The following article is from the EDL website. It illustrates of another case of the political left trying to bully people who do not share its views into silence. Is it any wonder that Communism caused such misery to so many for so long:
EDL Spokesman Guramit Singh Responds to the Sikh Left
A few days ago, to my amazement, the Left-wing group ‘Sikhs Against the EDL’ attempted to blackmail me. This Islam-apologist organisation (which in no way represents the views of British Sikhs) demanded that I publicly denounce the English Defence League before the holy Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.
Who do they think they are to be making such an ultimatum?
The festival of Vaisakhi marks the birth of the Khalsa (the collective body of Sikhs), and was established by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, a man that all Sikhs know defended oppressed people from the evils of militant Islam, and fought for many of the freedoms that people of all religions enjoy today. Sound familiar?
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is also famed for having written a letter to the Mughal Emperor Aurengzebe, one of the cruelest dictators in Indian history, in which he criticises the Muslim warlord for breaking oaths that he had sworn upon the Quran. The British author Karen Armstrong describes Aurengzebe as having a “murderous hatred of Muslim ‘heretics’ as well as adherents of other faiths.” He imposed the jizyah tax on non-Muslims, and began a campaign to destroy Hindu temples across the empire.
My forefathers battled against this Islam-inspired intolerance, and Sikhs played a large part in causing the downfall of the Mughal Empire. So I am rightly proud of my faith and its glorious history.
Although I am not a practicing Sikh myself, I consider Guru Granth Sahib Ji to be my Guru. This religion has taught me a lot, and continues to be an inspiration to me.
But some people seem to have a problem with that. I’ve been attacked and insulted by a variety of unpleasant characters. This includes some individuals who tried (and failed) to align themselves with the EDL, various groups of national socialists who don’t appreciate that the EDL does not support their warped forms of nationalism, and the usual far-Left Islam-apologists.
I really don’t pay that much attention to the vicious personal gossip that is spread about me by the UAF and co, because I don’t have time to waste on organisations that are built on nothing but lies. They don’t deserve my attention. But when this rubbish is being spread by fellow Sikhs and could potentially affect my family life, I do feel that I must act – that I must make my position clear.
Sikhs Against the EDL have done nothing but attack me. They have held up placards calling me a ‘skinhead’ and say that I should be locked up. I’m not a skin head, I’ve just gone bald – it happens. And if they believe that anyone that says anything they disagree with should be locked up, how far away are they from those Muslim extremists who (between burning poppies and insulting British soldiers) find time to call for an Islamic state?
Freedom of speech is important, and I won’t let these people try to blackmail me into silence. They’ve even threatened that they will go the Sikh Governing body at Amritsar, and to the Jathadar of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, to ask that I am excommunicated from the Sikh Panth. This basically means that they are threatening to try and get me kicked out of the Sikh religion. Since when did people lose the right to belong to whichever religion they choose?
I’ve not committed any sin. I’ve not attacked these people, or caused harm to any other Sikhs. I consider myself a sevadar (servant) of the Sikh Nation as well as being a passionate Brit. I am standing up for what is right, and I’m shocked that fellow Sikhs would want to attack me for that.
I want to send them a clear message. Don’t bother waiting for Vaisakhi. Go and put your false allegations in to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib now, just like you have been doing to other Sikh organisations in this country. Tell them your lies – tell them that I’m a racist, or a Nazi – because I refuse to denounce the EDL.
All we are doing is defending our communities, defending our brothers and sisters, and defending this country from militant Muslims and their 7th century form of Islam. In doing so we’re making a stand against an ideology that supports racism, paedophilia, rape, murder, oppression, intolerance and warmongering.
I could go on forever. And the evidence I have for these accusations are the words and actions of those Muslims who continue to support and commit these terrible things, and the content of the Islamic scripture that inspires them.
Sri Akal Takhat Sahib will give me the opportunity to state my case. If Sikhs Against the EDL do go ahead with their farce of an excommunication application, I know that I have friends and colleagues both inside and outside of the Sikh community that will help me reveal the truth.
My religion teaches that the truth will always prevail. And that’s something that I really believe.
Blackmail and vicious ultimatums will not work with me. I’m proud to be a member of the EDL and, in case you hadn’t heard…
We never surrender!
The EDL have many Sikh members who are utterly repulsed and offended by the actions of a small number of their co-religionists. An attack on Guramit is also an attack on other Sikh EDL members!