Britain’s Powerful Enemies of Freedom

HOPE not HateWhile ignored by all but a handful of major media, the decision to ban Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from Britain received considerable coverage at the relatively small number of websites (this one, it seems, more than any) where it was recognized as an outrage. One detail that has perhaps been given insufficient attention, however, is the fact that this disgraceful betrayal of the traditions of British democracy came in response to a complaint by an organization called Hope Not Hate. (Or, as the group writes its name, “HOPE not hate.”)

What is Hope Not Hate? Founded in 2004 as a “positive antidote” to the British National Party, it “has the support of the Daily Mirror, trade unions, celebrities and community groups across the country.” I wrote about it here last year, after it issued a particularly odious piece of propaganda and character assassination entitled Counter-Jihad Report. The “report’s” release was timed to coincide with the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, for its whole point was to link the Norwegian mass murderer with the several dozen people around the world (myself included) who were included in the report’s list of critics of Islam – the idea being that those critics were purveyors of hate, pure and simple, and that Breivik’s killing spree was a natural consequence of their vile rhetoric. About jihad itself – about 9/11, 7/7, and every other jihadist atrocity of recent decades – the “report” had absolutely nothing to say; on the contrary, the picture it painted was of a bunch of out-and-out hatemongers all of whom, in recent years, had resolved, for perverse reasons of their own (or, perhaps, without any reason at all), to despise and denounce a quarter of the earth’s population. An uninformed reader of the report might easily have concluded that these hatemongers’ common preoccupation – this thing they called jihad – was nothing more than a product of their twisted, feverish minds.

Was this counter-jihad movement an immense international conspiracy, whose participants had secretly connived to produce dozens of books, all within a brief period, about harmless people whom they had all decided to falsely and maliciously depict as a threat to everything they held dear? Or had these haters, in what could only be viewed as a staggering coincidence, all decided independently to target the exact same group of innocents with their bile? Whatever the case, the “report’s” bottom line was that it isn’t jihadist ideology that’s the problem (not that the report even acknowledged this ideology’s existence) – it’s the criticism of jihadist ideology that leads to violence, and thus represents a deadly danger to civilization. To underscore this point, Hope Not Hate actually juxtaposed, on the first page of the report, a picture of Breivik aiming a gun with photos of David Horowitz and Geert Wilders. As I observed at the time, Hope Not Hate’s document “turn[ed] reality on its head,” responding to messengers of truth – people who’d spent years alerting the public to a clear and present danger – by representing them as the real danger, and, at the same time, all but removing from the picture the people who really are the danger. The whole thing was absurd. Yet Hope Not Hate’s “report” was taken seriously on both sides of the Atlantic by journalists who – apparently uncomfortable dealing with the reality of jihad – welcomed the opportunity to depict jihad’s critics as the real menace to social harmony.

You’ve got to hand it to Hope Not Hate. It’s done an amazing job of getting the world to accept that it is exactly what it says it is. (The Wikipedia entries for many individuals and institutions that deal with controversial issues generally mix cheers with jeers; but Hope Not Hate’s Wikipedia page reads like a press release: “Hope Not Hate is an anti-hate, anti-racist and anti-extremist civil rights campaign based in the United Kingdom….”) Still, one can be forgiven for being surprised at the readiness of British authorities to do this preposterous posse’s bidding. Granted, we’re talking about a country where you can get in trouble for flying the nation’s flag (and where a gypsy family can move into your house and trash your stuff while you’re away for the weekend and not get into trouble); where preachers (only Christian ones, of course) risk arrest for criticizing homosexuality; and where police and social workers hesitated for years to save young girls from gangs of brutal Muslim rapists for fear of offending the latter’s co-religionists. Even so, some of us weren’t entirely prepared for the spectacle of the United Kingdom taking its marching orders from the likes of Hope Not Hate, and thereby utterly spurning age-old British principles of liberty in favor of Hope Not Hate’s monstrous ideology.

