John R. Houk
© May 31, 2018
Tommy Robinson’s arrest in front Leeds Court for ONLY shining a light on 29 Muslims involved in rape, trafficking, pedophilia and grooming to perpetuate those crimes of horror; is beginning to be criticized.
Defenders of Free Speech are pointing fingers at the United Kingdom claiming the Brits have descended into totalitarianism. Bruce Bawer writing for the Gatestone Institute also criticizes the British Leftist Mainstream Media (MSM) for tarnishing Tommy Robinson by painting a picture of a Right-Wing extremist, you know, the kind of violent people that the USA would characterize as the violence-minded KKK or Arian Brotherhood, or other Neo-Nazi White Supremacist bigots.
Indeed Robinson’s is indicative of a history of thuggery noted among British soccer (known as football in UK) fans. The Multiculturalist Leftist website Resisting Hate elaborates Robinson’s past thuggery and crimes even giving examples of purported racist tweets. Here’s a photo from Resisting Hate displaying Robinson’s run-in with British law:
Yet some time during this behavior, Robinson boned up on Islam and found out the Quran, Hadith and Sira legitimizes much of the crimes committed by the 29 Muslims most heinous of crimes of rape, trafficking, pedophilia, etc. Jamie Glazov did a two-part interview with Tommy Robinson discussing his 2015 book, Enemy of the State. You’ll have to go to the Glazov site to watch the interview, but below is an excerpt of the description:
Welcome to our special 2-Part Glazov Gang video series with Tommy Robinson, the founder and ex-leader of the EDL, the coordinator of Pegida UK and the author of his new memoir, Enemy of the State.
In Part I, Tommy discusses his new memoir and his continuing fight against the Islamization of his country. He talked about his opposition to all forms of racism and the slanders against him, the British authorities’ persecution of him for being a British patriot, the vicious Islamic assault on his nation and the mass denial about it, and much more.
In Part II, Tommy focuses on Rotting in Solitary, sharing the excruciating ordeal he has endured in the UK prison system. (TOMMY ROBINSON VS. ISLAMIC SUPREMACISM: SPECIAL 2-PART VIDEO SERIES; JAMIE GLAZOV; JamieGlazov.com; 4/2/16)
It sounds to me that Robinson has hung up his thug guns to be an activist for British patriotism, defender of Western Culture and an expose the truth about Islam kind-of-guy.
And yet, the British MSM often paints a picture of Robinson of using his past thuggery to wail on counter-culture Muslims.
In a 2017 interview between Piers Anthony and Robinson, Anthony went off on a Leftist diatribe to Robinson’s face demeaning anything that exposes Islam. Here’s an excerpt according Hugh Fitzgerald:
Piers Morgan had Tommy Robinson on his show recently, but only very briefly, and he hardly let Robinson have a word edgewise, interrupting him at every turn. …
Morgan registered his objection, saying, “Here’s my point. Right, I’ve read a lot of stuff that you’ve said and done. I know your history, I know all of it. Good, bad and ugly. Some of it is ugly, some of it, I agree with.”
… And what you were doing, was fomenting hatred and almost suggesting that somehow this attack, this revenge attack as you put it, was somehow deserving because of the historical behavior of certain people at a completely different mosque — that was my problem.”
“OK, Piers,” Robinson responded, “the newspaper you work for said exactly the same within an hour — Abu Hamza’s mosque. Were they fomenting hate, the newspaper you work for? Were they? Were they inciting hate?”
“I don’t run the Daily Mail,” Morgan protested.
“Now, if I hold up this book [i.e. the Quran] and say, ‘There will never be peace on this Earth so long as we have this book, it’s a violent and cursed book,’ Can I say that? Sir William Gladstone said that,” Robinson continued, referring to the 19th century prime minister of Great Britain’s description of the Quran.
“Would you say that of the Bible? Show some respect,” Morgan retorted.
“Show some respect? Have you read this book?” Robinson shot back. “Have you read this book? There are a hundred verses in this book that incite violence and murder against us.”
