:English Defence League forges links with America's Tea Party
As the far-right group marches in Leicester, details are emerging of growing contacts with extremist US groups in a "war on Islamification"
The English Defence League, a far-right grouping aimed at combating the "Islamification" of British cities, has developed strong links with the American Tea Party movement.
An Observer investigation has established that the EDL has made contact with anti-jihad groups within the Tea Party organisation and has invited a senior US rabbi and Tea Party activist to London this month. Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a regular speaker at Tea Party conventions, will speak about Sharia law and also discuss funding issues.
The league has also developed links with Pamela Geller, who was influential in the protests against plans to build an Islamic cultural centre near Ground Zero. Geller, darling of the Tea Party's growing anti-Islamic wing, is advocating an alliance with the EDL. The executive director of the Stop Islamisation of America organisation, she recently met EDL leaders in New York and has defended the group's actions, despite a recent violent march in Bradford.
Geller, who denies being anti-Muslim, said in one of her blogs: "I share the EDL's goals. We need to encourage rational, reasonable groups that oppose the Islamisation of the west."
Devin Burghart, vice-president of the Kansas-based Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, said: "Geller is acting as the bridge between the EDL and the Tea Party. She plays an important role in bringing Islamophobia into the Tea Party. Her stature has increased substantially inside the Tea Party ranks after the Ground Zero mosque controversy. She has gained a lot of credibility with that stuff."
:Melanie Phillips is inspiration behind Tea Party anti-Muslim leader
The Observer reports today that the English Defence League (EDL) is strengthening its ties with the American Tea Party Movement.
In particular, the paper reports that Pamela Geller, the "darling of the Tea Party's growing anti-Islamic wing" and leader of opposition to the 'ground zero mosque' - is advocating an alliance with the EDL.
This follows an interview with Newsweek when Geller expressed support for the EDL, even after they attacked British police officers.
Left Foot Forward has learned that Geller's inspiration is none other than the British Daily Mail and Spectator columnist, Melanie Phillips.
On her blog, Geller describes Phillips as "a great intellect and truth teller, a woman I greatly admire" and says that Phillips' book, 'Londonistan', is "the most compelling book on Islamic fundamentalism, violence and intimidation in the West."
And then I met Pamela Geller.... virtually, of course.
I knew she was a bit of a fruitcake, as the title of this page mentions her name, as being somehow connected to other fruitcakes.
I realised, upon coming across the @AtlasShrugs twitter feed
, that this particular cake has been baking for far far too long.
Now.. "call me old fashioned" but..
At the Free Miriam Webster dictionary, the definition of "jihadist" is:
: a Muslim who advocates or participates in a jihad
A Muslim? Right..
At the Free Miriam Webster dictionary, the definition of "jihad" is:
1: a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also : a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline
2: a crusade for a principle or belief
So I presume Ms Geller must have some shocking evidence of a "a holy war" being waged on behalf of some religious belief, by the United States of Murca?
I can't think of *any war* since.. well ever... that has been waged by the United States of Murca on behalf of "God", or his believers on Earth, can you?
Can you Ms Geller?
Go on, have a try, Ms Geller :)
As you'll see above, Ms Geller retweeted accusations that the UK Police had "tweeted about extreme left-wing violence but deleted it"
The full conversation and links to tweets are posted below. https://twitter.com/Atlasshrugs
14th July 2012
.@Atlasshrugs here it is that original tweet by @ASPoliceLIVE which they deleted pic.twitter.com/e2zKvG6Q
#edl #stopedl #wearebristol #uaf
https://twitter.com/EDLNewsxXtra/status/224167326331838465 .@Atlasshrugs Did u see @ASPoliceLIVE
tweeted about extreme left-wing violence but deleted it? https://twitter.com/EDLNewsxXtra/s %u2026
what r they scared of?
https://twitter.com/drewyo/status/224180835052552192 @Atlasshrugs police live twitter feed of #EDL march tweets about extreme leftist violence and then deletes the tweet #typical
https://twitter.com/Atlasshrugs/status/224168593867284480 @Hahyrningur And the jihadist in the White House
https://twitter.com/Atlasshrugs/status/224166729675313153 Thousands to march in #EDL Freedom rally today in Bristol: Of course the media fails to mention why thousands wi... http://bit.ly/NOiOMv (http://t.co/R4PkXPsI)
Here's that damning evidence of "extreme left-wing violence"