And what exactly is that ideology? A spokesman for the group, Matthew Collins, spelled it out in a statement congratulating the Home Office for its ruling: “There is a line in the sand between freedom of speech and the right to use hate speech. Freedom of speech does not guarantee you that right….People will now quote Voltaire but he never had the benefit of going to the gates of Auschwitz and seeing where unfettered free speech ends up.” In other words, forget “I disagree with what you say but would defend to the death your right to say it”; now it’s “I will do everything I can to silence you, because the kinds of things I have to say are good for society while the kinds of things you want to say resulted in the Holocaust.” In the eyes of Hope Not Hate, then, freedom of speech engenders tyranny, and the tyranny of speech suppression strengthens freedom.

Could it be more Orwellian?

Not only did the Home Office kowtow to Hope Not Hate; most of the media that deigned to cover the Spencer/Geller story dutifully followed Hope Not Hate’s script. The Huffington Post, for instance, described the controversy as pitting two “far-right activists” against “anti-fascist campaigners.” Liberal Conspiracy, a classical liberal website in the U.K., accepted without question Hope Not Hate’s self-designation as “anti-fascist” while echoing the group’s dismissal of Spencer and Geller as “American bloggers.” (Virtually all the articles I saw about the case refer to them as “bloggers”; none mentioned that Spencer is the author of more than one New York Times bestseller.) Patrick Hayes of Spiked Online, a British libertarian site, did criticize Hope Not Hate for its “Doublespeak,” yet he, too, bought into the absurd notion that this gaggle of left-wing fascists are in fact “anti-fascist” and went along with the group’s portrayal of Geller and Spencer, saying he’d never heard of them but that “[a]pparently, they are right-wing bloggers from America.” (Did it never occur to him to Google them?)

One article after another credulously transmitted Hope Not Hate’s claim that Geller and Spencer had run ads “calling Muslims ‘savages.’” Not one journalist seemed to have bothered fact-checking this calumny – and certainly it didn’t to any of them that it’s Hope Not Hate, not Geller and Spencer, whose specialité de la maison is name-calling. Similarly, the letter that started it all, in which Hope Not Hate accused Geller and Spencer of “incit[ing] hatred,” was quoted by a number of reporters – none of whom gave any indication of grasping the irony of the fact that the very people behind this charge had produced, in the Counter-Jihad Report, a consummate example of the incitement of hatred. Simply put, no media figure outside the “counter-jihad movement,” as far as I could tell, was clear-eyed enough to recognize that Geller and Spencer, like many of the others slandered in the “report,” are in the business of telling objective truths about Islamic theology – period – while Hope Not Hate, unable to refute those truths and therefore unwilling to debate the truth-tellers openly, has chosen systematically to respond to those truths with smears and lies and slander, misrepresenting the truth-tellers’ message and striving to destroy their reputations and careers. And it is this despicable crew, with their mendacious and malevolent modus operandi, who now have the ear of officials at the very pinnacle of British power.

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  • Hktony

    should be hate not hope
    or hope you hate
    or no hope but hate
    or simply ‘ forward’

    • EscapeVelocity

      Hope Not, Hate

      • defcon 4

        What other emotion is appropriate for the demonic, genocidal, intolerant, supremacist, totalitarian, Jew hating theology that is islam except HATE?

  • Bamaguje

    What did you expect from the Islam appeasing see-no-jihad lamestream media?

  • Viking.

    Our basic democratic (human) rights are
    being taken away from us. Freedom of speech and of expression,
    freedom of association and of assembly.

    Basically and among other things; the
    freedom to criticise those that you consider to be enemies, the
    freedom to publish cartoons that criticise opponents, the freedom to
    assemble for peaceful demonstration against murder done in the name
    of religion, the freedom to join together in an organisation devoted
    to righting political wrongs and to preventing criminal misdeeds.

    These rights are being taken away from
    us in order to protect the political doctrine of the establishment
    from criticism and in order to protect the religion of hate from
    feeling offended.

