Thursday, 9 October 2014

Britain First fuelling Christian extremism

Britain First claims to uphold and promote Christian beliefs. According to Hope Not Hate, two of the men who played a key role in its creation announced the formation of a group to protect “British and Christian morality” in 2011.

Members of the group (including the current leader) ‘invaded’ mosques giving out Bibles preaching “Jesus Christ, our Lord”. The group also set up its own ‘Christian patrols’ and attracted a lot of media attention.

But strangely, Britain First seems to idolise the crusaders who had their fair share in wars and bloodshed in holy wars against Muslims (the “infidels” in the eyes of crusaders).

Now, Britain First regularly post up photos of crusaders, as shown below.

Posted on 5 October
Posted on 8 October

In the comments section we find some disturbing posts, with some supporters advocating for another ‘holy war’.

Is Britain First radicalising people?

Note: Britain First has banned countless people who oppose the group, but doesn’t really seem to ban anyone who advocates a ‘holy war’ or incites violence.

Britain First share ‘true’ Ayatollah quote to spread hate

We have documented how many far-right groups and organisations have passed off information purporting it to be true when it was actually false, made-up, or just fabricated.

Britain First is now also on our list.

They shared a supposed quote from Ayatollah Khomeini, claiming he said that: “A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate vaginally, but sodomising the child is acceptable...”

Before we go further it is important to note that Khomeini was an Iranian leader, and is not the ‘current leader of Iran’ as Britain First wrote. He died in 1989.

So moving on, as we are sceptics, we did some research on the quote in question. It is claimed that it came from the ‘fourth edition’ of his book Tahrirolvasyleh (also known as Tahrir al Wasilah).

But we found out that there is actually little proof that this was ever said.

On forums, some critics said that the ‘fourth volume’ mentioned as reference doesn’t exist, or that the quotes given were deliberate mistranslations or forgeries (the book was supposedly translated from Arabic to Farsi too).

What we do know is that the quotes started circulating on the web. And the only thing that we find on the net are unsourced quotes, which makes it hard for anyone to confirm it was true. There are no page copies and no PDFs of the book in question.

Yet, Britain First claimed this was a ‘true quote’ to all their supporters.

Note: You may also like to read our other articles that expose various right-wing groups and sites who have tried deliberately manipulating, or making up information, to further their cause. Please find links below.

Further reading:

Britain First lie on BBC about Facebook control

The BBC has documented Britain First in a 3 minute clip documenting how far-right groups such as them, have grown via social media.

In the 3 minute video, Britain First’s leader Paul Goulding was questioned about posts written by supporters on its Facebook page. An image of a comment is used as an example in the BBC video which reads: “For every sausage eaten or rasher of bacon we should chop off a Muslims head”.

Goulding arged: “You gotta remember that a Facebook page is public. We have no control whatsoever over who posts on there.”

Although it is true anyone can post on the Britain First Facebook page, it is certainly not true that Britain First admins have no control over what is posted.

Countless people, who have commented arguing with them, questioning them about policies and what they stand for, as well as insulting them, have been banned from the group by Britain First admins. This happens on a regular basis.

Britain First admins also comment on user posts when it suits them, like below.

So they do infact have control, a good amount, over their page.

You can watch the video here.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Four men go on trial over EDL violence in Birmingham

The Birmingham Mail reported that police were injured and property was damaged as English Defence League (EDL) members tried to break through a police cordon in Birmingham to get at counter demonstrators, a court heard.

The violence occurred on July 20 last year by EDL demonstrators “only concerned in causing public disorder,” it was claimed.

Thomas Wilkie, 22, of Wednesbury, Paul Mckenzie, 48, of Cleveland, Andrew Edge, 44, of South Stockport and Shane Williams, 26, of Leicester, all denied a charge of violent disorder.

The prosecutor said around 1,800 EDL supporters had gathered outside Bar Risa by 1pm on the day of the demonstration.

He said: “Officers had become concerned at this stage given the numbers. There were also members of the public with views opposing those of the EDL and there were verbal confrontations.

“It was then decided that the police would move on the demonstrators to Centenary Square. That is when the trouble really began.”

He said the EDL demonstrators attacked the cordon, adding: “There was some pushing and lunging towards the police and kicking and punching. Things were being thrown at police, bricks and stones, things of that nature.”

