OneNewsNow promotes “Ethnic Tensions” Conspiracy Theory

OneNewsNow has a book to puff:

Dr. Michael Coffman, author of Rescuing a Broken America: Why America is Deeply Divided and How to Heal it Constitutionally, says ethnic tensions are a “hallmark” of the last days, because ethnic groups are said to rise against other ethnic groups in division and contention.

“We’re seeing that beginning to happen now, where there is this bitter hatred that’s being developed between the different ethnicities, as well as the whole concept of poor against the rich,” he notes. “And all the rest is that we’re being divided and re-divided so that this nation cannot stand.”

How can one “rescue” America if what’s happening is a sign of the “last days”? It’s nonsensical, although apocalyptic forms of Christian fundamentalism have often managed to accommodate a this-worldly vision of the future without provoking cognitive dissonance. Coffman explains the reason for ethnic tensions – and it of course has nothing to do with nativist Tea Partiers or misleadingly edited videos being used to whip up white resentment. He explains:

“One of the purposes I believe that we are seeing such a massive influx of illegal immigration that’s being encouraged by some of the elites here in this country is to totally demonize or to bring down the understanding of our historical roots so that they can convert this nation into a socialist nation that’s very easily controlled by the elites,” the author speculates.

The book is published by Morgan James Publishers, which specialises in books for entrepreneurs; the founder, David L. Hancock, claims to be “recognized by NASDAQ as one of the world’s most prestigious business leaders”. The book also comes with endorsements from Phyllis Schlafly and Alan Quist, as well as from a certain Valerie McDougal, described as a “Concerned Citizen”.

Coffman exists at that strange juncture where economic libertarianism and Christian fundamentalism come together, bonded through conspiracy theories; according to a blurb on his “Environmental Perspectives” organisation:

Environmental Perspectives, Inc. is an educational-research organization that since 1992 has been helping citizens across America to understand the dangers of the environmental movement and how false environmental catastrophes like global warming are being used to justify the need for world government and a pantheistic-based (nature is god) religion. Dr. Coffman, the founder of Environmental Perspectives, has written four books: Environmentalism, The Dawn of Aquarius or the Twilight of a New Dark Age; Saviors of the Earth, the Politics and Religion of the Environmental Movement; The Birth of World Government; and the most recent, Dreamkillers, Abuse of Regulatory Eminent Domain.

…Saviors of the Earth has not only helped America understand the dangers of the environmental movement, but has been instrumental in helping many conservatives in Congress to understand ongoing global events. The information in Saviors of the Earth even provided the basis for stopping the ratification of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

Yes, immigrants entering the USA is a sign of the “last days”, but evidence for global warming is a conspiracy.

Coffman runs several websites alongside “Environmental Perspectives”: these include “Global Warming or Global Governance?” and “Discerning the Times“, where he boasts that he is “one of a very few people in the United States who have an in-depth knowledge of current events that relate to Biblical prophecy.” In particular, he tells us that he “correctly predicted in 1999 that a major terrorist attack would occur in the United States led by Osama bin Laden and that bin Laden would not be caught or killed”, although the evidence he gives us is underwhelming: his 1999 piece merely cites other reports about Bin Laden, links this to Y2K fearmongering, and warns that an attack would allow Bill Clinton “to impose the Martial Law for which he has carefully been preparing since taking office.”

He is also part of an outfit called Sovereignty International, Inc; the advisory council includes Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center; Alan Caruba of the wonderfully-named National Anxiety Center; Cliff Kincaid (here listed in his capacity as running America’s Survival, Inc.), and David Rothard of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. Other people at Sovereignty International include Henry Lamb of Freedom 21 (whose speakers have included Coffman alongside the likes of Chuck Baldwin and Jerome Corsi, whom I blogged on here) and Floy Lilley of the Mises Institute.

Coffman has also been promoting himself on  Alex Jones’s radio show; according to a blurb on Jones’s site:

Over the past 100 years global forces have actively worked to change the world view of Americans and create what they now call global governance. Unknowingly indoctrinated Americans have moved from a liberty and constitutionally focused world view based on the writings of Englishman John Locke, to that of government control of the individual based on the writings of Frenchman Jean Jacque Rousseau. After failing in the early 20th century, Rousseau’s progressive model of state control once again dominates government policy and America’s world view.

