Brave Sir Lionheart Stays in Malta

Paul Ray has posted a rambling “message to Anjem Choudary” on his YouTube channel, sitting at a table behind what appears to be an open Bible and a propped-up photo of his recent meeting with Johnny Adair fan Nick Greger at St Paul’s Grotto in Malta.

Ray warns Choudary that his plans to establish an Islamic state in the UK will be defeated by the English Defence League, but he goes on to explain that he himself will not be attending any EDL protests as the police are after him for “religious hatred” and the government’s control of the system cannot be beaten. Somewhat strangely, he then goes on to call for the release of Charles Bronson, a long-term prisoner who has become famous in the UK for his history of violence while behind bars.

Of course, it’s worth recalling that Ray does not enjoy good relations with a number of EDL leaders, and that may also have influenced his decision to remain in Malta…

Several groups are planning counter-protests against Choudary in London today, as I noted on Monday.

CBN Scrubs “Witch Candy” Blog Post

The Christian Broadcasting Network has caved in to scoffers and mockers and scrubbed a blog post which explained the dangers of Halloween:

During this period demons are assigned against those who participate in the rituals and festivities. These demons are automatically drawn to the fetishes that open doors for them to come into the lives of human beings. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches.

…Mother earth is highly celebrated during the fall demonic harvest. Witches praise mother earth by bringing her fruits, nuts and herbs. Demons are loosed during these acts of worship. When nice church folk lay out their pumpkins on the church lawn, fill their baskets with nuts and herbs, and fire up their bonfires, the demons get busy. They have no respect for the church grounds. They respect only the sacrifice and do not care if it comes from believers or non-believers.

… The danger of Halloween is not in the scary things we see but in the secret, wicked, cruel activities that go on behind the scenes. These activities include:

  • Sex with demons
  • Orgies between animals and humans
  • Animal and human sacrifices
  • Sacrificing babies to shed innocent blood
  • Rape and molestation of adults, children and babies
  • Revel nights
  • Conjuring of demons and casting of spells
  • Release of “time-released” curses against the innocent and the ignorant.

Another abomination that goes on behind the scenes of Halloween is necromancy, or communication with the dead. Séances and contacting spirit guides are very popular on Halloween, so there is a lot of darkness lurking in the air.

The post was by Kimberly Daniels and taken from Charisma magazine, although much of sceptical reaction has been at the expense of CBN’s president, Pat Robertson. Regarding Halloween as demonic is common among Charismatic and neo-Pentecostal churches (and Evangelicals in general are not very keen on the celebration), and it is no surprise to read that she has links with C. Peter Wager. It is interesting, though, to see elements of conspiracy theory, harking back to do the debunked “Satanic panics” of the 1980s.

Daniels has her own ministry, Kimberly Daniels Ministry International, where there is a profile. We are told:

Kimberly Daniels was the fastest female sprinter in junior college in the nation and in the military around the world. Later, she was spiraled into a lifestyle of prostitution and drugs. Since the miraculous intervention of Jesus in her life, she shares her testimony globally. She is a graduate of Florida State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.  Kim’s educational efforts have also blessed her with a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling…Kim currently spearheads a coalition of over 20,000 intercessors called Commanders of the Morning. She and her husband, Ardell, have six children. They travel internationally with the commitment to bring apostolic truth to the body of Christ.

She seems to be on the up; only 8,000 “Commanders” are mentioned in an advert for a conference here, where she will be speaking alongside some characters we’ve met before: Chuck Pierce and Dutch Sheets.

A 2002 Charisma profile has further background:

With her team of “demon busters,” Daniels is “stomping on the devil” and enjoying every minute of it. Once a drug addict herself, Daniels travels the globe teaching on spiritual warfare…As raw as the inner city where she grew up, Daniels, 40, spends most of her year traveling across the United States in a 30-foot recreational vehicle dubbed the Demon Buster Mobile.

Daniels began her career after attending a meeting given by Prosperity Gospel patriarch Kenneth Hagin:

At a prayer meeting in her hotel with other attendees, Daniels says someone prophesied, “An unclean spirit is among us.” Believing this word was for her, Daniels stepped forward to receive prayer. When the meeting was over, she says she was free from demonic oppression, had been baptized in the Holy Spirit and was speaking in tongues.