    Common people have always lived under
    some form of oppression, for a short period of historical time we
    have been encouraged to believe in the illusion of democracy and
    freedom, now reality is crushing our illusions and we are faced with
    either coming once more under elitist rule or under a dreadful
    religious tyranny.

  • imnokuffar

    I am so angry it defies description.

  • Paul Austin Murphy

    On Nick Lowles, the main man behind Hope Not Hate

    According to Nick Lowles, the EDL and counterjihad groups are a massive threat. And that’s why he once gave the Government a good telling off for its lax and soft attitude towards ‘racists’ and ‘fascists’. Lowles says that the EDL ‘poses one of the greatest threats to social and community cohesion at the moment’. And if that’s true, then why oh why is ‘the Government a mere spectator, hoping, no, praying, that police can contain trouble’? This is strange. Aren’t Islamism, militant Islam and many other things Islamic even a teeny weenie bit of a threat to Community Cohesion? Isn’t the ghettoisation of Muslims by Muslims themselves also a threat to Embraced Diversity?

    So it is strange that Nick Lowles has precisely nothing to say about these real threats to Community Cohesion and Diversity. Who am I kidding? This is not strange at all. Lowles’s championship of Muslim separatism is part of his campaign against Englishness. You know, racism, fascism, imperialism, whiteism, non-leftism and all the other things he hates about the English and England.

    As I said earlier, because Nick Lowles is a Communist (the difference between Trots and Commies doesn’t make a difference to anyone except Trots and Commies), the EDL and counter-jihad groups are not the only object of his leftist displeasure. Yes, the Government is at fault too. The ‘present Governments have shown absolutely no leadership in their attitude towards the EDL’. Is that a roundabout way of saying that Cameron and Clegg haven’t sat in the Cabinet office discussing the Problem of the EDL with His Supremeness, Nick Lowles? Is it also a euphemism for the Government not kicking the EDL’s arse by banning it? Or is it about the Government not imprisoning enough (!)EDL leaders in much-needed gulags for ‘fascists’, ‘racists’, ‘Islamophobes’ and all other non-leftists (except Muslims and perhaps black people)?

    The problem is, apparently, that the Government and others ‘play down the EDL threat’. Nick Lowles, UAF/SWP et al don’t of course play up the threat of the EDL, do they? Of course they do! These people live and breathe anti-racism and anti-fascism. It gives meaning to their lives. It focuses the Struggle. It radicalises. It furthers the Revolution. It provides new student recruits. But most importantly of all, for Nick Lowles, it provides a good career and a steady and secure income. And who would begrudge poor Nick Lowles a job? Not only that. Lowles, or one of his mates, has proved beyond any shadow of a leftist doubt that Tommy Robinson has ‘far-right links’. And no one would ever accuse Trotskyist/Communist organisations of lying or distorting things in order to further the Cause or to defeat an evil enemy like the EDL.

  • Paul of Alexandria

    Who founded HnH?

    • Juniper Desert

      The Socialist Workers Party, alternatively known as the National Socialist Workers Party of Britain. Fascist thugs who are the useful idiots for islam.

      • Paul of Alexandria

        Oh, Ok. Thanks. I wonder what their justification is?

        • EscapeVelocity

          Nick Lowles, a far Leftist

          There justification is that they are fighting racists and fascists…and protecting vulnerable minorities from them.

  • mtnhikerdude

    Insanity is becoming the soup de jour .

  • Juniper Desert

    A drug dealing, dope-brained commie with the right connections became president of the United States, protected by powerful interests. Muslims are here to control the population as we become slaves to the hidden hegemons, working to keep them in power.

