Britain First have once again demonstrated a fundamental misunderstanding of theology, history and reality by relaunching their ludicrous 'Christian Patrols' in 'Muslim-Occupied East London'.
Non-members of the far-right pseudo political group may be surprised to learn that parts of the nation's capital are at the mercy of an Islamic military force and that's because it's all utter tosh.
Britain First's leader, Paul Golding, and their equally uncharismatic deputy, Jayda Fransen, appear to have taken issue with London's Brick Lane.
Remember that bit in the Bible where Jesus drives around Jerusalem in an armoured chariot picking fights on people?
A contingent of the continuously misinformed Britain First descended upon the area in their characteristic armoured Land Rover which presumably goes someway to protecting the insecure and perennially angry souls inside.
Once out of the van, Fransen explains why they are there handing out leaflets stating: "Muslim patrols are operating in this area confiscating alcohol and harassing women."
She said: "This is in response to the Muslim patrols that have been carried out in this area and we just want to be sure our people are safe on the streets."
While there have been documented cases of small groups of men attempting to enforce Sharia law in East London, the area is mainly renowned for it's curry houses, markets and attracting people of all ethnic and religious persuasions on a daily basis.
As Vice's Alex Miller found out in his brilliant documentary 'London's Holy Turf War' (video below):
These two marginalised but potentially dangerous London subcultures [Britain First and the Muslim Patrols] believe that society has failed their communities enough that they are now taking to the streets to implement or defend their ways of life, according to their opposing politicised and religious ideologies.
The irony being that while their shared aggressive approach has resulted in media coverage and media panic, they ultimately are responsible for and justify each other's existence.
This point is tacitly acknowledged in Britain First's video when Golding says: "That's a pretty provocative leaflet to be handing out in the heart of Brick Lane."
Later in the video Golding confronts a man and shouts: "This isn't your area, it's a Christian area, it always has been."
In fact, in the 19th and 20th century it was a predominately Jewish area but that doesn't really for the Britain First narrative.
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When the man objects to being filmed, Golding shouts: "You come over here, give it all the mouth and then when we start filming ya, you act like a coward."
This from a man who rocked up in an armoured Land Rover.
Local MP Rushanara Ali, for Bethnal Green and Bow said, "Time and again, people in the East End have come together to reject hatred and intolerance.
"The divisive rhetoric of fringe groups such as ‘Britain First’ has no place in our East End, the proud home to one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the UK."
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