This is a typical pseudo-intellectual approach to understanding historical change and the history of ideas: instead of complex processes, there’s one figure – preferably a well-known philosopher – who provides the key which explains everything. In turn, Coffman promotes a Jones DVD entitled Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement (“Watch as Jones and his team track the elusive Bilderberg Group to Ottawa and Istanbul to document their secret summits, allowing you to witness global kingpins setting the world’s agenda and instigating World War III”). Coffman has also recently been interviewed by Jan Markell:

Dr. Michael Coffman and Jan discuss Michael’s new book, “Rescuing a Broken America.” They take a closer look at the movers and shakers that are bringing America down: Cloward and Piven, Saul Alinsky, Jean Rousseau [! – RB], and more. There is a worldview war going on and it affects both liberals and conservatives; both Democrats and Republicans. In the 1960s, Cloward and Piven came up with a plan to overwhelm the American system and cause the nation to collapse. That is the primary road map being utilized today by the socialists in high places in America. They emphasize the importance of the “lame duck” session after the November election and into January 2011. The planned mayhem coming from the Left for those few months is staggering. Repealing some of the current and planned destruction is possible. Learn how.

Robert Spencer Scrubs Muslim “Provocation” Story

Robert Spencer reports on a Muslim outrage on a flight from London to Malta:

Alas, the Malta Independent Online has further details:

The story that made the rounds of the world that a Muslim man was apprehended on an Air Malta plane when he persisted in praying out aloud in the aisle just as the plane was taxying to take off at London’s Heathrow Airport, now has to be revised.

It was a Caribbean Christian man, Maria Busuttil who was on the plane with him, told The Times. And the prayer he was chanting was the ‘Our Father’…

Of course, it would be unfair to blame Spencer simply for taking a news report at face value. Most of us who blog on news matters have probably at some point disseminated a story which has turned out to be problematic or even erroneous – this happened to me in 2006, when I blogged on reports from Canada that some native rock art had been damaged by local neo-Pentecostals.

What distinguishes a responsible blogger from a ideologue hack out to manipulate is how one deals with such mistakes. In my case, it seemed obvious that natural decency demanded that I should follow-up with a corrective blog entry and a note on my original posting. Anything less would be disrespectful to the truth, to my readers, and to those under discussion.

Spencer, however, has a different approach. He sees no need for a correction, or even for an acknowledgement that the story may be disputed (the Malta Independent report contains the detail that “Brian Grech who had a hand in restraining the man, still insisted the man was an Arab Muslim”). Instead, there’s just this:

Not a huge surprise – in August 2009 Spencer did the same thing after disseminating the story of a mass paedophile wedding in Gaza.

(H/T: Eats, Shoots ‘n Leaves and United Shades of Britain)

“Ark Hunter” Vendyl Jones has Died

From Arutz Sheva:

Noahide archaeologist who discovered an immense stock of incense used in the Second Temple as well as the aromatic anointing oil – has passed away at the age of 80. He was most famous for his search for the Ark of the Covenant.

…His life goals began to take root when he learned, in 1964, that the Copper Scroll had been found in a cave at Qumran, Israel, and that it listed – in coded form – the hiding places of sacred articles such as the Ark of the Covenant.

Of course, this is nonsense: the Copper Scroll dates from the Second Temple Period, long after the Ark had been destroyed. Jones’ entire pseudo-archaeological “career” was a tragic misdirection of his undoubted energies, which were wasted on crank notions derived from an approach which regards religion as an exciting – but ultimately chimerical – treasure hunt.

He was, though, an effective self-publicist; as I blogged here, he regularly garnered journalistic interest by announcing he was “on the verge” of finding the Ark of the Covenant; in 2005 he announced that an “unnamed Kabbalist” had promised that he would find it that summer. He also rejected his Christian background (Baptist) to become a “Noahide” – a new religious movement made up primarily of ex-Christian fundamentalists, which can be summed up as “Gentiles for Judaism”. In relation to this, he became connected to a theocratic Israeli organisation calling itself the “Sanhendrin“.

The reality around Jones is still rather foggy:

Dr. Jones was often said to be the inspiration behind the “Indiana Jones” films starring Harrison Ford, though he himself has denied it, as have the film-makers.

Indiana Jones was in fact named after George Lucas’ dog, but rather than denying the story, Vendyl in fact promoted the rumour:

“I agreed to help him write the movie,” Jones said, “as long as – number one – he wouldn’t set it here (In Israel). Some people believe the ark is in Ethiopia or Egypt, some believe its in Constantinople or Rome. I just didn’t want it to be portrayed as being here. The second thing was, ‘Don’t use my name.’ So he didn’t. My name is Vendyl – V-E-N-D-Y-L. So he just dropped the first and last letters and it ended up Endy Jones.”

