The Hope not Hate organisation has arranged for the publication of a letter from Eddie Izzard in today's issue of the Daily Mirror to call on people everywhere, no matter what their background to oppose the marches of hate being organised by the misnamed English Defence League.
According to an e-mail I received this morning this has been counter-signed by 36,000 people.
Go to: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hope-not-hate-letter-mirror-1925188
Hope not Hate can be found at:
Peter Tatchell the veteran gay rights campaigner has issued the following statement with a call to the Unite Against Fascism organisation to take the threat of Islamist fascists seriously:
This was published at Harry's Place: http://hurryupharry.org/
The BNP & EDL claim to oppose Islamist extremist bigotry but in reality they generalise and abuse all Muslims. Many of their protests are menacing, even violent.
Islam is not the main problem. Islamist fundamentalism and violent jihad are what we should focus on opposing. It is important to make a clear distinction between Muslims and Islamist extremists. Don’t confuse the two. Unite to isolate the main threats: the Islamist far right and its BNP and EDL equivalents.
I support today’s Unite Against Fascism (UAF) counter-protest against the BNP. But UAF is not consistent. UAF commendably opposes the BNP and EDL but it is silent about Islamist fascists who promote anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism and sectarian attacks on non-extremist Muslims.
This silence and inaction by the UAF is a shocking betrayal of Muslim people – abandoning them to the Islamist far right.
Islamist fascists want to overthrow democracy, establish a clerical dictatorship, suppress human rights and kill Muslims who don’t conform to their hard-line interpretation of Islam.
It is time the UAF campaigned against the Islamist far right, as well as against the EDL and BNP far right.