Reinforcements were drafted in, with officers wearing full protective gear, and the disorder lasted a number of hours, the court heard.

Further reading:
  1. Four men go on trial over 'EDL violence' in Birmingham

Monday, 6 October 2014

Britain First radicalises public with post likely to be untrue

In a previous article (here), we examined how far-right UK group Britain First shared a quote supposedly made by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini that claimed he said that: “A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby...”

After research, we concluded that there is no evidence this quote ever existed, even though Britain First admins irrationally came to the conclusion it was a ‘true quote’.

But because Britain First said it was true, gullible Britain First supporters (and those who are not) immediately had their emotions stirred.

Without checking whether what Britain First posted was true, people voiced outrage and some even went to the lengths of posting up comments some may find extreme. It seems they were directed at mainly those of the Muslim faith.

Here are some disturbing ones we found on the Facebook page.

This is yet another example of how groups such as Britain First are feeding extremism.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

EDL thugs involved in violence trying to get into pub

English Defence League (EDL) supporters became involved in ‘grotesque violence’ as they tried to get into a pub on their way back from a rally, a court heard.

The Express and Star reported EDL supporters from Rugeley and Tamworth and drinkers at a pub clashed in Nuneaton.

It led to six men being sentenced at Warwick Crown Court for their parts in the disorder.

But because of the long delay in the police getting the case to court following the incident in February 2011, all six were handed suspended prison sentences.

Christopher Tully, John Horton, Neil Grant and Daniel Edkins were all sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Tully, 26, of Tamworth was also ordered to do 130 hours of unpaid work and to pay £300 costs.

Horton, 44, of Rugeley, whose health problems make him unfit for unpaid work, was made subject to a 4pm to 3am electronically-tagged curfew for three months.

Grant, 45, of Nuneaton, was ordered to do 120 hours work and pay £300 costs, and Edkins, 31, of Nuneaton, to do 110 hours and to pay £100 costs.

Stephen Ginnelly, 52, of Nuneaton, who had also admitted violent disorder, and Douglas Tully, 25, of Dosthill, who had pleaded guilty to affray, were both sentenced to six months suspended for 12 months. They were both ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work, with Ginnelly having to pay £100 costs and Douglas Tully £200.

A seventh man, Ross Gilbert, 27, of Rugeley, who had admitted violent disorder, failed to turn up at the court, and his case was adjourned.

The prosecutor said: “The disorder involved two groups. Both Tullys, together with Horton and Gilbert were part of the EDL group; and the second group was the other three defendants who were enjoying an evening in a pub in Nuneaton, the George Eliot in Bridge Street.

“The EDL group had been to Luton to an EDL demonstration. They got off the train and went into Nuneaton town centre. They bought some fish and chips and made their way to the George.”

Further reading:
  1. EDL thugs in 'grotesque violence’

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Facebook Likes and Shares come first for Britain First

[Guest post]

Well it seems that the far right group known as Britain First aren’t putting Britain first. Facebook is a bigger priority.

Some of my friends ‘Liked’ photos of theirs, and when I asked them why, they said they didn’t even know what Britain First was and just happened to have seen the post. So it all made sense.

Britain First is disguising its posts with messages that people can ‘Like’ and ‘Share’, hence people can just see its posts more. It’s marketing.

And because there are so many people on Facebook who share everything without questioning, Britain First is able to reach out. The admin on Facebook is not even trying at times – begging ‘Share me share me!’

One may ask me: “So what if Britain First has thousands of followers, and so what if a photo gets shared?” Well I say that promoting a far right group that deserves no positive attention is doing harm. All those photos are just a ploy to get you engaged so Britain First can achieve its political ambitions.

Also, why should you have to prove you support the troops by sharing a photo on your wall? Why should you prove yourself by doing something some random Facebook page tells you to?

So if you stumble on a Facebook post, make sure you see who is sharing it and don’t be a sucker.

Britain First stirred race hate with murder leaflets

Back in 2012, Kent News reported that far right group Britain First (BF) used the images of two murdered young men and claimed they were white victims of racial murders – much to the distress of their families.

A Britain First flyer, sent out by the organisation headlined ‘RIP the white British victims of racism... will YOU help honour their memory?’ and included pictures of Harry Potter star Rob Knox and Michael Chapman.