 The article continues:

…In 1996, Daniels and her husband founded Spoken Word church with a handful of faithful… When young people involved in the African religion Yoruba [sic – author means the traditional religion of the Yoruba people -RBsought her out for deliverance, they introduced themselves by naming the strongmen over their heads, telling her that in order to help them, she’d have to deal with these demonic forces.

…Not easily intimidated, Daniels confronts demons boldly, often calling them “sissy, punk gods” before casting them out. Though unconventional, her method has produced much fruit.

Lavette Peoples, 29, was a practicing witch when she first visited Spoken Word Ministries (SWM). “I participated in spells, blood and animal sacrifices, astral projection and conjured up demons,” says Peoples, now an intercessor at SWM. “I was crying out for help, and nobody in the city recognized I was full of demons. But when I went to Kim’s church, I received deliverance…”

In 2000, Daniels was ordained through apostle John Eckhardt’s Impact Ministries. Eckhardt, pastor of Crusaders Church in Chicago, says he recognized an apostolic gift in Daniels and believes God will use her to encourage other women called to walk in similar kinds of ministries.

 Eckhardt has a website here; one of his sermons deals with “how cities are affected by demonic forces residing in the water”.

UPDATE: A reader notes that Daniels’ autobiography has a foreword by John Hagee‘s wife Diana Hagee.

Delivered to Destiny

Irish Clairvoyant Predicts Announcement from Virgin Mary; Crowds Gather at Knock

From Ireland Central:

Thousands of Irish people claim to have witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the skies over Knock shrine in Co Mayo.

About 5,000 people gathered at the holy Catholic shrine earlier this month amid a Dublin-based clairvoyant’s predictions that an apparition would appear on October 11.

…Another apparition has been predicted by the same clairvoyant, Joe Coleman, for this weekend and several thousand people are expected to make the pilgrimage to Knock.

The clairvoyant is a certain Joe Coleman, who tells us that

“I have seen her twice in recent months in the Gable chapel at Knock. The statue comes alive, she opens her arms, a lovely pink cloak comes around her, there are stars above her head, she turned into Jesus, then to Padre Pio and then back to herself. While the vision is happening, I can see nothing else in the chapel.

“She has told me she wants to make the biggest statement she has ever made on this earth. Knock is the spiritual heart of Ireland.”

Apparently Mary is “angry”, and plans to issue a warning.

Archbishop Michael Neary is unimpressed, and a piece in the Irish Times has excellent input from Eugene Hynes, an US-based Irish sociologist who has studied Knock:

He is unsurprised to hear that Archbishop Neary is sceptical of the current claims of an apparition at Knock. “This type of conflict between clergy and the devout is typical all over the world. The hierarchy want to promote devotion within tradition and an orthodoxy. Apparitions kind of bypass that,” Hynes remarks drily. “That man in Dublin is implying he knows something, and that’s very threatening to the clergy. He’s implying he’s a mouthpiece to something special.”

…As a sociologist, what interests Hynes most about the claims Coleman is making is the fact that people are paying so much attention to them. “He has to have some credibility or people wouldn’t be paying attention to him. You could have someone stand up in O’Connell Street and say they’d seen the Virgin Mary and people would ignore them. But he is not being ignored. Why is that?”

That’s a particularly interesting question, given that Coleman seems more New Age than traditional Catholic. Previously, he has declared that

The lost city of Atlantis will rise in 2012

However, Coleman does have a local public profile through presenting a radio programme. According to documentation created by West Dublin Access Radio:

Joe Coleman began his career on radio by co-presenting the Rad Mag with Marian Butler over six years ago. He enjoyed the experience so much that he looked for his own programme. He now produces and presents Joe’s Journey every Tuesday afternoon between 12.30 and 1.30pm, where he invites people in to the programme to talk about any aspect of life’s journey and he has a huge interest in local musicians and historians. Married Joe and his family live in the heart of Ballyfermot. Joe is very involved in the Community through the Heritage Group. Joe is also a Spiritual Medium an Spiritual Healer and his main objective is to bring light and love to all. He believes the radio has given him a new lease of life and he loves the interactive service radio has to offer.

A 2007 profile explains that he had an out-of-body experience some years ago during emergency surgery, during which his dead father told him to return to earth to heal people:

Following the surgery Joe says “I realised that two people came back with me and they are working with me every day since.”… Joe has raised his status over the years – some of the many skills Joe has claimed to have acquired are clairvoyance, healing abilities and rescue work (releasing trapped spirits), through word of mouth Joe has been sought out from people all over world for readings and healing.