  • tyke007

    the situation here in the UK is incredibly frustrating. What is often pointed out, and why I have come over to the conservative side after being a brainwashed lefty my entire life, is that we have never had to defend our freedom and simply take it for granted. I think if most lefties my generation thought about this they would also become conservative. They cannot possibly conceive the idea that we could lose our way of life because they see our way of life as inherently flawed and in need of fixing anyway, in short, they want to fix things and make the world better, blinding them to the reality that it could be so much worse. They completely mis- understand conservativism and see it as a negative archaic force and the reason why we are ‘hated’ all over the world. The idea is that if the west becomes left wing, we will be safe and loved. It is like a religion. From the arguments I have with intellectual lefties, they know exactly the threat of Islam but feel A) Muslims in the west will reform themselves after being exposed to lovely lefty western values, and B) That by constantly pointing out the negative aspects of Islam,( over breeding, not assimilating, superiority complex etc), we are treating them like we did the Jews in the 30s.
    I know these arguments don’t hold water, but they are entrenched in the belief system here. Also important, is the fact that us Brits don’t like talking about difficult issues and prefer to stay in denial rather than face unpleasant truths.

    • LolKatzen

      I had a similar experience of being a lifelong leftist but reading around after 9/11 started to change that. And the situation is deteriorating.

      The more that people realize the left is covering up for really hateful Muslim extremism, the more the left is frantically attacking those who try to expose it.

  • bj affordable

    George Orwell was a prophet. He was right on the money. Not just in regard to England, but the whole world.

    As Winston wrote; ‘Down with big brother’

    ‘Down with big brother’

    ‘Down with big brother’

    ‘Down with big brother’

    All down the page.
    Let the telescreen (internet) see this. I don’t care anymore.

  • Rostis

    My, but how all these endless “not-s” are nauseatingly boring: “Hope not Hate” in Britain, “Work not Riots” in my Russia, “Make Love not War” in your States… My friends say that it was Hermann Goering who started this business of public preferences’ dictate with his ill-famous “Guns before Butter” slogan. It’s possible to say that Herr Goering was quite honest about the Nazi expectations of German eaters’ behavior, however he wasn’t equally honest about his own personal preferences: the Reichsmarshall’s uniform was always bursting with a huge excess of butter inside! Just as the British “hopers” were always bursting with huge excess of hate, our Russian “workers” were always bursting with Government-paid huge parasitism and your “make-lovers” were bursting with ever-present militancy. Hypocrisy is their common name, from guns-collecting/butter-devouring Goering to Daily Mirror’s hopeless/hateful team! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  • tokoloshiman

    This is a really good article.
    Just goes to show how moronic and credulous the world has become and how adept the left wing liberal progressives are at leading most people by the noses
    down a path to to self destruction.
    The inversion of facts and the overriding ability to stifle debate gives the left and its media lap dogs the upper hand.
    Maybe reporters today are too lazy to seek facts or they are just keen to hang on to their jobs, because if you veer away from the set playbook , you are considered radical yourself.
    Free speech has taken a leap right out of the hearts and minds of the very people who invented the concept.
    Fear rules the day instead.

  • OfficialPro

    watch Obummer appropriate it into “Hope and Change Not Hate”

  • EscapeVelocity

    In other words, Hope Not Hate is The Southern Poverty Law Center redux.

  • asa2222

    Check out their homepage. It has a picture of Geller and Spencer with “BANNED” across it in giant red letters. I guess that’s what they mean by “celebrating diversity.”

    • defcon 4

      What’s hilarious is that all islam0-nazi states are about the most monolithic, intolerant and xenophobic states on earth today.

  • therealpm

    Hate not hope are just another bunch of Trotskyite thugs who enjoy throwing bricks and bottles at children, as they did in Brighton last year. They’re the sort of mindless zombies that celebrities and politicians seem to associate with today.

    • russedav

      “They’re the sort of mindless zombies that celebrities and politicians seem to associate with today.” Not associate with, are.

