Further to my previous post about our local Imam urging the jumu’ah (Friday prayer) congregation to avoid Luton town centre on Saturday 5th Feb when the English Defence League bigots will be holding a rally, the anti-racist group, Unite Against Fascism have announced that they will be holding a counter-demo on the day and have gained the support of the ASLEF union.
An interesting conundrum this: should Luton’s Muslims take part in the counter-demo against the openly anti-Muslim EDL? In previous EDL demos, mosques have generally advised Muslims to avoid taking part in counter-demos, undoubtedly due to understandable fears that they will allow themselves to be provoked by the EDL and could land themselves in trouble with the law, not to mention giving the TV news cameras the images they want.
At the moment my thinking is that I will go along to the town centre on Feb 5th and blog or tweet about what happens. I bought a (rather wonderful) HTC Desire smartphone a couple of months ago and it will be a good opportunity to test out its tweeting or blogging capability.
Isn’t it a disgrace how our leading politicians have remained criminally silent in the face of the openly anti-Muslim agitation of the EDL? It’s as if they have calculated that there are more votes to be lost than won by speaking out against the EDL.