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EDLers ♥ Breivik

Supporters of and apologists for the vile English Defence League have an unfortunate habit of turning up in the comments boxes every time we post about the EDL. But I want to note the disgusting reaction of some EDL members to the conviction and sentencing of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik:

…Breivik admirer, Nick Greger – who, along with EDL founder member Paul Ray, runs Order 777, which claims to bring together Christian resistance movements – wrote on Facebook that the Norwegian deserved a medal “for the groundbreaking performance to blow up his Marxist traitor government building”.

Greger, a German former neo-Nazi, lives in Malta as does Ray, who reportedly fled the UK fearing arrest for inciting racial hatred.

Several EDL members also appear to offer support for Breivik, including Joel Yossi, a member of the EDL’s Jewish division, who revealed that he had been writing to Breivik, who will be detained in Ila prison just outside Oslo for at least 21 years. Yossi wrote: “I have wrote letters to him in prison and he seems he is in high spirits.”

The EDL leader, Stephen Lennon, has said that although Breivik’s killings were “obviously wrong”, the court has helped to legitimise his motives. Lennon states: “By saying that he was sane, it gives a certain credibility to what he had been saying. And that is that Islam is a threat to Europe and to the rest of the world.” The EDL, with whom Breivik said he had links, says it is non-violent and opposed only to Islamic extremism.

The Mirror reports that Breivik gets thousands of fan letters a month.

(Hat tip: Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)