  • Rostis

    Yesterday I’ve made via Disqus the following commentary (there were 12 of them under the article then):

    “My, but how all these endless “not-s” are nauseatingly boring: “Hope not Hate” in Britain, “Work not Riots” in my Russia, “Make Love not War” in your States… My friends say that it was Hermann Goering who started this business of public preferences’ dictate with his ill-famous “Guns before Butter” slogan. It’s possible to say that Herr Goering was quite honest about the Nazi expectations of German eaters’ behavior, however he wasn’t equally honest about his own personal preferences: the Reichsmarshall’s uniform was always bursting with a huge excess of butter inside! Just as the British “hopers” were always bursting with huge excess of hate, our Russian “workers” were always bursting with Government-paid huge parasitism and your “make-lovers” were bursting with ever-present militancy. Hypocrisy is their common name, from guns-collecting/butter-devouring Goering to Daily Mirror’s hopeless/hateful team! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia”.

    There was the familiar announcement about my comment being processed by censorship (“moderated”, that is, in the modern PC doublespeak), and – and nothing. Now there are 19 commentaries there, but mine is not among them. I’d like very much to know: why? Not to argue, of course, but to understand the logic of your censorship (if it exists, naturally). If it doesn’t exist, I’ll simply quit any commenting – there is no pleasure in being a nuisance.

  • Newspaniard

    Free speech is still free speech. Who has the right to say “NO”?

    • russedav

      Free speech isn’t free, and sadly most don’t have the backbone to exercise it and most are so infantile they stupidly think it means the right not to be “offended,” sadly proving the “useful idiots” of the west are no longer capable of self-government, the inevitable result of rejecting God revealed in Jesus Christ on Whom Western Civilization was founded and from Whom it has fallen in turning back to the pre-Christian barbarism whence He saved it. America’s Founders warned and promised such derangement was certain suicide. The current diseased Christophobia and the ironic & contradictory simultaneous homophylia & Islamophylia is a certain death sentence. God save us, for only He can.

  • knowshistory

    “The “report’s” release was timed to coincide with the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, for its whole point was to link the Norwegian mass murderer with the several dozen people around the world (myself included) who were included in the report’s list of critics of Islam – the idea being that those critics were purveyors of hate, pure and simple, and that Breivik’s killing spree was a natural consequence of their vile rhetoric.”
    it seems that it is impossible for the dhimmedia to consider the possibility that breivik’s killing spree was a natural consequence of seeing liberal fools surrender his homeland to invading genocidal maniacs. no, breivik must have been a consequence of the logical arguments of true patriots, not the observations of his own eyes. breivik’s resistance to rape and genocide at the hands of the new nobility, muslims, must be punished, while criminal invaders, who rape, rob, abuse, and plot the genocide of the indigenous population, must be rewarded by your adulation, worship, respect, protection, and above all, that critically important welfare check. muslims, the new nobility, after all, cannot be expected to work. they have more important things to do down at the mosque, where they are forging the chains of your slavery, and salivating over the prospect of all those white children they will rape when they become the all powerful majority. so lets blather some more about islamophobia, while our muslim nobility plans for our future. it will be a future that does not include you, infidel dogs. your granddaughters will survive, as sex toys of vile disgusting muslim letchers, but you wont be around to object. now, we were apologizing for our rampant islamophobia………….

  • David

    as any fule kno ; the marxist and the jihadist co-operate because they both think the other is ‘ the useful idiot ‘. Hate not hope just happens to be where the two meet most often – usually to indulge in a bit of casual rioting. What is more worrying is why virtually all ( and not just the left wing ) media outlets swallow their agitprop hook line and sinker and why the Police stand by and let them trash British towns and cities

  • V Hale

    ‘Liberal Conspiracy’ is a left-wing website, not a classical liberal one.

  • maya

    Internet commentator Pat Condell spoke about this recently.

    Go to YT and search for his video, “Our crippling fear of the truth.”

  • Matthias

    While we don’t have a Hope not Hate organisation here in Australia, we are having all the same problems with Muslims in Australia. Where in the world is there a country, that has a high Muslim population, that is not run by despots, has continual infighting and/or desperately poor or oppressed people?