The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. – Albert Einstein, refugee from Nazi Germany

The English Defence League’s Mission Summary

(1) The English Defence League has risen from the English working class to act, lead and inspire in the struggle against global Islamification
(2) The English Defence League stands for human rights
• We stand for free speech in practice
• We stand for free speech in the law
• We stand for the right of English people to their own country over and above people from elsewhere
• We stand for the right of British Muslims to speak freely about problems deriving from Islam
• Our activities are peaceful. We are committed to non-violence
(3) The English Defence League stands for democracy and the rule of law
• We stand for democracy and the rule of law by opposing sharia
• We stand for English cultural norms by opposing sharia
• We oppose the Islamic distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims (kuffar)
• We demand effective action against the threat of terrorism in the UK
(4) The English Defence League educates the British public about Islam
• We reject politically correct depictions of Islam in Britain
• We promote an open debate about Islam in British life
• We promote a balanced depiction of Islam as a religion and ideology
(5) The English Defence League respects English tradition
• We are proud of England’s culture
• We expect migrants to the UK to live in harmony with English culture
• We refuse to tolerate the intolerant
• We support our armed forces
(6) The English Defence League is international in outlook
• We work in solidarity with others around the world

The English Defence League Mission Statement

(1) Introduction
We have risen from the English working class to act, lead and inspire in the struggle against global Islamification – The EDL was founded in the wake of the shocking actions of Muslim extremists who, at a regimental homecoming parade in Luton, openly mocked the sacrifices of our service personnel. Time has shown that the views of that minority on that day are increasingly widely shared by other Muslims. What’s more, time has also shown that the antipathy displayed by those Luton extremists is reflected in other expressions of Islam-inspired intolerance up and down and across Britain.

– Examples include: denigration and oppression of women, organised sexual abuse of children, female genital mutilation, so-called honour killings, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, demanding separate schools, the preference for sharia law over English law, intolerance of non-Muslims, unceasing demands that English society change to accommodate Muslim practices and preferences, and continued support for terrorist ideology and even terrorist atrocities.

(2) The English Defence League is a human rights organisation
We stand for free speech in practice – The EDL argues for the rights and ability of all people to protest against Islam’s encroachment into the lives of non-Muslims. We also reject the unjust assumption that all Muslims are complicit in or somehow responsible for the actions of other Muslims. So we stand firm in support of the right of both Muslims and non-Muslims to speak freely about these actions and encroachments.

We stand for free speech in the law – The EDL calls for the repeal of legislation that prevents effective freedom of speech. Freedom of speech under legal protection is essential if human rights abuses that may be associated with Islam are to be named, exposed, discussed, criticised, stopped and prevented.

We stand for the right of English people to their own country over and above people from elsewhere – England is the most densely-populated major country in Europe and uncontrolled immigration from any source stresses our infrastructure, food supplies, environment and societal well-being. We demand that immigration to the UK be under the 100% control of the UK Parliament and that Parliament’s laws be enforced by a 100% effective border force. We do not object in principle to all immigration, but we insist that the UK has the unfettered authority to determine who will enter this country and the conditions under which they can continue residence. All refugees and asylum seekers taken in should be given only temporary refuge and temporary asylum. British citizenship should be granted only to those who have good prospects of becoming good British citizens. British citizenship should be conditional on immigrants continuing as good British citizens for life.

We stand for the right of British Muslims to speak freely about problems deriving from Islam – We recognise that Muslims themselves are often the victims of some Islamic traditions and practices. Our laws, officials and institutions should protect the human rights of individual British Muslims to openly criticise Islamic orthodoxy, challenge Islamic leaders without fear of retribution, receive full equality before the law (including equal rights for Muslim women), demand reform of their religion, and leave Islam if they see fit, without fear of censure.

Our activities are peaceful. We are committed to non-violence – We are a street movement and use street protests to further our mission. Those who participate in our demonstrations do so because our collective demonstrations give us the opportunity to have our say in our own way. Other people will write books or blogs or engage in televised debates. Yet others will resort to violence and criminal abuse. We are loud and proud, but then we go back home to our families. We have been intimidated by unfairly overbearing police encroachment. We have been deliberately provoked by organised thugs intent on causing violence they can use to sully our name and, in so doing, give succour to sharia-pushers and appeasers of Islam. We would betray the millions who quietly support us as well as our mission if we did not stand up to these dirty tricks.

(3) The English Defence League stands for democracy and the rule of law
We stand for democracy and the rule of law by opposing sharia – We demand one legal system – one law – for all. To live under sharia law is not to live under the Western idea of ‘the rule of law’. Sharia law is not a single legal code. Each legal issue can be subject to different interpretations, according to the Muslim sect, the references consulted (from ancient scriptures to modern fatwas), expedience and the preferences of the judges. The European Court of Human Rights has determined that ‘sharia is incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy’. Despite these problems, there are still non-Muslims who condone the intrusion of sharia norms, and who believe that sharia can operate compatibly with our existing traditions and customs. In reality, sharia cannot operate fully as anything other than an alternative to our existing legal, political, and social systems. The primacy of British courts must be maintained and defended.