Why didn’t Piers Morgan answer Robinson’s question? Has he read the Qur’an? If he had, why wouldn’t he say so? The problem for Piers Morgan is that either he has not read the Qur’an (which is entirely possible, for study is not his strong suit, and he seems to be noticeably unwilling to engage on its contents, never having mentioned a single one of its verses) and therefore has no business taking issue with what Tommy Robinson, channeling Gladstone, maintains, or he has read it in which case he knows what it contains and and [sic] wants to keep that information from the public. After all, if he had said, “Yes of course I’ve read the Qur’an,” Robinson’s next question would have been: “Okay, can you recall even one verse out of the more than one hundred that incite violence and murder against the Infidels?”
… READ the whole post to understand how Multiculturalists would rather defend a culture of hate rather Western Culture (Piers Morgan, Bigoted Lunatic; By HUGH FITZGERALD; Jihad Watch; 6/24/17 11:26 AM)
The most balanced reporting that did not accuse Robinson of being a Right-Wing extremist was Fox News:
The arrest and jailing of British right-wing activist Tommy Robinson for covering a child grooming trial has led to an outpouring of anger from conservative political figures in the U.S. and Europe — with Donald Trump Jr. citing it as a reason “for the original Brexit.”
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, was arrested Friday outside a court in Leeds for filming men accused of being part of a gang that groomed children. Britain has been rocked by an epidemic of child sex scandals perpetuated by gangs of predominantly Muslim men.
Fox News reported Friday that he had been jailed for 13 months for contempt of court, but British media initially were unable to report on the sentence due to a reporting ban slapped on the case by the judge. That ban was lifted Tuesday after appeals by media outlets.
Robinson, the former leader of the English Defense League known for his acerbic criticism of Islam, reportedly pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of a previously suspended sentence from 2017 when he reported on a similar case.
Robinson is a polarizing figure in the U.K. Supporters say he speaks out against political correctness and the growing influence of Islamic extremism, while opponents claim he is a racist who stokes fear and division, and note that he has previous convictions.
The details of the case Robinson was reporting on last week are still blocked by a reporting ban. Consequently many British media outlets reported only that he was arrested outside a courthouse, but gave no specifics about the case itself. However, Robinson’s supporters say he repeated allegations that have been published in local media outlets.
Robinson’s jailing has tapped into a long-standing narrative among conservatives in the U.K. and Europe that authorities are quick to clamp down on anyone bringing attention to crimes associated with Islam, while being lax about the perpetrators of those crimes.
Consequently, as news trickled out over the weekend, conservative figures reacted with fury. On Saturday, crowds descended outside Downing Street to demonstrate for Robinson’s release.
Others expressed concern for Robinson’s welfare, suggesting that due to his profile as an Islam critic, he may be a target in prison. U.K. Independence Party leader Gerard Batten said that one of the party’s members of the House of Lords wrote to Home Secretary Sajid Javid threatening a private prosecution as “an accessory, or for misconduct in public office.”
Quickly, the case picked up international attention. Trump Jr. responded to a tweet about the case and the gag order, saying it was “Reason #1776 for the original #Brexit.”
… READ ENTIRETY (‘Free Tommy Robinson’: Trump Jr., European populists slam UK over jailing of right-wing activist; Fox News; 5/29/18)
Bruce Bawer writing for the Gatestone Institute lays out criticism of Robinson’s arrest, the British Multiculturalist MSM unrighteously castigating Robinson’s current character and the UK’s apparent descent into anti-Free Speech totalitarianism.
British Media: Lockstep Lies
By Bruce Bawer
May 30, 2018 at 9:00 am
- Did the Daily Mail’s lawyers have to check with the British government, which had placed a gag order on reporting about the arrest, to make sure that it was permissible to report on the protest, if not directly on the arrest itself?
- It seems fair to say that the incident has shocked, outraged, and scared people around the world who, until now, had thought of the United Kingdom as a free country.
- “Britain used to be a bastion of free speech. Today its leaders are behaving like North Korea and Saudi Arabia.” – Geert Wilders, MP; The Netherlands
- Meanwhile, Robinson remains in jail for daring to exercise his free speech, and what the mainstream media have won back is the right to resume repeating their lockstep lies about who he is and what he stands for.
