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28Jan/16

Britain First is corrupting the message of the cross, and we need to claim it back

It might seem obvious that extreme right-wing party Britain First is not a Christian group. Its scaremongering policies, widely considered to be racist, are hopefully not the first thing that spring to mind when you think of Christianity.

However, Britain First seems to think otherwise. The group recently held a “Christian Patrol” in Luton, during which members brandished wooden crosses and claimed to be defending “Christian values” while handing out anti-Islam newspapers to Muslims.

Although this “Christian Patrol” and others like it have only attracted marchers in their tens, a video of the Luton march has been viewed 21 million times on Facebook. Britain First is disrupting communities, harrassing Muslim neighbours and doing so in the name of a “Christian Britain”. It’s time we said: “not in my name.”

It may seem superfluous to defend the Christian faith from such a group, but its online popularity (the Britain First Facebook page has 1,280,406 likes – more than the Labour and Conservative Party pages combined), and a quick look at historical cases of the appropriation of Christianity by far-right groups (think the Nazis and the KKK) suggest otherwise.

Britain First is a far-right and British nationalist party that was formed in 2011, as a splinter group from the BNP. It fights against immigration, multiculturalism and what it describes as the “Islamisation” of the UK. On its Wikipedia page, the group is also described as having a “Christian” ideology.

Deputy leader Jayda Fransen has declared that the UK is heading for a “civil war” between those who hold “British values” and Islamists.

In the nine-minute clip of the Luton march, Fransen argues ferociously with a Muslim man, shouting “our country, not your country. It’s a Christian country.”

When challenged, she continues, saying: “You think you can take over a town and say ‘It’s your country, you’re taking over’… not for long, see this cross? It will prevail.”

Britain First has “corrupted the message of the cross, which for us is a symbol of reconciliation, forgiveness and selfless love,” Peter Adams, a member of Luton’s St Mary’s Church, told Luton Today.

He was among a group of local Christians and Muslims who stood together to hand out flowers in a show of unity following the march.

Britain First’s “method, their provocative actions, their carrying of white crosses, very angry [and] abusive words were not the message that the church in Luton had towards our Muslim neighbours”, Adams said.

It is difficult to equate the Jesus of the Bible with the message of Britain First. Scripture calls us to welcome the orphan and the alien, and that needs to be central to Christianity, particularly in this current climate.

Speaking to Christian Today in 2014, Paul Golding, leader of Britain First, said: “Jesus Christ did use physical violence according to the Gospels in the temple in Jerusalem, and he met a very violent end. He preached love and forgiveness etc, but he also said he didn’t come to bring peace; he came to bring division and a sword, he came to bring fire upon the world to sort the world out.”

But though Jesus did clear the Temple, to take this story out of context, manipulate it and use it to justify prejudice is not OK.

Although only a few people are showing up for these “Christian patrols” at the moment, Fransen claims that membership of Britain First is “swelling by the thousands”.

The group has planned another Christian Patrol, this time through Dewsbury, which Fransen described as having “Islamic extremists coming out of the woodwork”.

The deputy leader, who is of foreign descent herself, said that, “the indigenous people in Britain don’t want their own towns turned into Muslim ghettos. It doesn’t look like Britain any more.”

Tell Mama, a charity that monitors Islamophobia in the UK, shared the concern that “these inflammatory actions continue with Britain First trying to pain themselves as ‘defenders of Christian values’, something that they are far from”.

The fear is that people who are on the receiving end of this violent action, into whose communities Britain First storm brandishing white crosses, will begin to equate this hate-filled action with Christianity.

We need to stand against their appropriation and distortion of the cross.

Follow Florence Taylor on Twitter: @Flo_Taylor

07Jan/16

Proscribe Britain First Petition close to 10,000

Nice to see that the Proscribe the ‘Political Party’ Britain First has nearly reached 10,000 signatures. Anyone wanting to sign can click here

Although many will not agree that Britain First need proscribing (basically banning), citing Free Speech as the reason, we all know that they do not allow free speech themselves and censor/ban any dissenting voices.

The Proscribe petition explains why it is so important that Britain First are banned:

Proscribe the ‘political party’ Britain First

Britain First are an extremist offshoot of the BNP. Via the internet and social media the group spews out anti Muslim propaganda in order to fulfill their goal of an ‘Holy War’ against the Muslim community in the UK.
The UK Government must proscribe this party before they achieve their aims.

Their founder, James Dowson as to why he set up Britain First:
“In an interview with Channel Four News, Dowson admitted to pursuing a “holy war” on the streets of Britain:
“One thing I agree with Mr Choudry on, there is such a concept as a just war, a holy war. He calls it Jihad. We call it a crusade,” he told Paraic O’Brien.
“Without any shadow of a doubt, this is a holy war.”

Britain First the Violent New Face of British Fascism

31Dec/15

Where were you Britain First?

Where were you Britain First?
Where were you Britain first as Yorkshire and Lancashire slowly sank below the water?
How many of your supporters opened their doors on Christmas Morning to welcome us into their homes as the 700 families of our village were evacuated due to the floods?
Where were your supporters yesterday as we were allowed to return to our homes?
Where was the help today as we had to stand knee deep in mud and silt shoveling it off our streets? Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh all stood shoulder to shoulder all day filling skip after skip with mud and filth, even the two Hare Krishnas who stand outside the post office every afternoon singing and chanting come rain or shine joined in. Where were you and your followers Golding and Fransen? two Labor councilors and the local MP managed to make it and mucked in with the clear up, where were you? Even David Cameron put in an appearance and he’s as popular around here as a dose of Herpes.
Our local Parrish church was so badly damaged the cost of repairing it will make even Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes water, maybe Britain First could hold a fundraiser on their page to help with the repairs Mr Golding? If every one of your page followers chipped in just £1 it will more than cover the costs with a shed load left over to throw a big street party in your honor. Sounds good yes? But we won’t hold our breath waiting for your help after all helping others will not do anything to line your own pockets will it?
So my original question still stands Britain First and all your followers where were you the last few days? Watching Football on Sky Sports no doubt, laughing as we sank below the water.
Britain First, in a few of weeks you are going to be holding a march in Dewsbury and as you shamble along the road between the Railway station and the market just listen to the jeers and catcalls and as you wonder about the vast number of people along the route who are opposed to you just think about this, their ranks will be swelled by 700 not because of something that you have done, but because of something you did not do
You did not help, the village that almost drowned is only six short miles away from Dewsbury and i personally guarantee you the hottest of welcomes on 30th January 2016.

06Nov/15

Hall of Shame – Dale Robinson

Every now and then an individual appears so vile they deserve their own entry into our fascist hall of fame.
Meet far right troll Dale aka MC Destin-E.

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No, Dale, you are not racist because you are white, you are racist because of your ideas and language.

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MC Destin-E, works the club scene in the Barnsley area, at least he did, not sure what the clubs will think after they recieve the screenshots.

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No To Hate!