If Jones ever backtracked from this, it must have been because he’d been caught out.

Jones’ death – following several months of debilitating ill-health – was first announced on Facebook, via a certain Yocheved Golani. Golani is an Israeli author and coach, specialising in coping with serious illness. She writes:

I’m sad to report the death of a friend, a man I admire: archaeologist and head of the Noahide Movement Vendyl Jones. For those of you in the USA, here are the funeral details…


…Vendyl was a featured character in my 2nd novel. what a sport to agree to it. I’m so curious as to the Heavenly reason why Vendyl’s life goal was not fulfilled. The answer is probably connected to why I never had the 3rd part of the trilogy published.

The novel is entitled Legacy 2006: Integrity, published in 2003; according to the blurb:

A taut, Clancy-esque novel, LEGACY 2006: INTEGRITY addresses real military concerns, a little-known group of adherents to NOACHIDE LAW, BIBLE CODES, archaeology and unfolding history. With profound and prophetic insight regarding the Middle East, the tale includes a jaw-dropping ending.

The predecessor, simply called Legacy, was published in 2001 and, we are told, “comes highly praised by critic and author Michael Medved”.

However, the baton has perhaps been passed; a while ago, Jim Barfield wrote on his website that

Possibly the most controversial of all the men searching for the Treasures of the Copper Scroll has been the most informative for Jim Barfield’s research to determine the history of the copper document.  He and Jim Barfield differ greatly when it comes to the locations of the treasures listed on the scroll and its translation, but agree very much about its history.

Jim had met Vendyl Jones through a common friend by the name of Miriam Ben Yaakov, a Jewish lady that Jim had met online through Israel National Radio.

…Vendyl has many that oppose his views on the Copper Scroll and even his religious beliefs but Vendyl and his wife Anita have been wonderful to Jim Barfield and his family so he only has good things to say about the hard working and dedicated couple.

I blogged on Barfield here.

(Hat tip: Paleojudaica)

EDL Jewish Division Promotes “Satan’s Face in Dome of the Rock” Claim

Here’s an interesting one:

l blogged on the EDL “Jewish Division” here.

The video has not been created by the EDL – it’s actually been on the internet for several years, and it explains how Michael Cravatt, a “retired engineer and a devout Christian” spotted the image while on a visit to Jerusalem. The video goes on to explain that he found the same picture on a website, although he couldn’t find any information about it.

One American Christian blogger visited the same site last year, and his guide (unspecified whether Israeli or American) drew attention to the feature. He tells us that:

…It was clear that our tour guide deeply resents this entire thing. The Jews discount the Muslim story [of the Night Journey] as a blatant attempt to intrude upon their holy site with the goal of simply being a thorn in their collective side.

…One other interesting thing was that there were natural markings in the marble from which the Dome of the Rock itself was built… Our tour guide sees a demon and pointed it out to us. I guess a bunch of others do to. You be the judge.

Actually, I see Z from Antz.

Meanwhile, this site claims to have found a second demonic image:

It does not look as devilish as the first image, but it looks evil too. Perhaps this one symbolises the beast or the false prophet spoken of in Revelation 20:10. Or, both images can represent the beast and the false prophet respectively.

Incidentally, whoever made the video appears not to know the difference between the dome on the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock, or that when Jerusalem came under Christian control the Temple Mount area was not actually considered sacred. Instead, it was left desolate as a sign of God’s curse, and Jerome described it as being a “dungheap”.

Back in September, the Sun reported that a family in Budapest was “terrified” after “an image of Satan appeared overnight — in a bath tile”.

Center for Security Policy’s Comm Director Calls Comparison with Walid Shoebat a “Smear”

Here’s one I missed from last week: Dave Reaboi, Director of Communications at the Center for Security Policy, responded to the recent Washington Post article on private groups involved with advising law enforcement on terrorism:

Yesterday’s feature, “Monitoring America,” by Dana Priest and William Arkin, intentionally distorts the role of outside experts training local law enforcement in matters related to terrorism.

In an effort to smear the Center for Security Policy, Arkin and Preist erroneously describe the Center’s book, Shariah: The Threat to America, as “expanding on what [Walid] Shoebat and [Ramon] Montijo believe.”

