It takes a nation to protect the nation
I am Tommy Robinson.
As leader of the English Defence League I stand here today to say Happy Birthday to all of us! We are one year old next month and continue to spread like a wild fire! We are young but growing in numbers, experience and maturity.
Currently there are about 200 EDL divisions in this country. Feel your strength! Take confidence in each other. Know that you are not alone. You are part of a great tidal wave of protest and patriotism that will save this country.
Let me say a word about my disguise. It is a sign that we are not yet free to be free in this country. But someday we will all be able to respect freedom of speech without being the target of violence and threats of violence. As you know, freedom of speech is a sham when it comes to almost any criticism of Islam. For those who criticise our security arrangements I ask them to just think of Theo Van Gogh who was murdered in 2004.
In the early days, in the midst of the abuse from counter demonstrators, the media and politicians (all of which continue today) I asked myself who will defend this country? When push comes to shove, who will actually defend this country? Who will put their life on the line for this country? The answer that came to me was this: It is the people around me, the people here and now, the ordinary people of this country who have risen up and are continuing to stand up to say enough is enough. I include, of course, our brave soldiers who suffer and die in far away lands who then come back to this country having learned a thing or two about Sharia law.
Our society is under threat because our tolerance and our generosity towards those of other countries and cultures are being used by intolerant people, in order to promote intolerance. This is a weakness in our society which can be exploited by them for only so long. Our work is to address that weakness and eliminate it.
We celebrate our movement today to free this country from the practice and growth of Sharia law and other manifestations of a foreign ideology.
We say: No to Sharia, no to special privileges based on religion and belief systems, no to special laws to protect almighty Allah from the same scrutiny and even humour that the Christian God and Jewish God receives. The God of the Christians and Jews I believe can take a joke or two, but poor ole Allah and Mohammed need defending from films, jokes and cartoons! How weak and pathetic is that? Ayatollah Khomeini has said there are no jokes in Islam. ‘What sort of joker is he,’ I thought.
Our message since the beginning is that we are peacefully protesting against militant Islam. We will continue to do just that until the threat from Muslims who wish to impose Sharia law on this green and pleasant land disappear completely. Our children deserve no less from us.
We carry this message on all our marches and, if need be, we will shout it from the rooftops. There is one rooftop in Dudley that has the distinction of becoming a platform for our message and we have Leon and Snowy to thank for that. Thank you Leon and Snowy!
Sometimes I think this country has fallen down a rabbit hole with Alice into Wonderland. Recently a special immigration court said two men were al-Qaeda operatives - but that they could not be deported because they faced torture or death back in their home in Pakistan.
I believe that they have forsaken their right to appeal to their human rights when they deny human rights to the people in this country!
On 5 March we went to London to support one of the most courageous politicians in Europe today, Geert Wilders. We hope the Dutch people vote him in as the Dutch Prime minister on 6 June. However, we look in vain for similar courage among our politicians in this country. But we cannot stop and wait for them. We will act and continue to show the people in power that we love this country and will not allow it to be destroyed by militant Islam.
Together we will achieve this great victory!
May God bless and guide our efforts,
God bless the Queen!
Written by Kinana and delivered by Tommy Robinson of the EDL to the rally in Newcastle on Saturday 29 May 2010