Hundreds of supporters of Tommy Robinson filled the streets of London on Saturday in protest against his arrest in Leeds on Friday, but it was not until shortly after midnight on Monday that the Daily Mail posted a report about the protest on its website. The story, which was unsigned, was updated on early Monday afternoon. How to explain the delay? Did the Daily Mail’s lawyers have to check with the British government, which had placed a gag order on reporting about the arrest, to make sure that it was permissible to report on the protest, if not directly on the arrest itself?
The Mail made sure to describe the hundreds of protesters as “far-right.” How did the Mail ascertain their politics? Does it not occur to the Mail that even if Robinson were far-right, which he is not, a British subject would not have to be far right to want to take in a protest against his shockingly rapid-fire arrest, trial, conviction, and imprisonment for the sole offense of reporting from outside a courthouse?
The Evening Standard also reported on the protest – and also labeled the participants “far-right.” “The incident,” wrote the Standard ‘s Tom Powell, “has triggered a furious reaction from his fans.” In fact, it seems fair to say that the incident has shocked, outraged, and scared people around the world who, until now, had thought of the United Kingdom as a free country.
Hundreds of supporters of Tommy Robinson protest his imprisonment, at a May 25 demonstration on Downing Street in London, England. (Image source: Ruptly video screenshot)
“Is Britain lost to the ranks of free nations? The land that bequeathed the world the Magna Carta and the ‘mother of parliaments’ is indulging in totalitarianism with its handling of Tommy Robinson, a famous political activist agitating about the threat of radical Islam, and attempting to report on the trial of a Muslim ‘grooming gang’ that allegedly preyed on young English girls, forcing them into prostitution.”
In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders declared solidarity with Robinson: “Britain used to be a bastion of free speech. Today its leaders are behaving like North Korea and Saudi Arabia.”
At least the Mail and Standard ran stories about the protests. Other major British dailies did not. The Metro website, for its part, posted a story that made the Mail look objective: “The controversial nationalist and far-right commentator, real name Stephen Lennon, was posing as a ‘reporter’ when police officers approached him,” wrote Olivia Waring in a piece headlined “Why Was Tommy Robinson Arrested?” In fact, Robinson was not “posing” as anything – he is a citizen journalist who at the time of his arrest was being watched live on Facebook by supporters around the world. Waring went on say that Robinson’s supporters “abide by slogans like ‘White Lives Matter.'” She also mentioned that Robin was a founder of the English Defence League, but omitted to acknowledge that he left the organization after it adopted a racist line of which he could not approve. In any event, Waring’s piece did not even pretend to answer the question posed in the title, leaving the reader to wonder exactly who is, in fact, posing as a reporter.
Whereas Robinson was arrested for “breaching the peace” – “apparently British police code for ‘offending Islam,'” noted Spencer wryly – and was immediately thereafter found guilty of “contempt of court” and hustled off to the hoosegow, the savages whose case he was covering have apparently been on trial for several weeks now. They face multiple charges, including rape, racially aggravated assault, and inciting a child into prostitution. One of the defendants is accused of fifty-one separate counts, including twenty-one counts of rape. During the weeks of their trial they have, of course, had legal representation and have apparently been allowed to go home at night. Meanwhile Robinson’s attorneys were apparently unable to contact him in the first hours and days after his arrest.
Finally, on Tuesday, in response to complaints by the British media, the gag order on reporting news about the Robinson case was lifted. Presumably this counts as a modest recovery for freedom of the press in Britain. Meanwhile, Robinson remains in jail for daring to exercise his free speech, and what the mainstream media have won back is the right to resume repeating their lockstep lies about who he is and what he stand[s] for.
Bruce Bawer is the author of the new novel The Alhambra (Swamp Fox Editions). His book While Europe Slept (2006) was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His other books include A Place at the Table (1993), Stealing Jesus (1997), Surrender (2009), and The Victims’ Revolution (2012). A native New Yorker, he has lived in Europe since 1998.
Multiculturalists Malign Tommy Robinson to Discredit Him
John R. Houk
© May 31, 2018
British Media: Lockstep Lies
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