We stand for English cultural norms by opposing sharia – The operation of Islamic courts, the unreasonable demand that Islam be given more respect than it is due, and the stealthy incursion of halal food, the promotion of sharia in “Trojan Horse” schools – all demonstrate that sharia is already creeping into our lives. We stand for the organic community cohesion that saw us survive two World Wars, not the contrived and awkward community cohesion that enables sharia and shields it from criticism.

We oppose the Islamic distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims (kuffar) – This fundamental distinction between superior Muslims and inferior non-Muslims permeates the Koran, sharia law and the Islamic worldview. Islam has no place for “the Golden Rule”. The EDL will never allow this sort of apartheid to take root in our country. The EDL therefore opposes sharia appeasement in all its forms, and works actively to expose and end the sharia-compliant behaviours that are already being adopted, often by stealth, often by nagging and whining, in our society.

We demand effective action against the threat of terrorism in the UK – We would have thought that the Islamic bombing of the London Underground in 2005 would have been a “wake-up call”. 52 people killed and 700 injured, many maimed for life and many more than the 700 psychologically damaged. Every year there are new terror attacks or thwarted attacks. But our leaders are too afraid to do what must be done and so boast that we will not allow the terrorists to change the way we live. But change is what we must do. Our political leaders are too cowardly to deal with the problem of Islamic terror at its root; so they make a virtue out of their cowardice. We are not fooled.

(4) The English Defence League educate the British public about Islam
We reject politically correct depictions of Islam in Britain – The British political and media establishment present a sanitised, politically correct and therefore inaccurate view of Islam. This view is shaped by the needs of policy-makers, political wheeler-dealers and ambitious Muslim interests rather than the needs of the British public. Political correctness always, on all matters, is a barrier to informed policy-making and makes finding the solution to real problems impossible. The EDL will expose and oppose this self-defeating and destructive practice – which is also cowardly and cynically expedient.

We promote an open debate about Islam in British life – We are committed to public education to ensure that all aspects of Islam that impact on our society can be debated in an open and honest way, free from threats and intimidation. Demonisation of Muslims, or of Islam’s critics, adds nothing to this vital debate. We believe that only by looking at all the facts can society be most effectively and humanely governed. If there are aspects of Muslim tradition that encourage the activities of Islamic radicals and criminals then these need to be properly addressed without fear of accusations of racism, xenophobia, fascism, ‘Islamophobia’, or death threats.

We promote a balanced depiction of Islam as a religion and ideology – The EDL promotes the understanding of Islam and the implications for non-Muslims forced to live alongside it. Islam is not just a religious system; it is practised as a political and social ideology. Thus Islam takes for itself a wider scope for authority and power than other religions. Islam has no place for “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s”. It is a category mistake to compare Islam with religions such as Christianity or Judaism. Apples and oranges.

(5) The English Defence League respects English tradition
We are proud of England’s culture – The EDL stands for the right of English culture to exist and prosper in England. We recognise that our culture is dynamic, that over time changes take place naturally, and that other cultures make contributions that can be welcomed to enrich our own. However, this does not give license to policy-makers and social engineers to deliberately, or by default, undermine our culture and impose non-English cultures on the English people in their own land.

We expect migrants to the UK to live in harmony with English culture – People who choose to migrate to this country should be expected to respect our culture, its laws, and its traditions. They should not expect their own cultures to be promoted, subsidised or enabled by agencies of the state. The best of their cultures will be absorbed naturally and the lives of all of us will be enhanced by the culture that results. The onus should always be on foreign cultures to adapt and integrate. If migrant cultures promote anti-democratic ideas, show contempt for our cultural norms and refuse to accept the authority of our nation’s laws, then the host nation should not bow to the immigrants’ ideas in the name of some concocted doctrine such as ’cultural sensitivity’. Law enforcement personnel must be able to enforce the rule of law without prejudice or fear.

We refuse to tolerate the intolerant – The EDL welcomes support from people of all races, all faiths, all political persuasions, and all legal lifestyle choices. Under our umbrella, all people in England, whatever their background or origin, can stand united in a desire to stop the imposition of the demands of Islam on non-believers. In order to ensure the continuity of our culture and its institutions, the EDL stands opposed to the creeping Islamisation of our country.

We support our armed forces – Our armed forces stand up and risk their lives every day in order to protect our culture, our democratic way of life and our people. The EDL is therefore committed to opposing any and all abuse that our men and women in uniform may be subjected to, and supports legal remedies to ensure that those working within these important institutions are not exposed to abuse or aggression from within our country. We further argue strongly for continued support for these same men and women when they leave the armed forces. Some of these people have very difficult physical and psychological problems – this means that support for them may also be difficult and may be life-long. It does not mean that they can be abandoned.

(6) The English Defence League is international in outlook
We work in solidarity with others around the world – The EDL is keen to join with others who share our values, wherever they are in the world, and from whatever cultural background they derive. We believe that the demand for sharia and the pressure for Islamification are global and unremitting. They need to be tackled at a global as well as national level, so that these demands will never be succumbed to. The EDL therefore has an international outlook to complement our domestic efforts. We contribute to the global struggle against Islamic intolerance of Western cultures, customs, religions, politics, and laws. The time for tolerating intolerance has come to an end: it is time for the civilised world to unite against a truly Global Jihad, in all its forms.


Approved for release by the English Defence League Committee, 3 January 2016

 

Upcoming events:

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017

    EDL Regional demo Peterborough 21 October 2017