An undercover investigation by the BBC Scotland found that a military charity which raises funds for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was selling anti-Islamic and Nazi-themed items.
According to the report, the founder of 1st Knight Military Charity, Andy Linihan, was selling a Velcro badge which is designed to be placed on uniforms or baseball caps. Underneath the picture of an assault rifle were the words “72 Virgins Express”, which meant, according to Linihan, the shooting of suicide bombers. One T-shirt had a picture of two naked women, a pint of beer and a pig. It read: ‘Pork-eating, beer-drinking, womanising infidel’. The charity volunteer explained:
“They’re not allowed to eat it are they? These Muslims. Pork-eating, beer-drinking – basically it’s against their religion. Womanising – they’re not allowed to womanise, are they? And yet they call us infidels.”
Other merchandise included Nazi-themed T-shirts and hooded jumpers emblazoned with neo-Nazi emblems.
The dangerous concoction of dehumanisation of Muslims and neo-Nazi support smacks of the disturbingly widespread anti-Muslim/fascist movements in the US, presently courted by the likes of Donald Trump and associated neoconservatives. When Trump advocated discriminatory policies targeting the Muslim minority by calling for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the US, it garnered support from neo-Nazi white supremacists. Further fanning the white supremacist flames in a disturbingly militarised context, Trump claimed a US General had killed Muslims with bullets dipped in pig’s blood during the Moro rebellion in the Philippines.
The themes of “infidel” and pork as a way of dehumanising Muslims feature prominently in the US Army crusader subculture, with online shops having been set up in the US for years selling the types of merchandise secretly sold by 1st Knight Military Charity.
The fact remains that these anti-Islam, “Counter-Jihad” sentiments that inspired Anders Behring Breivik, are shared amongst some in society. The t-shirts can be brought from Amazon in the UK through an outlet called Kombat UK, whilst Amazon lists the specific T-shirt highlighted in the investigation as its “best selling item”.
Another website, cafeexpress.co.uk, sells far-right “counter-Jihad” t-shirts, with one have the words “All Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists are Muslim” printed on it:
UK-based Counter-Jihad website, Fahrenheit211, also catalogues similar products. Among the T-shirts celebrating World War I and Israeli independence, are those with “Infidel Nations”, “No Jihad Here”, “Britain loves infidels” printed on them. The website promotes and praises neocon hate preacher Douglas Murray.
Will there be coverage by the Times, Spectator, Telegraph and the Daily Mail exploring how one trustee, Peter Kinchet, is a retired army veteran, which raises the question as to whether these anti-Islam and Muslim tropes which associate with the Counter-Jihad movement permeate the British Army? According to the BBC, former veterans also raised funds for the charity, indicating towards a possibility that such attitudes are tolerated within the Army too. Another trustee, Dennis Smith, is retired from the US Airforce. Does he have links to the US anti-Muslim crusader sub-culture mentioned above?
Rockwood Academy, formerly Park View Academy, in Birmingham, is being subjected to militarised counter-extremism indoctrination using the Army. Will the school now ensure that the Combined Cadet Force programme is not infected with this poisonous ideology of neoconservative/far-right extremism? It seems disturbing that an institution being used to counter “extremism” may be affected by this pernicious supremacist thinking.
Will the neocon William Shawcross’ Charity Commission come crashing down on the charity and issue fearmongering propaganda through his friends like Michael Gove, Douglas Murray and Andrew Gilligan and perhaps explain to the press that “far-right extremism” and charities is not “the most widespread problem we face in terms of abuse of charities, but is potentially the most deadly. And it is, alas, growing.”
Furthermore, will these neocons also advocate PREVENT indoctrination of white children in schools with high concentrations of white pupils by highlighting this “extremism”, and suggest the removal of children from parents for fear of being subjected to child abuse of the “extremist” kind? Perhaps Muslims could go into these white, mainly Christian schools and explain to them how the extremism connected to their faith and nationalism must be challenged in their communities and on the internet. And when there is backlash against what is draconian collective punishment, white Christian counter-extremists can be paid to front the task.
Will this happen?
Earlier this year, David Cameron was exposed for having consultative ties with the bigoted, Islam-hating, fraudulent neoconservative Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Britain’s own counter-extremism strategy. Hirsi of course believes that Islam should be crushed “militarily”. Michael Gove too was caught having a racist mug which more bluntly represented his views on Islam, usually decorated by the smokescreen of “Islamist” and “Jihadist” rhetoric. It said,
“Jihad?! I’ll give you jihad you miserable, rag-headed, heathen b*****s!”
As I demonstrated back then, such mugs were being sold on American websites for racist redneck consumption as far back as 2007.
Muslims therefore know that full spectrum assaults involving varying government institutions are reserved only for Muslims in Britain. The BBC article which covered the investigation achieved a feat in actually publishing the findings. However contrary to its coverage of Muslims, not a single instance of the word “extremism” could be found in the article. This provides for an apt indication to the deeply entrenched discriminatory attitudes towards the Muslim minority.