Thom Jefferson is a Gates of Vienna reader and commenter who lives and works in East London. He encountered the following poster at 4pm today on Whitechapel Road in Tower Hamlets, and took a photo for us:
I enlarged the poster and removed the foreshortening to make it clearer:
So this is what we’re all up against.
This is an example of the favored tactic that is being used against us on both sides of the Atlantic, and we can expect more of the same for the indefinite future.
- Don’t waste your time “denouncing” or “repudiating” Anders Behring Breivik. By going on the defensive in such a manner, you implicitly affirm the legitimacy of connecting the EDL with the Oslo killer. That’s a mug’s game, and you cannot possibly win it.
- For the same reason, don’t bother saying, “We’re not racists.” That’s also a defensive stance, and automatically puts you one-down. Decline to take part in any discussions about race and racism. Islam is not a race, so such arguments are irrelevant.
- Affirm your non-violence through your actions, not by declaring yourself non-violent. Actions speak louder than words. If the EDL is consistently peaceful, sober, and helpful to the community, then the demonization by the UAF and the media will not have its intended effect.
- Stay on-message. Don’t be drawn into pointless arguments started by the enemy on his own terrain. Those can never be won. “Peacefully opposing militant Islam” says it all. That’s the topic; stick to it.
- If a statement must be made, limit yourself to simple, one-sentence declarations. For example: “The EDL believes in resisting sharia through peaceful, democratic means.” That’s a winner.
One final note: if UAF are fighting this hard, and this dirty, it means they are losing.
They are afraid of the EDL.
They are frightened of the English people.
This means you’re being effective. Keep at it.