Bishop of Stepney condemns BNP linked ‘Christian Patrols’ in East End
Britain First member hands out leaflets in Brick Lane
The nationalist group Britain First drove into Brick Lane in two armoured Gulf War landrovers on Friday with leaflets warning of “Muslim Patrols” in the area.
The group was condemned by the Bishop of Stepney who said there was no place for them in Tower Hamlets.
Britain First’s chairman, Paul Golding, formerly a senior figure in the BNP, said he hoped to “draw out” Muslim extremists using cigarettes and beer as “bait”.
Speaking to the Advertiser, Mr Golding said: “This is going to be a regular thing. We’re going to be out there every weekend to draw out these Muslim Patrols.”
In December, three members of self-styled Muslim Patrols were jailed for threatening the public for “un-Islamic” behaviour.
Last week, Britain First posted a video online of its first Christian Patrol handing out leaflets in Brick Lane.
In the video, one man is shown saying: “This is our country. You want to live here, you adhere by our laws.”
The men stood outside the East London Mosque in Whitechapel smoking and drinking beer, then unfurled a banner with the word “resistance” on it.
The Rt Rev Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, said: “East London is proud of its generous attitude to diversity, based on tolerance and respect.
“There is no place for vigilante patrols, Christian, Muslim or any other faith, on the streets of Tower Hamlets.”
He added: “Our kaleidoscopic community thrives on celebrating our differences, not condemning them.”
A spokesman for the East London Mosque said: “Britain First’s patrol does not represent Christians, just as al-Muhajiroun’s patrols did not represent Muslims. Both are tiny, extreme groups, unwelcome in our community.”
Liveraf Comment. We feel bound to point out that there is no connection whatsoever the BNP and Britain First, beyond the fact that both groups possess the same vile racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic attitudes towards anything and everything they perceive as in any way un-British or in any way different from them. And both groups share a common aroma. I tell you brothers and sisters, that you would not want to stand downwind of any of them!