People from “all walks of life” seek Joe for spiritual council and he even claims to have read for people of great stature, “I’ve read for members of the clergy and many top people in this town, they all come back to me.”

He also claims a previous encounter with the Virgin Mary, at Kerrytown:

During the first 10 minutes I noticed the face of Mary change to her Son Jesus, it then changed to Padre Pio, then back to Jesus, and then back to Mary. I has seen Mary before some months earlier in the summer. She was very beautiful when she appeared to this time at the rock. She was crying tears of great sadness for the children of Ireland. She asked me to me tell all the people that had come to the rock, that everbody would receive a cure on this day at the rock… she was crying she said she was very sad that our young people are not saying the rosary. She wants all our people to pray and go back to her beloved son Jesus and come to him at mass. She said that there are great changes coming to the earth and we must pray and ask for guidance and help on our earthly journey. I asked Mary what prayers must we pray. She said Pray “OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, O ANGEL OF GOD.” You must pray every day. Pray to Padre Pio. He will help you with your prayers” She said she is the mother of Jesus and she loves all of us very much. She told me I am very special to her, and that she hears my prayers every day. Mother Mary looked very young and pretty, about 35 years. She had a crown of roses on her head. She wore a white gown-dress no sleeves. She was barefoot, flowers on her feet were golden daisies.

Discussions on various forums include the following testimonies:

he is very hard to get an appoinment,but come highly recommeded.just over downeys pub,the phone number is on the door

…Joe has been working with Spirit all his life and is a very honest and genuine man. Readings involve information on past present and future, this work he channels through Spirit Guides and Angels.
He communicates with people who have passed from this life into the Spirit World…His healing room is based on Ballyfermot Road, over Jackie’s Florist.

…I have been to Joe myself several times , and have always been very impressed. He is one of the best , as far as I know.

…yes I have got messages through joe coleman that were very accurate. I was in lot of trouble at the time , and he was the first to show me light at the end of the tunnell. Eveything worked out ,exactly as Joe told it would.

Ugandan Pastors who Denounced Colleague for Homosexuality Accused of Criminal Trespass

One of the stranger stories from Uganda continues; the New Vision reports:

 Two pastors at the centre of homosexual allegations against their colleague, Robert Kayira [sic], were yesterday interrogated by the Police on charges of criminal trespass.

Pastor Michael Kyazze and his assistant Robert Kayira of Omega Healing Centre were interrogated at the Kampala Central Police Station.

That first mention of Kayira is an unfortunate and confusing typo – the author means Robert Kayanja, who had been deounced by Kayira and Kyazze at the behest of another powerful Pentecostal figure:

The pastors were accompanied by Pastor Martin Ssempa of Makerere Community Church and Solomon Male of Arise for Christ.

Kayanja enjoys strong political links in the country, and his accusers have been arrested for allegedly setting him up.

The incident should embarrass the pastors’ American contacts; as I blogged back in May, Kayanja has long-standing links with Benny Hinn, while Ssempa (who held a high-profile anti-gay rally in 2007) works closely with Rick Warren; Warren’s wife has described him as her “brother”.

Meanwhile, there is a wider context, as Uganda discusses a proposed “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” (that’s its official name) which is so wide-ranging and draconian the word “totalitarian” is appropriate.

Nostradamus Spells Doom for New York Governor Candidate

From the Buffalo News:

County Executive Chris Collins has apologized to [New York State] Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after comparing him to Adolf Hitler and an “Antichrist” during remarks at Saturday evening’s Erie County Republican dinner at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

In a story first reported by the New York Daily News, the county executive — who is exploring a run for governor next year — referred to French seer Nostradamus’ predictions that the world would experience three Antichrists before the Apocalypse. He then said it’s generally accepted the first was Napoleon, the second Hitler, and was “pretty sure” the third is Silver — an orthodox Jew.

Buffalo blogger Alan Bedenko has some sage advice:

It’s probably a bad idea for any politician to discuss the prophecies of Nostradamus at any political event, if the politician intends to be taken seriously. Even if it’s a joke. It’s an even worse idea to suggest that a contemporary political figure is the third in the trilogy of anti-Christs prophesied by Nostradamus; Napoleon and Hitler widely regarded as the first two. To suggest that an Orthodox Jewish New York State politician is the anti-Christ is a failure of massive proportions.