It was signed by Paul Goulding himself, the face of the group, and read: ‘These poor souls – all of them members of our own nation and our own flesh and blood – have been deprived of life by violent immigrant racists in horrific and brutal attacks.’

No evidence came forth proving the murders were racially motivated, and the parents of the victims were in distress. They also said the party never even sought permission to use the pictures for political purposes.

One of the fathers of the murder victims told Kent News: “I am not in favour of this at all; I am not in favour of my son’s photograph being on there, and I don’t wish to be associated with this in any way. I don’t support what they are trying to do – they have their facts wrong anyway. It was not a racial attack.

“My son has been dead for four years and I want him to lay there in peace. I do not want his name used in this fashion. I want to take this to the Prime Minister – it’s just wrong doing something like this. It will upset all the family.”

When Britain First found out that people were concerned, they removed the photos from their website, but the photos were still seen in a video afterwards.

Further reading:
  1. Father of murdered Harry Potter star angry at far right group over race murder leaflet

Friday, 18 July 2014

Britain First supporters thought fake front page photo was real

Far right group Britain First (BF) has been desperate to get support. It’s been so desperate it photo-shopped a fake story in a bid to get ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’.

Here they did a mock-up of The Sun newspaper.

Looking at the date, many supporters noticed something fishy, but others didn’t realise what they were seeing was fake. Here are some comments.

It goes to show people can be gullible. You simply cannot believe everything on the internet.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Why Britain First are bullies

[Guest post]

Who picks on the vulnerable and use intimidation to get what they want? Bullies. And Britain First.

For all those who don’t know, they’re the British far-right group notable for invading mosques disrespectfully, intimidating worshippers and giving out Bibles.

Here’s a photo taken inside a London mosque when Britain First invaded.

Look at the three Britain First members in this photo. They’re standing tall, in a line, and one of them in the back has his hands on his hips like he means business. Who are they up against?

An innocent old man who just happens to be there wanting to pray.

Intimidation and threatening behaviour is nothing new for this nasty group. Paul Goulding, the face of it, even told someone in Bradford the community has “been warned” in one ‘mosque invasion’ video, and the group continues to barge into places uninvited.

Bullies are also often scared when they’re outnumbered, and this relates to Britain First quite well. They only go inside mosques when hardly anyone is in, and then record themselves taping innocent old men thinking they’ve done a job well done.

That said, Britain First is not a party, it’s just a gang of bullies.

Britain First members swore and forced their way into mosque

According to eyewitnesses, Britain First (BF) members swore and forced themselves into a mosque in Kent.

Police investigations have already started in Kent and London after three mosques were targeted by the extreme far right group, which has been targeting minority communities (the Muslim community in particular).

A spokesman for one of the mosques told the BBC: “At about three o’clock somebody knocked on the front door. There were six people with green jackets and flat caps and they said they wanted to come in. I said no, you can’t come in, I don’t know who you are.”

He said the group then forced their way in through the main door, but were stopped from going through a second door.

He added: “They were making videos, at the same time swearing, and saying we heard you’re building another mosque and we really resist that.”

Kent Police said: “Officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances around the incidents and whether any criminal offences have been committed.”

The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, said he thought Jesus would have been “outraged” at the targeting of the mosques.

Further reading:
  1. Police investigate Kent and London mosque visits

Britain First continue to use Lee Rigby’s name to promote party

Britain First (BF) is using social media to further achieve its political goals whilst on the ground, creating a climate of fear amongst minority communities.

And despite the family of murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was killed by extremists on 22 May, making a public plea for his name not to be taken in vain for political purposes, Britain First continues to use his name.

As shown by this screenshot (taken on 17 July 2014), Britain First continue to share photos in a bid to get more support online. This photo was posted two days before this post was published.

But this isn’t the first time Britain First has used Lee to further their political goals. Back in May, Britain First got away with using the description ‘Remember Lee Rigby’ on its ballot papers, and election watchdogs had to apologise.

Lee’s mum said she was ‘heartbroken’ that her son’s name was allowed to be used by the party for promotion and posted this on Facebook, saying Britain First’s views were ‘not what lee believed in and has no support from the family’.

Britain First regional organisers have also used his photo and name to promote “memorial walks”. Some of the events, like one organised in Huddersfield, appealed for donations too.

