •  On this: (1+ / 0-)
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                            Anyway, just to make sure I understand what you're saying -- you think that actually, any fears non-Muslims have about the activities of Muslim extremists are just fears that were planted by the EDL, and if the EDL didn't exist, non-Muslims would have very little concern about anything Muslims are doing?
                            "Planted by" is incorrect. The fears--irrational, ignorant, emotional--often exist independent of the EDL. Those fears are "exploited by" the EDL, as they are by hatemongers in the US, to advance their agenda of rationalizing bigotry.

                            Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

                            by angry marmot on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 09:56:18 AM PDT

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                          •  Pat Condell? Really? (1+ / 0-)
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                            A man who, like many on the right, mischaracterized Park51?

                            A man who has said that Islam would be outlawed in civilized society if it wasn't a religion?

                            A man who has called Islam a religion of violence, which ignores the fact that just as much, if not more, violence has been committed in the name of Christianity?

                            What about his views on Islam seems reasonable to you?

                          •  Do you believe that Christianity (0+ / 0-)

                            in the modern world is as violent and as much of a threat to the world as Islam currently is? Religions go through different stages of development; I don't see how any reasonable person could possibly say that Christianity, right now or in the immediately foreseeable future, is anywhere near as violent as Islam currently is. So yes, on that point I think he's reasonable and solidly backed up by mountains of evidence.

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                            by Noisy Democrat on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:12:23 AM PDT

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                •  Seriously though (1+ / 0-)
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                  the idea that right wing Islamists, a minority of a minority in the UK, are anywhere close to supplanting English culture and imposing sharia law is laughable. Short of a mass conversion by the majority of the population, there's no credible scenario for such.

                  Nothing human is alien to me.

                  by WB Reeves on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 12:55:54 AM PDT

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              •  It seems to me (1+ / 0-)
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                that "pro-western values" tends, more often than not, to be code for "white".

                Groups that talk about protecting pro-western values, western culture, etc., are almost always really talking about protecting white people.  This is what they consider Western.

            •  Defending Culture/Race (2+ / 0-)
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              I'm not sure if you're just not paying attention or don't get the concept but defending a culture is defending whiteness. The extreme right, including StormFront, Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, have made it acceptable to use culture as the dog whistle replacement word for race.  

              The diary points out that the same thing is happening in England as people try to cover their want to see their race, this time defined in religious terms, keep the dominant position in society. However, race is no longer socially acceptable so the term culture is used instead. You say  

              I think that some people get confused about the difference between defending a culture, which is perfectly reasonable, and defending a race, which is obnoxious.
              Defending a culture is not perfectly reasonable because culture, just like everything else, should be carefully scrutinized before it's blindly consider worth defense.  
              •  But then once people *do* scrutinize (0+ / 0-)

                their culture, and decide that they prefer their culture, law and traditions to those of some outside group -- you're saying they still shouldn't defend it?

                I strongly disagree that everyone who wants to hold onto Western values and Western culture is racist or wants to see only white people in charge. It simply isn't true. To say that culture = race denies a voice to people who want to stand up for their cultural values.

                But I have a question -- very seriously. What is it that you think is driving the EDL? You talked about people wanting to keep their dominant position in society -- which people, and what position? I think what's driving people to join the EDL is that working-class British people are afraid of what they see as the intolerance and violence of some Muslim immigrants who do things like run sex slavery gangs with impunity (until the very recent crackdown), and the antics of people like Anjam Choudary, who organizes rallies in which people carry signs with lovely sentiments like "Butcher those who insult Islam" and "Sharia for the UK." I think they're afraid that appeasement now will eventually lead to serious conflict -- not next year, but in a couple of generations.

                What do you think is motivating them? Simple fear that white people won't be on top anymore?

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                by Noisy Democrat on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 07:24:39 AM PDT

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          •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

            As a corollary of not joining any organization that would have me as a member, of course.

            Chechnya: Russia's North Carolina.

            by NE2 on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:32:07 PM PDT

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        •  I do know for a fact that they have co-ordinated (0+ / 0-)

          with the BNP, though they currently don't have a good relationship with them. Chris Renton, who's one of their social media guys, is a member of the BNP, NOT the BFP, the BNP.

          They've coordinated with groups such as Combat 18, a banned Neo-Nazi terrorist group. Some of their leaders have been associated with the National Front, as well as the BNP.

          They have taken Nick Griffin's message, about being sale-able, to heart. They are acting directly on his advice, with institutional support from several BNP, not BFP, members, of whom Chris Renton is one.

          The English Defense League is playing this game as well as they can.

          We know who their leadership is, we know they chose Robinson specifically as a figurehead because he's not been associated with the BNP or NF. We know that there are former leaders and people with positions of organizational importance who have been members of far-right hate groups in the past. We know that some of their leaders have been associated with various groups, from the BNP and NF, to Combat 18 and the Hammerskins.

          They were originally a white nationalist, neo-nazi organization. Robinson is doing nothing but attempting to clean up their image.

          The only reason that the British government hasn't banned them outright is out of fears that it will simply make them more extreme. David Cameron himself has said so.

          One of the main websites I use that has a storehouse for this information exactly is currently down. I will provide you with links as soon as I have access to the data.

          An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

          by OllieGarkey on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:43:06 PM PDT

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          •  That is very helpful -- thank you (1+ / 0-)
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            If I've been confused or misled on this point, I really appreciate the information. If you can remember to tell me about the website when it's available, I will definitely read it carefully.

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            by Noisy Democrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:47:47 PM PDT

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            •  Here: (0+ / 0-)

              http://web.archive.org/...

              They quote statements made on twitter by EDL and BFP leaders. They've since gotten better with twitter.

              http://web.archive.org/...

              There's an example of a member of the BFP saying that a 14 year old Muslim girl deserved to be shot.

              When that website pops up again, you'll find collections of the EDL and BFP leadership showing their true, white nationalist colors.

              An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

              by OllieGarkey on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 09:29:26 AM PDT

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