Islam, Europe & neoNazi politics

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There are just over 2 billion practicing Muslims worldwide. Can you imagine the global impact of 2 billion far right neoNazis like Britain First, BNP or the EDL? And they tell us that Islam is the biggest problem.

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There are, of course, good reasons to distrust all religious groups, especially the three Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaeism & Christianity) but let’s keep it in perspective. Secular societies such as we have in the European Union keep religious bigotry at bay, just as Europe also keeps nationalism & xenophobia at bay.

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The very things that Nationalist groups oppose protect us from the theocracies that they claim to fear the most.

But the European convention on human rights (ECHR) doesn’t just prevent religious theocracy – it also prevents governments based upon discrimination and Nazi ideology. No wonder far right groups from UKIP and the BNP to the EDL & ‘Britain First’ want the UK to leave the union.

What could possibly go wrong with the Master Race in charge?

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Who ate all the pies?

Pies and racism to go!

I really like Gregg’s food. That probably goes some way to explaining my ‘none too slender’ physique. Yes, I admit it – I’m a fat bloke.

But maybe I’ll be getting thinner from now on. I won’t be buying any more steak bakes, or indeed anything else from Gregg’s unless they can satisfactorily deal with their racism problem.

Today the English Defence League went to Rotherham in yet another failed attempt to “take back our streets”. Needless to say they didn’t succeed. But they did get a few free pies from Greggs – courtesy of Rotherham Gregg’s racist counter staff.
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Today I Emailed Greggs customer service dept:

“Today in Rotherham one of your employees gave away free food to racist demonstrators from the English Defence League because she apparently “loves” the EDL. Whilst I’m sure giving away free food to hatemongers is not official Greggs policy the buck must stop with the employer.

“Consequently I must advise you that I will forego my regular supply of Gregg’s steak bakes until your organisation makes it clear that you do not support this behaviour.

“I look forward to your response which I will publish on my blog alongside this message.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Sorensen”

It’ll be interesting to see how they respond. I can’t imagine Greggs PR dept will be too happy. If it was only theft of their product that might not be so bad (although it is generally grounds for summary dismissal). But stealing from your employer just to feed a pack of racist thugs (because you “love” them) adds a whole new perspective.
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You can contact Greggs here. Let’s do all we can to ensure that UK culture offers no quarter to racist bigots such as this.
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UPDATE

Today (May 12th 2014) I received the following response….

“Dear Stuart
Thanks for getting in touch about our Rotherham Shop.
We are aware of this matter, and it is now the subject of an internal investigation. We are not therefore able to comment specifically.
However, we can confirm that Greggs does not have any political affiliations whatsoever.
Yours sincerely,
Christine Bond
Customer Care Team”

To which I replied…..

“Hi Christine,
Re reference number F1570963
That’s all I wanted to hear. Beyond that, it’s completely your own affair so far as I can tell.
Thankyou for the quick response.
Cheers,
Stuart”

Looks like steak bake is back on the menu.
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Brilliant response to UKIP’s scaremongering

Last night Nigel Farage made yet another appearance on BBC Question Time. Whilst there are some very interesting questions surrounding this man’s remarkably frequent QT appearances (given the fact that his party holds precisely no UK parliamentary seats) that’s not my point here. Instead I just want to reproduce this brilliantly succinct comment from last night’s TV audience.

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Well said that man. This nationalistic shift toward the right in UK is precisely what happened in 1930s Germany.

For those who need more evidence of Farage’s fascist nature have a look at this letter expressing extreme concerns about him from the master of Dulwich college.
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More bigotry from UKIP candidates

Meet Harry Perry

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This is the UKIP MEP candidate for Stockport who thinks Pakistan should be nuked, homosexuality is ‘evil’ & thinks the EDL would be worth voting for if they entered politics.

Basically he’s just another UKIP bigot who thinks he can win votes through discrimination and scapegoating minorities.

With views like this it’s hardly surprising that he wants the UK out of Europe. How else could UKIP’s bigotry get a foothold in UK?
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If you hate fairness, human rights, workers’ rights and Johnny foreigner then vote UKIP. If you believe in fairness, equality, rights and a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work then don’t.

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Freepost politics

The UK’s wonderfully right wing racist party, UKIP are asking people to mail them using FREEPOST so they can continue their fight against Johnny Foreigner. There’s even a campaign to help them by donating a brick to the racist cause. Well – it was a fairly stupid thing to do to give out a freepost address to all and sundry when they have so many enemies.

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After all, when they abandon human rights – you know, this stuff …..

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… and privatise the NHS
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…we’ll all be well stuffed.

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So people are planning to send them a brick or two for the cause, to help them keep those nasty foreigners away from the white cliffs of Dover.

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Don’t ever believe UKIP’s racist, elitist, privileged nonsense. They’re like the EDL & BNP except that some of them are just a little bit cleverer so they package their nationalist, sectarian bigotry a little more acceptably. But they’re equally divisive.
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An Experiment to Analyze Hate Against Muslims

Stuart Sorensen:

22 people did nothing and that’s the biggest problem by far. We can’t just choose not to get involved.

Discrimination and bigotry will harm us all because it damages the fabric of our society as a whole. And it’s not just an issue for the USA. Racism, intolerance and sectarianism is on the rise all over the world.

Would you speak out?

Originally posted on No Offense:

Take a few minutes to watch this alarming hidden camera experiment featured by ABC news, who casted actors to display a real life issue about discrimination against Muslims here in the United States. The responses of bystanders were heavily evaluated. How would you have reacted?

Both the Muslim woman and the worker behind the counter are both actors who sought to present a real life circumstance to  inflict emotion. “Get back on the camel and go back to wherever you came from,” said the clerk. “You’re no American, you’re a terrorist.”

Put yourself in this woman’s shoes. How is this something to ignore? Imagine you’re one of the customers witnessing this act of injustice at a local bakery. Would you be one of the thirteen who stood up for the victim? One of the six who sided with the clerk? Or, one of the twenty-two who stood there and said…

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And he will be missed

My morning began much like any other. The sun rose, the alarm clock chimed its morning message and slowly I opened my eyes to greet the world.

Like so many others in today’s world I use my smartphone in lieu of an alarm clock and so my first task (after silencing the electronically generated morning cacophany) is to use it to check the morning news online. It wasn’t the best start to the day.

Within minutes of opening my eyes I heard the awful news….

Tony Benn is dead. This world will be a poorer place without the wisdom and eloquence of this fine old man of the left. Tony Benn wasn’t just a politician, he was a gentleman. And he will be missed.

He was eloquent and insightful with an almost uncanny ability to boil down apparently complex concepts into the simple fundamentals that grunts like me can understand. Consider for example his five questions for those in authority.
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I wonder how the unelected Tory government would respond to these questions. After all if it wasn’t for ‘Kingmaker Clegg’ there would be no tory government to represent the interests of the wealthy at all.

Tony Benn wasn’t just wise – he was compassionate too. Tony Benn wasn’t just a campaigner – he was a guru of the left. Tony Benn wasn’t just a politician – he was one of my heroes. And he will be missed.

Even well into old age he continued to campaign. I first heard him speak at a CND rally in the early 1980s. He was captivating. More recently he could be found demonstrating against the rise of fascism in UK and neoNazi groups such as the BNP and the EDL.
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Tony Benn didn’t just believe in equality and human rights – he dedicated his long life to their attainment. And he will be missed.

Tony Benn was happy to rock the boat when morality demanded it.
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And he respected those others who did the same.
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And he will be missed.

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