UKIP’s new leader – the sixth in three years – targets the Koran

UKIP’s new leader – the sixth in three years – targets the Koran August 14, 2019
Image via Sky News/YouTube

THE United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which finished last in this month’s Brecon and Radnorshire by-election – gaining fewer votes than the Monster Raving Loony Party – has found a new far-right zealot to lead it: Richard Braine, above.

Like his predecessors, Braine is a barmy Brexit clown who thinks that the public distribution of the Koran should be “limited” because of its potential to “incite violence”. Note: significantly, no mention was made of the Bible in an interview he gave to Sky News.

His attack on Islam’s holy book drew a sharp response from the the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).  A spokesman for the organisation said:

UKIP’s continued descent into even greater depths of bigotry is only matched by its growing irrelevance and obscurity. Virulent Islamophobia was not a successful tactic under the previous UKIP leadership, and will not be this time. Our nation knows better.

Braine told Sky News the UK should “look into” whether to ban people handing out the Koran in public. Asked whether he believed the distribution of the Koran in public should be outlawed, Braine said:

We need to look into whether it’s illegal to do so because we do have laws against incitement to violence, so we should look into that. I understand there’s something like a 100-year threshold where, if a work is more than 100 years old, it isn’t subject to incitement laws.

But I think that’s worth looking at because there’s no question that some people who commit violence are motivated by the scripture.

He stressed he was “not saying” the Koran should be banned completely, but drew a comparison between Islam and the Scientology movement.

It’s important to analyse why people behave the way they do – if religions or cults are actually encouraging people to do bad things then we should be able to talk about that and look at it carefully and actually see if there’s a solution to stop people just answering the demands or the commands to go and be violent.

Braine is reported to have made similar comments about the Koran at a recent hustings event for UKIP members.

According to the Guardian, the software developer and photographer also claimed that British Islam has particular problems with bigamy and welfare abuse, and referred to the jailed anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson as a “political prisoner”.

The newspaper also reported  that Braine branded Islam an “alien ideology” and suggested there were areas of the UK where “you’re simply not welcome” as a non-Islamic person.

A UKIP spokesman told Sky News it was neither the party nor Braine’s policy to ban the distribution of the Koran in public.

Braine replaced his political ally Gerard Batten as UKIP leader, whose term in charge ended shortly after the EU elections in which the party lost all its MEPs.

Batten attempted to stand as a candidate in the subsequent leadership contest but was barred by UKIP’s ruling body from seeking re-election.

Batten, left, and Robinson. Images via YouTube.

As well as UKIP’s poor electoral performance, Batten’s spell as leader was also marked by a mass exodus of leading figures following his decision to employ Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) as an adviser.

Batten, who supported Braine’s candidacy, has himself described Islam as a “death cult” but repeatedly insisted that UKIP was “not anti-Muslim.”

Hat tip: BarrieJohn.

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  • Eric Jameson

    The Old Testament part of the Bible does contain threats of violence against certain groups; however as Geert Wilders once said “the OT was followed by the more moderate New Testament”. That is where we read of the grace of God freely offered to all who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus.

  • Broga

    “the grace of God freely offered to all who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus.”

    The Old Testament is conveniently to be ignored, is it? Why should the New Testament have any more validity than the Old Testament?

    What happens to those who died before Jesus was born? What about all the Muslims and believers in other religions, or none, who are not Christians and don’t believe in Jesus? Do they end up in hell? What is meant by “the grace of God?” What is meant by “sins”?

    What is meant by God? Would you define that word, please?

    I recently watched a programme on the cosmos where an astronomer talked about the billions (now thought to be more than three billion) stars “smeared” across the Milky Way. Then about the billions of other galaxies. God was never mentioned. Why would a God regard humans, busily trashing his world, as of prime importance to him.

    Humanity: “A group of biological organisms clinging temporarily to a mote of dust in a vast cosmos.”

  • zenlike

    “Believe or burn” is only “moderate” in the eyes of extremists. Like extremists who see no issues with quoting fascists like Wilders.

  • Raging Bee

    Yeah, and a LOT of the people who claim to follow “the more moderate New Testament” can’t seem to let go of the Old Testament’s violent, authoritarian extremism. Why do you think they still include the Old Testament as part of the book they call “The Holy Bible?”

  • Jennny

    Sir, with respect you’re gonna find yourself easily outclassed by trolling us here. You make the common mistake of your kind, viz that we are too ignorant, too stupid to see The Truth and it behoves you to tell us cos no one has done that before you came along. In fact, many of us here are ex-x-tians who studied theology and have qualifications in biblical subjects and then realised…some of us with absolute horror…that, though we were True X-tians, we were following a load of fictitious balderdash. Personally, I’m a sensitive soul, I hate violence. I think if I’d been born into a country that needed me to fight for it, I’d have been a pacifist….so it’s a great relief to me not to have to tie myself in knots anymore excusing the barbarity, the genocide and hatred your ”loving god” is, in both testaments.
    P.S. UKIP is a laughing stock here…as are the antics of Farage, their leader/not leader/leader/not leader. If he and the other obnoxious members were to convert…don’t think it would improve their distorted brains or make them any more credible in the eyes of most of us in the Uk. We’d just go on laughing at them for yet another ridiculous pronouncement.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    This particular troll did not have enough courage to answer this – he just throws crapnuggets into the punchbowl and runs away.

  • Jennny

    I missed that, though I read this blog…yet another drive-by troll who thinks he only has to say jesus-saves and you’re-all-too-hateful-and-stupid-to-know-anything-about-the-bible and bingo..lashings of brownie points for him when he reaches the throne…he was responsible for bringing lots of us poor benighted heathens to glory!!!! (I used to live in that sort of fundy bubble myself, mea culpa!)

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    As an escapee from the JW I know what you mean you gave a witness weather any one listened or not then you got bragging rights do it often enough tell enough and you are looked up to

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