It takes a nation to protect the nation
Some of our friends from the great U.S. of A. have enquired about starting an EDL chapter there. We say: Yes! Go for it. However, a better way forward would be to join or form local-based ‘Defence Leagues’ throughout the country.
America needs what the English Defence League has been doing for years now. Feet on the streets, combined with proclaiming the truth about Islam in the public square. In fact, in the USA greater strides could be possible because of the strong commitment to Freedoms of Speech and Assembly. It is in your constitution!
In every demonstration of the EDL, since its beginning 5 years ago, attempts have been made to stop us. These have had varying degrees of success. The police, courts, local government and sometimes national government, have sought to either block completely or curtail our rights to assemble, march and speak our mind. In the USA such attempts should be less successful and in many places not even thought of. The most extreme resistance would most likely occur in places like Dearborn Michigan, otherwise known as Dearbornistan.
We are the ones charged by the political elites, the Leftists, Muslim organizations, and many in the Media, with causing and promoting division. You too will face the same accusations. But you have many resources to draw on to counter such lies.
To name here just one: Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of his speeches deal with the accusation of him causing division and tensions in the community and country. His reply was that tension can be creative and that exposure of injustice is necessary before healing is possible. (ref. ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ (August 1963) and the Nobel Lecture (December 1964))
Division and tensions in society must be squarely faced. ‘Feet on the Streets’ and speeches are one way to help society face up to what is happening. To point out that Islam generates and causes tension in a non-Muslim society is a first step to solving the problem. Are the Sharia-pushers willing to be productive, integrated citizens of the USA? Does Islam teach love and social equality with all people? To ask these questions is to provide the answer.
Bear in mind that the EDL is a movement free from Jew-hatred and racism; and it is committed to working within the law. We always seek a cooperative relationship with the local police. Some people constantly, like a broken record, charge us with racism but that is an idiotic and often deliberate distraction in this struggle. The colour of a person’s skin is simply not an issue. And as MLK has said: we seek to live in a nation where people ‘will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’
The only possible downside to starting up an EDL-like organisation is that America is a big place! Distances to travel for demos are greater but starting with local demos is a way forward. That is where anything that grows to any significance begins. Also there are other organisations which may suit people’s tastes, like ACT for America, the Tea Party and AFDI/SIOA. But because America is such a big place there is plenty of space for citizen actions of different types which will appeal to different people.
The EDL is proud to find supporters throughout the world and we hope that you are encouraged to take up the cause in your own area. But if that is not possible and you wish to support our efforts here in England we ask you to donate to our work by clicking on the Donate button here:www.edlbackup.com
In solidarity and hope
English Defence League