Bad taste aside, it’s depressing that the idea that Nostradamus mystically predicted any future event remains “generally accepted”, given that Nostradamus has been thoroughly debunked. Century 8 Quatrain1 mentions three towns near Nostradamus’ childhood home: Pau, Nay, and Loron (Oloron) – believers insist this is in fact “Napoleon”, as well as, for good measure, “Apollyon”. Century 2 Quatrain 24 and Century 4 Quatrain 68 both mention the Ister, an old name for part of the river Danube, which the credulous take to be a reference to “Hitler”. It’s all nonsense imposed on the text, like Walid Shoebat seeing the Arabic words “In the name of Allah” encoded in the Book of Revelation or Joel Richardson seeing the rise of Islam predicted in the Book of Daniel.

Meanwhile, some Christian fundamentalists – in particular John Hagee and the late Jerry Falwell – have warned of a coming Jewish Anti-Christ; and in their cases, they were not joking…

Four Protest Groups in London on Saturday 31 October

Come Saturday, there will be at least four groups protesting in central London:

(1) Islam4UK. They write:

On 31st October 2009, at approximately 1 pm, Muslims will be marching in a spectacular procession in support of Shari’ah law.  Never before has such an event taken place in the United Kingdom, as thousands of Muslims plan to take to the heart of the Capital and demand the full implementation of Shari’ah law… This march will begin from the Houses of Parliament, followed by 10 Downing Street and culminate in Trafalgar Square, to let the people of Britain know that Islam and Shari’ah is coming to them very, very, soon….

This is, of course, just the latest in a long line of stunts by the small cadre of fundamentalists grouped around Anjem Choudary.

(2) The English Defence League. According to a video message on Paul Ray’s website (sic for spellings):

London October 31st is a pivotol moment in our modern history and could change the course of history. Sharia law and militant Islam have no place upon English soil. There is a counter protest to Anjem Choudary that starts at 12 in Picadilly Circus. But if you cant make that then descend on Picadilly Circus in protest after the football.

The official EDL website adds:

Whilst British troops have been fighting and dying, your Members of Parliament have submitting inappropriate expense claims for duck islands, porn films and luxurious second homes. Their obscene behaviour had to be leaked to the press before some of them reluctantly repaid the money taken from tax-payers.

They have also bailed-out the fat-cats, the privileged few, in the City with hundreds of billions of pounds of tax-payers money whilst leaving 2.47 million British people to rot unemployed, or on unliveable wages.

In the absence of effective Government the English Defence League has been forced to rise up.

If you share the EDL’s values please attend the peaceful demonstrations at Leeds City Square at 1pm on Saturday 31st October 2009, and also at London Piccadilly Circus at 12pm on the same day.

The EDL had originally declined to endorse the London event, and one would have thought that Paul Ray’s recent alliance with a man who glorifies Northern Irish Loyalist groups would have made the organisation even less inclined to be associated with Ray’s “St George Division”. However, apparently an “EDL London” group has now come onto the scence, making it official.

(3) Muslims4UK. According to their website:

Demonstrate Against Al Muhajiroun and for Secular Democracy

This is a guest post by British Muslims for Secular Democracy – RB

British Muslims for Secular Democracy today announces the launch of its plans to organise a demonstration on Saturday 31st October to counter a demonstration by Al Muhajiroun, at which they will call for the abolition of democracy in Britain and the imposition of Shariah Law on all.

That demonstration has been called by Islam 4 UK – a successor organisation to Al Muhajiroun.

British Muslims for Secular Democracy are organising the counter demonstration, bringing together a number of religious and non-religious groups.

Shaaz Mahboob, vice-chair of British Muslims for Secular Democracy says:

Our counter-demonstration is based on our belief in, and commitment to, those liberal values that define the British state, including legal and constitutional equality for all, equal rights for women and minorities, and religious freedom, including the right to be free of faith.

We have produced a video that explains why we’re demonstrating:

Please join us via our website, and via our Facebook page.

Invite your friends, help get the word out, and see you in Piccadilly Circus, 1 pm, Saturday 31 October.

