Primary menu

Woolwich reactions: York Mosque,Tea Defence League,Hope Not Hate

Alan Murray's picture

Tags Associated with article

More Woolwich reactions: York Mosque,Tea Defence League,HopeNot Hate

Here is a video report on the York Mosque's invitation to EDL demonstrators to come inside out of the cold to discuss their differences over a cup of tea and biscuits.   And here is a link to the Facebook page of the TDL - Tea Defence League - created after this event: 

Below is a letter to the press sent for publication on Saturday by Eddie Izzard on behalf of Hope Not Hate and several thousand signatories:
Today, the violent English Defence League will hold demonstrations in towns and cities across our country, trying to spread their message of hate. By blaming all Muslims for the terrible murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, the EDL will attempt to whip up a climate of fear and violence towards the Muslim community in Britain. But the EDL will fail. They will fail because we, the British people, reject their ignorance. 

The EDL and Islamic extremists are more similar to each other than to us. They share a violent, hate-fuelled desire for conflict and war, and we will not let either group tear our country apart. We condemn the shameful rise in anti-Muslim violence since Drummer Rigby's killing. The fair-minded majority of Britons understand that a community cannot be blamed for the actions of just two.

We know that the EDL does not speak for all Britain, just as we know that Muslim extremists do not speak for all Muslims. We, the British people, shun the EDL's message of hate today because they do not speak for us. We are confident that HOPE will prevail. It will prevail because they are the few, and we are -- and always will be -- the many.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Amaranatho's picture

Also have a look at this

Also have a look at this video

Post new comment

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Glossary terms will be automatically marked with links to their descriptions. If there are certain phrases or sections of text that should be excluded from glossary marking and linking, use the special markup, [no-glossary] ... [/no-glossary]. Additionally, these HTML elements will not be scanned: a, abbr, acronym, code, pre.
  • Insert Flickr images: [flickr-photo:id=230452326,size=s] or [flickr-photoset:id=72157594262419167,size=m].

More information about formatting options