This is false. In fact, Shariah: The Threat to America is an independent work of nineteen national security experts, including the former Director of Central Intelligence, former directors of military intelligence agencies, a former counterterrorism agent in the FBI, experts in Shariah law, and many others. Each of the authors is an expert in his own right on a diverse array of national security issues; in that capacity, they can authoritatively address the nexus between America’s national security and Islamic law, called Shariah…

I blogged on the article here. As I’ve noted previously, the emphasis on the word “shariah” is a rhetorical device to frame Islam as a subversive political ideology rather than as a religion.

But why should an association with Shoebat be seen as a “smear” by the CSP? After all, CSP director Frank Gaffney is generous in his praise of Shoebat; according to an endorsement on Shoebat’s website:

In the 25 years I have been in Washington I have never heard anything so extraordinary and the truth be so eloquently spoken by someone like this.

In 2009, Shoebat and Gaffney appeared together on a panel in which they discussed whether Obama was a Muslim. Shoebat is on record as claiming that Obama is indeed a Muslim, who is plotting with Islamists to liberalise abortion laws so that more Americans will “kill their own children”; Gaffney is more ambivalent, although he claims that Obama’s policies are “indistinguishable in important respects from that of the Muslim Brotherhood”.

Whether Gaffney shares Shoebat’s views about the Bible predicting a Muslim anti-Christ is unknown; I expect he sees it as a useful tool in certain circles but keeps his own counsel on the subject. Gaffney has spoken at an event organised by John Hagee, an apocalyptic pastor who rails against “international bankers” and the “Illuminati” and who cites the design of the $1 bill as evidence of an occult-Masonic “New World Order” conspiracy.

Incidentally, the Washington Post article did indeed acknowledge the backgrounds of those who contributed to the Shariah report. It noted:

The book’s co-authors include such notables as former CIA director R. James Woolsey and former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, along with the center’s director, a longtime activist.

Boykin took part in an event organised by Shoebat and his handlers just a few weeks ago (a “competing” Fort Hood memorial service), while Boykin and Woolsey addressed an apocalyptic Christian Zionist event together in 2008.

UPDATE: Alongside his role with the CSP, Reaboi is a correspondent for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Peace website, and both he and Gaffney have close links to Breitbart. Earlier this year, Gaffney and Breitbart worked to promote a particularly silly conspiracy theory. Steve Douglas, who blogs on logos, reported at the time:

Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart… twattering to his 15,000+ followers via his Twitter account [asked] this ominous question “Can this be true? New Obama Missile Defense logo includes a crescent”… If you clicked on Breitbart’s Twitter link, you’d be taken to his Big Government site, where another conservative pundit, Frank Gaffney would also ask “Can this be true?” suggesting that the “new logo” was evidence that something “nefarious is afoot” and that the new Missile Defense Agency shield “appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star”. Gaffney and Breitbart aren’t the end of it either. There’s much, much more. Even this morning, Pamela Geller wrote about the fracas on her right-tilting blog Atlas Shrugs, calling the logo an example of “cultural jihad”.

(I blogged on this and related logo conspiracies here)

Hilariously, Breitbart recently got together with Gaffney to opine on the subject of “professional standards for reporting” – Reaboi has uploaded the video here.

Reaboi is also a fan of Robert Stacy McCain, whom he described in 2009 as a “magnificent bastard” after McCain wrote a denunciation of Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs for turning on Pamela Geller.

Merry Christmas

Max Blumenthal on Anti-Islam Campaigning in the US

Max Blumenthal has written an overview of what he calls “the Great Islamophobic Crusade” in the USA, starting with the David Project’s opposition to Joseph Massad and culminating (so far) with the campaign against Cordoba House and with the Oklahoma “anti-Sharia” measure. He notes the role of one particular sugar daddy:

One philanthropist in particular has provided the beneficence to propel the campaign ahead. He is a little-known Los Angeles-area software security entrepreneur named Aubrey Chernick, who operates out of a security consulting firm blandly named the National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination.

…Through the Fairbrook Foundation, a private entity he and his wife Joyce control, Chernick has provided funding to groups ranging from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and CAMERA, a right-wing, pro-Israel, media-watchdog outfit, to violent Israeli settlers living on Palestinian lands and figures like the pseudo-academic author Robert Spencer, who is largely responsible for popularizing conspiracy theories about the coming conquest of the West by Muslim fanatics seeking to establish a worldwide caliphate.

Chernick’s role was previously noted at Politico, first in a piece by Ken Vogel and Giovanni Russonello, and then in a follow-up from Laura Rozen.

