EDL leader threatens to broadcast anti-Muslim film
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 14 September 2012, 20:24
English Defence League leader Stehpen Lennon is threatening to show the disgusting ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film. HOPE not hate believes that if he does he should immediately be prosecuted for incitement.
The film has been produced by rabid anti-Muslim haters in the US and is deliberately designed to whip up tensions, hatred and violence. Steve Klein, a right wing Christian evangelical who was one of those behind the film, boasted to the US blogsite Huffington Post: “We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen" after the deaths of four Americans in Libya.
Only today 20-year-old Azhar Ahmed, from Dewsbury, was found guilty of sending a grossly offensive message when he wrote on facebook: “all soldiers should die and go to hell”. If he got convicted of that then Lennon should be prosecuted for airing the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film. He should also be held accountable for any British citizens who are attacked as a consequence.
Lennon might think he will be able to win back the growing number of his dissenters within the EDL by this move but let him be under no illusion that there will be severe consequences if he does broadcast it.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 | There are 12 comments
Comment 1 | From: Martin | Date: 14 September 2012, 20:51
Given that incitement to racial and incitement to religious hatred are both criminal offences in the UK then, yes, if anyone shows this in the UK then they should be prosecuted...
Comment 2 | From: Sue | Date: 14 September 2012, 20:53
Again, Stephen Lennon opens his mouth and demonstrates his inability to understand anything but hatred and malice. And yes, if he does this stupid thing, he should definitely be prosecuted. Idiot.
Comment 3 | From: Kevan | Date: 14 September 2012, 23:22
How do you know its disgusting? Have you seen it? Perhaps we are seeing your own bias in the way this article is written? Just saying :-)
Comment 4 | From: Terri | Date: 15 September 2012, 11:37
I really hope he does not air this offensive and disgusting film. If so, then i agree that the UK laws prohibiting incitement should be used and Stephen Lennon should be prosecuted.
Comment 5 | From: Nigel Singh | Date: 15 September 2012, 15:50
As much as I dislike the EDL & find the 'film''Iinnocence Of Muslims" abhorent, if individuals wish to show such works of 'Art' to a private ordinance then they should be allowed to do so. I cannot see anything more racist in this film than you get in the right wing press such as the Daily Express, Daily Mail et al on a regular basis. The right to satirise religious ethnic & political beliefs, now matter how abhorent should be ingrained in the whole ethos of British concept of Freedom Of Speech.We should not be wrongly coerced by Salafists or the right wing bigots such as the EDL to curtail these freedoms. The best way to counter such ill informed works of fiction, is to make sure that there are as many complaints and large protests against such performances!
Comment 6 | From: Dan Factor | Date: 15 September 2012, 19:37
The people behind this film are clearly unpleasant people seeking to whip up hatred. But state censorship is not the answer
Comment 7 | From: Winston Ingram | Date: 15 September 2012, 23:56
So you say he will be arrested, does that go for the hundreds and thousands of people who have shared the movie on social networking sites and youtube? You absolutely moronic Left Wing extremists!
Comment 8 | From: Sue Locks | Date: 16 September 2012, 17:06
@Winston Ingram I guess you'd be cool if some Muslim extremists showed films of poppies and Union Jacks being burned in front of an audience and on YouTube, right? After all it's not as if the right wing ever threaten to kill people over their sacred things being insulted is it....
Comment 9 | From: Kisan | Date: 16 September 2012, 21:15
Arrest people for critising a religion, Hope Not Hate are a bunch of totalitarian fascists....... Muslims have no right to kill 'blasphemers' and criticising the founder of Islam is not criminal nor 'incitement'.
Comment 10 | From: Mark | Date: 17 September 2012, 10:11
I hate the EDL but of course he should be allowed to show it, how can it be inciting hatred if people know the content and freely chose to attend? If we want a truly liberal society then we have to watch out for threats from the EDL but also from Islamic right wingers who want to destroy free speech.
Comment 11 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 17 September 2012, 21:16
Two wrongs certainly do not make a right. Only a fascist would believe otherwise, Winston. We are proudly invoking the law of the United Kingdom here, hatred is a crime whoever perpetrates it. I guess you'd be the sort of person who goes around saying two plus two equals five hundred and seventy nine and then expects your right to say it defended vehemently. Wally!!
Comment 12 | From: This machine kills fascists | Date: 22 September 2012, 19:34
Censorship of this order is wrong. I'm surprised at Hope Not Hate. We defeated fascism in 1945, we don't tolerate the EDL and we shouldn't tolerate religious fascists who want to make it illegal to criticise their religion.
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