Also to note, English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson and balaclava-clad thugs also exploited the tragic death of Lee by taking to the streets of London.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Will Britain First object to segregated toilets?

[Guest post]

A self-styled ‘battalion’ from far-right extreme group Britain First (BF) recently ‘invaded’ a mosque in South London, demanding it to remove its female and male signs.

The signs designated separate entrances for men and women, so they can enter for segregated worship as is the custom in most mosques, as well as Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras.

But leader of the thugs Paul Goulding said to a worshipper: “We’re Britain First, yeah? We object to your signs that are outside, the signs for men and women… in this country we have equality.”

According to Britain First, the signs promoted sexism, just because men and women could go through different entrances. But wait a minute... the group has forgotten about segregated public toilets, segregated changing rooms, heck even girls-only schools and boys-only schools.

So surely, Britain First needs to invade these places right?

I highly doubt Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras will be told to remove their signs. So this stunt goes to show, Britain First are merely targeting and terrorising the Muslim community in particular.

A worshipper inside politely asked the group to remove their shoes as it was a place of worship but the Britain First members blatantly ignored him. A volunteer who gave a statement to the press also said people found Britain First members “aggressive and threatening”.

Britain First leader EXPOSED in charity scam

Paul Goulding is chairman of the extreme right wing group Britain First (BF), and has been at the forefront of its leading confrontational street activities.

Notably, he has been in the limelight for disrespectfully ‘invading’ mosques (when hardly anyone is in except mainly old men).

In a video uploaded by a war veteran, he’s running a stall for the Help for Heroes charity, also giving out leaflets that contain the Britain First website link.

The veteran says Goulding and his friend were collecting illegally, and he saw them getting some money from a few passer-bys.

When asked to produce his license, Goulding says “what license?” and doesn’t show it (a street collection license is required in Sussex – the region this video was captured).

After the veteran acts like he phones the police, Goulding and his friend coincidentally pack up and leave.

Goulding was once in the far-right National Front (NF), and turned up to a Remembrance Sunday march at the cenotaph drunk and with a pair of women’s knickers on his head (also shown on the BBC).

A convert to Christianity, he was also former head of publicity for the British National Party (BNP) as well as a failed councillor in Kent.

An introduction to the far-right group Britain First

Britain First (BF) has seemed to take the UK’s far-right scene by storm.

Seeking to fill a vacuum left by the declining British National Party (BNP) and the splintering English Defence League (EDL), Britain First has been found to be confrontational and dangerous.

Combining the immigrant-bashing rhetoric of the BNP with the intolerant hostility to Islam of the EDL, Britain First is attracting supporters from both due to its confrontational approach, stunts, and strategic marketing.

Recently, members – including the face of the political party Paul Goulding, a former BNP frontman – disrespectfully entered mosques harassing worshippers (mainly elders), distributing anti-Islam leaflets and Bibles.

According to Hope Not Hate, Britain First is in reality not led by Paul Goulding, but by Jim Dowson, who has been a religious antagonist and Protestant extremist since the early 1980s, when he was active in anti-abortion extremism in Scotland.

He also led an anti-abortion group named UK Life League, that was investigated by the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit.

Britain First's Jim Dowson

For several years, he was a key fundraiser for the BNP, but after falling out with BNP leader Nick Griffin he set off alone and eventually formed a partnership with ex-BNP publicity officer, Paul Goulding.

Britain First's Paul Goulding

And from then on Britain First was born.

Matthew Collins, director of research for HOPE Not Hate and a former member of the National Front (NF) and BNP said that the Britain First’s “confrontational style is attracting huge publicity and could potentially lead to a violent backlash. If nothing else, its provocative actions – such as distributing Bibles inside mosques and doorstepping Muslim community leaders in their homes – is generating a climate of fear.”

Britain First is using social media to generate interest by strategically marketing itself to people, particularly on Facebook.

Its online campaigns have shown support for the Armed Forces or against animal cruelty that people ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ (knowingly and unwillingly), which makes the post reach out to more people. It has also been claimed that many ‘Like’s have been bought.

On the ground, Britain First is creating a climate of fear amongst minority communities for its own political gain.

Further reading:
  1. Hate Files: Britain First
  2. ‘BRITAIN FIRST – Army of the Right’