Of course, talk of “pro-Israel” organisations and of an “Israel lobby” will be seized on gleefully (and in bad faith) by some as evidence that Max is propounding an anti-Jewish conspiracy theory. However, while Max outlines the parts played by various activists, he doesn’t lay claim to a shocking revelation that reveals a hidden factor in political life. It’s in no way surprising that those who urge unconditional support for the Israeli hawks would like us all to fear Muslims, or that those who see themselves as activists in a general war against Islam would vicariously identify with the IDF and with Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The interesting issue – which Max attends to – is how this plays out through particular individuals.

As for the dynamics of anti-Islam activism, I’ve already made the point more than once (although my regular trolls tend to ignore it) that the demagogues and opportunists would be far less likely to gain traction without the acts and provocations of Islamic extremists. The general cultural context is also important; a 2007 review of Mearsheimer and Walt by Walter Russell Mead in Foreign Affairs has some sensible insights about the Israel lobby:

One problem is that Mearsheimer and Walt decontextualize the activity of Jews and their allies. Attempts by pro-Zionist students and pressure groups to challenge university decisions to grant tenure or otherwise reward professors deemed too pro-Arab are portrayed as yet another sign of the long reach and dangerous power of the octopus. In fact, these efforts are part of a much broader, and deeply deplorable, trend in American education, by which every ethnic, religious, and sexual group seeks to define the bounds of acceptable discourse. African Americans, Native Americans, feminists, lesbian, gay, and transgendered persons — organizations purporting to represent these groups and many others have done their best to drive speakers, professors, and textbooks with the “wrong” views out of the academy. Zionists have actually come relatively late to this particular pander fest, and they are notable chiefly for their relatively weak performance in the perverse drive to block free speech on campus.

We are today very sensitive about prejudice and bigotry, and it is manifestly obvious that this means that false allegations can be deployed to shut down debate and vilify opponents. In turn, those who deserve to be called out for bigotry can dismiss criticism by pointing to bogus accusations. It’s not strange that the Israel lobby engages in this behaviour (although it’s often ignored by those on the right who complain when anyone else does it) – and the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Ahmadinejad, along with the grim history of anti-Semitism, mean that appeals to our sensitivity may be particularly effective.

Chernick’s National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination has a website here; Max is right about its ostensibly “bland” character, and it is quite a contrast to some of the other private security and intelligence organisations I’ve written about recently.

Express Carries Bogus Complaint Against BBC Nativity Programme

Back on Sunday, the Express carried a thundering article by media hack David Stephenson:


In The Nativity, written by EastEnders scriptwriter Tony Jordan, 15-year-old Mary is attacked by people who do not believe her claim that she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit.Her husband Joseph accuses her of “whoring” and even suggests that her pregnancy might have been the result of rape.

…Stephen Green, of the ministry Christian Voice, said: “There is no justification for any of this in the gospels. They do say Joseph was suspicious, but that was it.

“It doesn’t suggest any physical or verbal abuse.

“It’s typical of the fertile imagination you need for something like EastEnders.

“The kids that do nativity plays in school will be perplexed that someone has come up with this revisionist, puerile idea.

“The BBC can’t help themselves. Three quarters of our population are Christian. At the BBC, this proportion is reversed.

“You have a huge proportion of militant, liberal atheists who are keen to dump on Christianity.

“They wouldn’t mock the birth of Muhammad , or anything to do with his life story. They wouldn’t ridicule Hinduism or Sikhism, but Christianity is their big target.”

A quote follows from Jordan defending the integrity of the programme, although the lack of quotation marks around “Insult” show whose side the Express is taking.

I’ve blogged on Stephen Green before, although MediaWatchWatch has the most extensive background. He is something of an ineffectual and clownish character, and he featured in the 2008 Dispatches documentary on the UK Christian Right. I blogged on this at the time.

The relevant episode of The Nativity went out last night; Joseph is portrayed as a young man who loves Mary deeply and who is devastated when he discovers she is pregnant. A bitter and tearful exchange follows:

J: [Incredulously] You’re carrying God’s son.

M: Yes.

J: Or is the truth that you went to Judah, had a few too many glasses of wine and ended up in bed with someone?

M: No, no

J: That you’re not the pious Mary that everybody thinks you are. That despite being betrothed, you’ve been whoring yourself in Judah.

M: Joseph, please…

J: Please what? Believe you’re a virgin and that you’re carrying God’s child? Or forgive your whoring?

M: What I told you is the truth.

J: So it’s not enough that you betray me. You want me to look like a fool as well.

M: I haven’t betrayed you.

J: I loved you.

