Christians and supporters of traditional British freedom have expressed grave concern over the decision of Norwich City Council to throw a Christian congregation out of a community centre and to ban missionaries from the Norwich Reformed Church from having a stall in the city's historic marketplace.
The Labour-run council launched its campaign of petty persecution against the Rev. Alan Clifford and his flock after a radical Muslim complained about a pamphlet which he had picked up from the church's outreach stall, which he had approached after getting into an argument with two members of the public standing nearby.
The pamphlet, entitled 'Why Not Islam', explains - in reasonable and educated terms, some of the basic, inconvenient truths about Islam
In one section, headed 'Why the West must shun Islam', it points out that: 'Western governments are failing to face reality. The distinction between moderate and militant Islam misses the point that the religion itself is the source of the problem. Indeed, no other religion on earth can claim to match the violence of the Islamic agenda. Seemingly benign Muslim communities will always be breeding grounds from which their more militant members can recruit jihadists.'
Dr. Clifford goes on to contrast the lives and teachings of Jesus Christ and Mohammad, and to urge Christians to strive to convert Muslims.
On hearing of this latest leftist attack on Christianity on behalf of Islam, Nick Griffin emailed Dr. Clifford, offering advice on how to respond.
Mr. Griffin pointed out that he remembers various key figures in today's Norwich Labour party from when they used to try to sell Socialist Worker Party papers on the market place every Saturday. Only later did they realise that they would make more progress pushing their anti-British, anti-Christian agenda by stealth through hijacking the Labour party.
Right to free speech
"I have also told Dr. Clifford that he and his supporters have the right, both in English Common Law and under Human Rights legislation to propagate their religious and philosophical beliefs, regardless of any bullying bluster to the contrary from a gaggle of aging neo-Marxist thugs on Norwich Council.
"While the council can stop them having a proper market stall and selling items such as Bibles or DVDs, they are fortunately absolutely powerless to stop Christians from setting up a table top operation of their own and using it to give away pamphlets and other material that spreads the Word.
"It's important that they do stand up for their rights. While the staunchly Protestant conclusion of the pamphlet won't please everybody, Dr. Clifford's analysis is 100% accurate in its description of some of the key problems that Islam poses our society."
We urge readers to study the 'offending' pamphlet, which is reproduced below. Critics will search in vain for anything that can possibly be regarded as 'hate-motivated in relation to religious belief,' as alleged by Norwich City Council's well-paid Head of law and governance. You will, however, find a set of home truths that should be posted on the church door of every Islamophile priest in the land.
Unequal before the law
The council's letter also deserves careful reading. Take particular note of the extract from the Equality Act 2010 about the public sector duty to "foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
"This sinister piece of Orwellian phraseology in itself provides confirmation of the accuracy of the Why Not Islam pamphlet, in which Dr. Clifford refers to the British people coming to live in 'a state of dhimmitude or second class citizenship.'
"What more accurate description could there be for a so-called 'Equality' law which blatantly makes Muslims the protected favourites of an institutionally biased police force and judicial system, and relegates indigenous Christian Brits to the category of 'those who do not' enjoy such preferential status and treatment?" Mr. Griffin continued.
"I hope that my advice - which is based on long experience of resisting the unlawful harassment of nationalist activities by Labour councillors and politically correct neo-Marxist social engineers disguised as police officers - is useful to the good folk of the Norwich Reformed Church.
"While their efforts and concerns are totally non-political, and the British National Party is a staunch defender of the British principle of the separation of Church and State, we also understand the central position of Christianity at the very heart of British culture, society and democratic freedom. As such, while we and Dr. Clifford have our differences, we share a common enemy in the jumped-up would-be Commissars of Norwich Labour Party.
"The Rev. Clifford may well favour turning the other cheek. Personally, I pray for the day when enough people rise up against them to make their lives hell for what they do to good, kind people like those in the Norwich Reformed Church, and for what they have done to our poor country."