Glen Jenvey: “Don’t Call Me Omar” – Explains that Conversion to Radical Islam was Bogus

August:

Glen Jenvey Conversion

October: 

Glen Jenvey Post Muslim

Back in January, it was shown that freelance “terror expert” Glen Jenvey had been making bogus postings to Muslim web forums which he would then use as evidence of Muslim extremism to generate stories in tabloid newspapers. The initial evidence was discovered by Tim Ireland, and confirmed by an audio recording in which Jenvey admitted to using a particular on-line alias. That audio recording was passed to Tim and me by Dominic Wightman for his own purposes; he told us that it had been made by Charlie Flowers, of a music group known as the Fighting Cocks (I’ve blogged on both these characters here and here).

Tim’s discovery led to reports in the Guardian and Private Eye (in the latter case without acknowledging Tim’s work), and in May doubts about Jenvey were mentioned in passing in a Daily Mail article about anti-Muslim protests in Luton. Jenvey was greatly offended and upset by this Mail piece – he made a video threatening to kill himself outside the newspaper’s offices, and shortly afterwards he announced his conversion to Islam and a new association with the Islamic extremists around Anjem Choudary. His new Islamic identity was remarkably crude, and he railed bitterly against Jews and Israelis. He explained that he had created a story about British Jews being targeted by Muslim extremists in revenge for military action in Gaza (the story which brought him to Tim’s attention) because he wanted British Jews to share the fear felt by Palestinians; this was a somewhat problematic explanation, as this was several months before his conversion to Islam and he was on record as being very pro-Israeli.

And now – not entirely unexpectedly – he’s switched back again. In a video which he posted to Liveleak and then pulled (but which can still be seen in Google cache), he explains that the whole business was an exercise  in infiltration, as a result of which he now knows more about Muslim extremists in Wiltshire and Hampshire, the area of the UK in which he lives (although he also met lots of moderates). He also claims he had to undertake this subterfuge because the security services are “clueless” and “institutionally racist”. He kisses a crucifix, mentions the fact that he is gay, and tells us that during his undercover period he would read the Koran while drinking beer and speak to Omar Bakri on the phone while eating a bacon sandwich and drinking wine.  He also says he has been working for “an MP and a diplomat” – presumably a reference to Patrick Mercer MP, who has lately been keen to distance himself from his past association with Jenvey. We’re promised more information when he has written his book.

This is not the first time Jenvey has done this: a few years ago he ran a pro-Jihadi website to generate interest from Islamic extremists, which he then replaced with the message that “Jehad is crap” followed by an attack on the national identity of Palestinians.

UPDATE: Now on YouTube:

Elie Wiesel Links with Pastor Who Promotes NWO Conspiracy Theories and Predicts “Part-Jewish” Anti-Christ

Talk to Action draws attention to the following event:

CUFI Wiesel

Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement of John McCain in 2008 was famously repudiated by the presidential candidate after Talk to Action‘s Bruce Wilson uncovered a sermon in which Hagee described Hitler as a “hunter” sent by God to persuade Jews that they needed to establish the State of Israel. It also came to light that Hagee considers that both Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler were effective tools of Satan because of their supposed Jewish heritage (a long-debunked legend in Hitler’s case), and that he considers bankers such as the Rothschilds to be part of a New World Order conspiracy. Against this, Hagee maintains that he highly supportive of Jews and respectful of Judaism, but as I argued at the time:

it’s clear that Hagee’s philo-Semitism collapses in on itself: Hagee sees Jews not as real three-dimensional people, but simply as instruments in a divine drama. Those Jews who act according to God’s script receive Hagee’s regard and support, but the logic of his theology means that the Jew who strays from the path – such as Marx, the Rothschilds, and, erm, Hitler – potentially becomes a uniquely effective tool of Satan. Thus, like the late Jerry Falwell, Hagee teaches that the anti-Christ will be at least “partly” Jewish.

Hagee co-opts old anti-Jewish conspiracy theories while expressing support for Jews. But this just means that the essential anti-Jewish element of these theories is currently (more or less) dormant – and Hagee’s “paranoid style” is inseparable from an irrational hatred of minority groups. The possibility remains that Hagee’s conspiracy teachings may one day help to create an anti-Jewish climate, just as their originators intended.

However, while the McCain endorsement fiasco damaged both men, Hagee was given a vote of confidence by prominent conservatives shortly afterwards. Getting Elie Wiesel on board is probably his best PR move yet.

