“Anti-Islamofascist” group to host … British fascist

I’ve just got a message from CAIR that “Young Americans for Freedom”, one of the groups who have sponsored one of the so-called Islamofascist Awareness events in the USA, at which Rick Santorum spoke at Michigan State Uni, is now hosting a speech by the leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin. The British National Party has a history which traces back through the National Front, a fascist and racist party which briefly enjoyed some popularity in the UK in the 1970s and then dropped like a stone. Traditionally it was anti-Semitic as well as anti-immigrant; in recent years, Griffin has moved the party to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment and to take advantage of any social crisis or unrest. The BNP has also made lame attempts to woo the Jewish vote. (Update 28th Oct: the Führer’s speech was interrupted by about 75 students of various backgrounds, according to the Lansing State Journal. More: Umar Lee.)

However, the fact remains that he is a racist and a Holocaust denier. According to their constitution (section 1, paragraph 2b):

The British National Party stands for the preservation of the national and ethnic character of the British people and is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples. It is therefore committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent, the overwhelmingly white makeup of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948.

Membership of the party is restricted to members of the following groups (section 2, paragraph 2):

The indigenous British ethnic groups deriving from the class of ‘Indigenous Caucasian’ consist of members of: i) The Anglo-Saxon Folk Community; ii) The Celtic Scottish Folk Community; iii) The Scots-Northern Irish Folk Community; iv) The Celtic Welsh Folk Community; v) The Celtic Irish Folk Community; vi) The Celtic Cornish Folk Community; vii) The Anglo-Saxon-Celtic Folk Community; viii) The Celtic-Norse Folk Community; ix) The Anglo-Saxon-Norse Folk Community; x) The Anglo-Saxon-Indigenous European Folk Community; xi) Members of these ethnic groups who reside either within or outside Europe but ethnically derive from them.

Griffin is well-known to endorse political thuggery. After his party won a council by-election in east London in 1993, he said the following to an undercover reporter posing as a French fascist:

The electors of Millwall did not back a post-modernist rightist party, but what they perceived to be a strong, disciplined organisation with the ability to back up its slogan ‘Defend rights for whites’ with well-directed boots and fists. When the crunch comes, power is the product of force and will, not rational debate.

While the party no longer explicitly promotes Holocaust denial, Griffin endorsed a pamplet entitled Did Six Million Really Die? in the same interview as his “boots and fists” statement. In a recent television interview, he was asked what he believed about the Holocaust and replied that he believed what he had to believe, otherwise he would be extradited to France. Clearly, his beliefs have not changed an inch; all that has changed is his strategy. It begs the question of whether the Jewish organisers of the “Islamofascism Awareness Week” will distance themselves from the YAF who are proud to host an anti-Semite, or if their hatred of Muslims is really so blind.

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