This may seem rather more like a modern conversation (“glasses of wine”?) than an exchange that is likely to have occurred within a patriarchal society 2,000 years ago, but it has dramatic integrity and it’s certainly not an “insult”. The text from which it is imagined is Matthew 1:19:

Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

One wonders how Green had advance knowledge of what the programme contained – it’s doubtful that he’s on the BBC’s list for a preview DVD. Could it be that someone tipped him off simply for the purpose of getting a stupid quote that could be used to whip up hysteria against the BBC? Richard Desmond, who owns the Express, is a vulgarian pornographer who was put on this earth to make Rupert Murdoch look  classy, and he shares Murdoch’s hatred of the BBC; Green, for his part, would have no qualms about being used for Desmond’s purposes – in 2008, Green faced personal bankruptcy after a failed attempt to have the BBC’s Director General, Mark Thompson, prosecuted for blasphemy.

Jordan gave an interview about the programme on the BBC’s Radio 4 Sunday programme, which can be heard here. The part of The Nativity I personally struggle most with concerns the Magi, who are shown obsessively poring over star charts, measuring things and drawing lines as they consult the heavens and talk excitedly about “a bridge between earth and heaven”. They give the impression of having wandered in from a fantasy film or an episode of Dr Who, although the actors (including the great Peter Capaldi) manage to keep it deadpan.

It seems that Jordan was particularly influenced by an Early Christian idea that the Magi were inspired by a prophecy of Balaam, given in Numbers 24:17:

…there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel…

This text has been used as Messianic proof text by both Jews and Christians, and some scholars have suggested that the author of Matthew indeed had the Balaam prophecy in mind in his account of the Magi. However, that’s not indicated in the Nativity narrative itself, and either way, it’s historically and textually strained. Despite an Early Christian notion of the Magi as “disciples of Balaam” (Balaam being identified with Zoroaster) (1), the figure of Balaam does not play a role in Persian religion, and Numbers 24:17 is not astrological: it’s clear that the “Sceptre” is metaphorical, and there’s no reason not to take the “Star” in the same way. Further, the rest of the prophecy refers to ancient Israel’s victories against enemies such as Moab and Edom; even if Persian astrologers had been aware of the text, there’s nothing in it that would have inspired them to travel to Judea to look for a baby.

Unhappily, the Express article also has Jordan making the common goof of referring to the Virgin Birth as the Immaculate Conception.

(1) See page 173 of Géza Vermès (1983) “The Story of Balaam” in his Scripture and Tradition in Judaism, pp. 127-177.

Guramit Singh in Anti-Muslim Tirade

“Stick your Allah up your arse, you cunt. Fuck em, fuck em, fuck em. I’m not being funny, fuck em. I may get arrested for this shit, but fuck em, fuck em, I’m not having it, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em.”

Speaking at an EDL rally in support of Geert Wilders in Westminster last year, EDL leader Guramit Singh famously invoked the image of Muslims burning in Hell. In a later interview with the BBC, Singh explained that it had all been a terrible mistake:

A big apology. I messed up big time, I messed up big time…I fucked it up, yeah. Two days before, that speech was published on the internet, on the English Defence League website. It says “God bless everybody, even the militant Muslims – who’ll need it when they’re burning in hell.” Now, I missed out that word like a twat. I apologise so much. I felt so bad, you know, because we’ve got Muslim members, I thought “oh my god, what are they going to think of me?” I felt like the biggest twat, I really did.

(Singh’s speech had been conveyed with the help of cyber-thug Charlie Flowers, who held his megaphone)

Singh also accidentally forgot to include the word “militant” in a recent speech in Peterborough. Some highlights:

I’m going to tell you precisely right now what threat of Islam is. Muhammad and Islam is not a religion… Muhammad was a paedophilic pirate… Islam, in not just this country but around the world, has been using their disgusting threat, their threat has been going on for 1400 years, “if you do not bow before Muhammad and his so-called Allah, you are to be beheaded”… Hitler had fuck all on Muhammad.

The Koran and the Hadiths is written in Arabic. Muslims are not allowed to be taught Arabic in the mosque. Muslims are told, “do not question what your Imam says”, although they don’t even know what the Imam’s saying, because the Imam’s just a “Allah, fuck it”. Stick your Allah up your arse, you cunt. Fuck em, fuck em, fuck em. I’m not being funny, fuck em. I may get arrested for this shit, but fuck em, fuck em, I’m not having it, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em.

…The UAF, the counter-protestors, the members of the Islamic community: English Defence League 2011, we’re coming to a street near you. We ain’t even fucking started yet.

Singh has now been arrested “on suspicion of intentionally causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress”.

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