BNP Leader Affirms: Islam 'Wicked' Faith
Report; Posted on: 2004-07-15 21:12:13
BNP leader Griffin refuses to embrace homicidal Muslims
British National Party leader Nick Griffin was unrepentant after being filmed by the BBC attacking Islam as a "vicious wicked faith".
In an interview, he refused to say sorry and said the "Islamification" of the West had partly happened by rape.
But he did apologise for comments made by other BNP activists shown on BBC documentary The Secret Agent, broadcast on Thursday, showing drunks "confessing" to "race crimes." Three of them have been expelled from the party, Griffin said.
Reporter Jason Gwynne spent six months infiltrating the BNP's West Yorkshire branch with the help of a former local organiser who was working for the UK's ADL/SPLC equivalents.
In the 'documentary,' footage recorded at a meeting in Keighley shows Griffin warning the audience to "stand up" to Muslims.
Griffin said Islam "has expanded through a handful of cranky lunatics" and "is now sweeping country after country".
Speaking to BBC's Newsnight, he refused to apologise for his comments and continued to attack Islam.
Asked whether he thought Islam had expanded due to rape, a theory he had previously stated, he said: "It's one of the ways in which it's expanded, it's also expanded as the Koran tells its followers to do so -- it's expanded at the point of the sword."
He added: "You give me 20 minutes or an hour -- a special programme to dissect the Koran and I will show you that we have a monster in our midst."
Mr Griffin accused the BBC of selective editing in the documentary and said his full speech had discouraged attacks on communities.
West Yorkshire Police are investigating the footage.
One BNP member allegedly drunk on BBC-purchased alcohol told Mr Gwynne how he kicked and punched a man during the 2001 Bradford riots.
Another drunk said he wanted to "blow up" Bradford's mosques with a rocket launcher. (As if 'rocket launchers' are common currency! For shame that the BBC would broadcast such idiocy!)
And BNP council candidate Dave Midgley, who Griffin alleges was working against the BNP, is shown saying he squirted dog excrement through the letterbox of an Asian takeaway.
Mr Griffin told Newsnight he was appalled by the comments and said: "There's no defence at all for what those people said."
Three party members have been expelled and a fourth is facing an internal disciplinary tribunal, he said.
But Griffin also accused Mr Gwynne of provoking the men into saying these things--a claim denied by the programme makers.
Muslim groups said they were shocked but not surprised by the BNP's comments.
Earlier this month, Home Secretary David Blunkett unveiled plans to make inciting religious hatred a criminal offence.
In parliament the BNP was dubbed a party of "vile Nazis and thugs" by Commons Leader Peter Hain, amid condemnation from all parties, who are afraid of facing the electoral conequences of their own policies.
The BNP gathered around 1 million votes in recent elections.
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