Monday, 29 July 2013
Portsmouth EDL declares war on School Kids. Another EDL Demo looms.
The reality is that this will be a private School and will be either an Academy School or a "Free" school.There are many who don't approve of Academies or private schools, but that is not the issue here.
There are many who don't approve of religious education and there are legitimate campaigns to oppose it.Richard Dawkins and others campaign against all religious schools.
However this is not a campaign against religious schools ,but against a Muslim school.The comments on the petition make that horribly clear.
This is a part of an ongoing campaign targeting Muslim Schoolkids.There has been the stock letter that has been circulated on EDL sites to send to schools to isolate Muslim children from others.
They also tried to make an issue out of the recent Daily Mail story of children believing they were not allowed to drink water during Ramadan. This story has been dealt with here.
There is a long tradition on the far right for targeting children of a different culture in schools. The National Front did it in the seventies and the BNP were leafleting schools in North Portsmouth 3 years ago.
Whether the school is granted permission or not its application will be processed exactly the same way as any other faith or secular school..
They are now declaring that they think such a school would be divisive .
Fostering divisions is what the EDL are all about.
A short video of the EDL last week in Birmingham chanting " Allah, Allah, who the F**k is Allah?" and "Allah is a Paedo."
Not exactly the bastions of multicultural integration are they?
There have already been threats to hurl a pigs head onto the proposed school site and the police have had to go down there to attend incidents.
I haven't seen them campaigning against C of E schools, have you ?
The reality is that Portsmouth is not just a multicultural City, but a successful multicultural City. There are racism problems in Portsmouth but they are less worrying than in many other Cities of the same size.
Religious schools may be regarded as divisive, but so long as we have them, parents have the right to have them for their own faith needs and those of their children.If they are there for Christians they have to be there for Muslims.
Note to the EDL : referring to Islam as foreign and Christianity as British is a little stupid. Jesus Christ and his disciples did not emanate from the Home Counties.
After all they are both Middle Eastern Religions.
Sadly the campaign by the EDL is not just a petition campaign.
There have been demonstrations held bt the EDL in other towns frequently over planning issues.Usually over Mosque or school extensions. Although the permission for this school has practically nothing to do with PCC this will not stop them.
They have so far not informed the police or the council that they intend to hold a protest down here.
However,it has come to our attention that Sussex EDL have posted remarks that there is to be an EDL protest down here soon, over the proposed plan for a Muslim Girls school.Apparently there has also been a posting on a South London EDL post.Those are the ones we know about.
Having accepted they have virtually no support down here they are arranging to have support parachuted in.
There is therefore the prospect of unruly scenes occurring ,similar to the disgraceful scenes that occurred outside the Jami Mosque some time ago .
In the event of a protest Portsmouth UAF will mobilise to oppose them.
This is possibly going to be in the next 3-4 weeks.
However,the last time was a flash mob protest and we had very little time to organise.
We may have to contact people at very short notice.
Please get this out there.
We therefore appeal to people to contact Portsmouth UAF if you wish to turn out to oppose the EDLs bigotry.
It is important that the EDLs hate is opposed by the local community.
Please contact us so we can contact you via:
All that is necessary for evil to prevail is that good people do nothing.
Posted by Pompey UAF at 01:30