A few weeks ago I told you about a guy named Tommy Robinson, who co-founded something called the English Defence League. He gets beat up a lot in the British press — and in person, as you’ll see — for speaking his mind about the spread of Islamic ideology throughout Britain.
He’s been branded a racist and a bigot and a hatemonger because he disagrees with an ideology. Because he believes that when you move to another country, you should assimilate into that country’s culture instead of trying to supplant it with your own. People from all over the world move to the UK and add to the country’s culture, without giving up their beliefs or sense of self-identity. And they think of themselves as Britons. Because they are. (You can listen to Robinson talking about this a few weeks ago, right after the savage beheading of a British soldier in the streets of London by rhetoric-spouting jihadis, here. It’s half an hour, but it’s well worth listening to every word.)
I missed Robinson when he was on “The Factor” the other night, because he was on “The Factor.” But here he is, and I think he states his case well:
I hope Robinson makes the transition from street-protest leader to TV pundit, because I think he’s much more effective when he’s laying out his case like this, calmly and plainly. People see him yelling in the street, with a bunch of guys in ski masks jumping around chanting “EDL!”, and it just turns them off. It distracts from the message. In our 24/7 news cycle, image is everything. Especially when the media are more sympathetic to red-handed, knife-wielding, dogma-babbling terrorists than to the people protesting them.
To give you an idea of what Robinson goes through on a daily basis, here’s a clip of him being interviewed for Current TV (remember them?) a couple of years ago, while driving through a Muslim neighborhood in London.
WARNING: Islamic violence and harsh language in response
Religion of peace.
BTW, that clip was posted by someone calling himself “Muslim Brother,” with this description:
Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon gets punched then shits himself in luton.
“Muslim Brother” and his mates like this. They want this. They think this is the way things should be done. And yet, according to Current TV, Robinson’s reaction to it is “Islamophobia.”
Wow, Current TV’s sale to Al Jazeera is just a lateral move, innit? Enjoy that extra $100 million in oil money, Al. Buy a few more carbon-spewing cars and mansions and private jets, you bloated hypocrite.
But back to the point: A guy should be able to criticize your ideology — not your race, not your religion, but your ideology — without getting punched in the face for it, shouldn’t he? Does he deserve to get beheaded in the street? Or shot? Or blown up? Or have a commerical airliner flown into his building? Just for disagreeing with you and daring to say so?
Oh wait, I forgot. Not All Muslims do that. Therefore, there’s nothing tying any of those acts of violence together. There’s no common motive. My bad.
Update: Here’s a report from Canada’s Sun News Network on another literal beating Robinson has taken from ROP’ers.