This video has more background:

There’s also this unofficial video inspired by a Hagee sermon and put together by a fan:

Paul Ray Identifies with Northern Ireland Loyalist Groups

Alliance with former Neo-Nazi who is now friends with Johnny Adair

Ray and Greger

Paul Ray, originator of the English Defence League, has found a new friend: Nick Greger, the German former neo-Nazi who is now a close associate of the Northern Ireland Loyalist Johnny Adair. On Ray’s blog, he and Greger pose together with a t-shirt glorifying Loyalist terrorist organisations as part of a gallery announcing the launch of “The Ancient Order of Templar Knights”. Other pictures feature Greger’s Tanzanian wife (wearing a Johnny Adair t-shirt) and an unnamed black man who represents “Ghana” to match Ray’s “England” and Greger’s “Germany”. The two men also sport fresh matching Star of David tattoos on their wrists.

[UPDATE: A reader points out that some of the pictures were taken at St Paul’s Grotto in the village of Rabat on Malta; the statue of St Paul was a gift to the Grotto from the Grand Master of the Order of St John in the eighteenth century.]

From one perspective this seems to be something of an escalation for Ray, who has now gone from flirting with the BNP (he opines that God is moving Nick Griffin and the party towards a non-racialist nationalism) and fantasising about how “traitors” should be “shot” to unambiguous identification with organisations known for violence. However, Greger is perhaps a natural soul-mate for Ray; while Ray has been mocked by EDL activists such as Chris Renton for his “religious shite”, Greger by contrast has messages from God. Greger was the subject of a Donal MacIntyre documentary in 2007; a review here has further details:

After serving prison time for directing acts of terrorism, Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair was living in exile in Scotland, forced out of Northern Ireland by his own people, when he got a message from a man he had never met: Nick Greger, the head of a neo-Nazi group in Dresden, Germany. While in prison for plotting an act of terror, Greger had heard that his idol Adair was vulnerable from attack by his enemies and organised a team of bodyguards to protect him and his family. Now, two years later, Greger has been released from prison and has big plans for himself and the man he idolises.

…When Adair meets up with Greger in Dresden, the two men talk about what their futures hold. They both know that the world they knew has now left them behind, and they need a new purpose. To this end, Greger tells Adair about his new plan. He claims to have renounced his Nazi past and become a born-again Christian, and tells Adair that he had a vision telling him to go to Uganda and build an orphanage. He wants to name it after Adair’s C Company cell of the Ulster Freedom Fighters, and hopes that he will be involved in the project – but it later transpires that there may be more to his trip than helping the children and giving “something back”. The last time Greger was in Uganda, he says he was involved in arms dealing and dabbled in blood diamonds… After a few days… Greger has had to flee to Tanzania due to “problems” in Uganda – and has become engaged to a young Tanzanian woman he just met.

Ray has also written about Greger in the past; there is a blog entry from 2007:

German Nick was at one time one of the most vicious and violent Neo-N4zi’s in Germany who ended up in prison due to his N4zi ideals and “The General” Johnny Adair was one of Northern Ireland’s most infamous paramilitary leaders.

German Nick has repented of his N4zi ways, has aligned himself with the Cross of Christ and pledged his allegiance to “The General” Johnny Adair. He can see clearly what is befalling his homeland, the continent of Europe and the future War that is now upon us because he clearly states that the war that is coming is a religious war between Moslems and Christians.

…Mr. Adair clearly says that the last chapter of his life is yet to be written…let us hope and pray that “The General” stands behind the Cross of Christ with the armies of Christendom for the sake of the future of the civilized world.

Ray’s current position within the EDL is unclear; the leaders wear masks in public and use false names, but it seems that Ray runs an off-shoot at odds with the main organisation and calling itself the “EDL: St. George Division“. He has called for a counter-protest in London for 31 October in the name of the English and Welsh Defence Leagues against a a “March for Shariah” planned by Muslim extremist Anjem Choudary, but the EDL website insists that it has nothing to do with this event and instead urges supporters to protest in Leeds. On the other hand, though, the recent interview with EDL leaders given to Martin Mawyer of the Christian Action Network was facilitated by Ray, and a recent EDL video included an image of “Crusader” graffiti taken from Ray’s blog.

Newsnight ran a piece on the EDL last week, and mentioned in passing that there were rumours of overtures from Northern Irish paramilitary groups. For whatever reason of his own, Ray has now decided to put into the public domain evidence strongly suggestive that such a link is in the offing.