This is a cross-post of a letter by Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate
Dear Home Secretary,
In early February the Florida-based Pastor Terry Jones intends to travel to the United Kingdom to address an English Defence League rally in Luton. His anti-Muslim views made international news in early autumn when he proposed making the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack an “International Burn a Koran Day”. This brought international condemnation and eventually he was forced to back down.
Now Pastor Jones wants to give a speech attacking Islam at an EDL rally in Luton. The EDL emerged in Luton in May 2009 and its first demonstration ended with 250 people going on the rampage through a predominantly Asian area of the town. Since then it has become a national organisation and is the single biggest threat to social cohesion in this country today.
Pastor Terry Jones’s presence in Luton will be incendiary and highly dangerous. He will attract and encourage thousands of EDL supporters to take to the streets, and cause concern and fear among Muslims across the country. Only extremists will benefit from his visit and, as we know, extremism breeds hatred and hatred breeds violence. For these reasons we are asking you to prevent Pastor Terry Jones from entering the UK.
HOPE not hate