EDL’s “Sikh” spokesman Guramit Singh faces excommunication by global Sikh authorities


by Jai
4th April, 2011 at 9:00 am    

Further to the recent joint statement by multiple British Sikh and Hindu groups condemning the English Defence League (EDL) and any Sikhs who support them, the EDL’s “Sikh” spokesman Guramit Singh has been given an ultimatum by the Sikh signatories involved: He must publicly renounce the EDL by the end of the major Sikh festival of Vaisakhi on 14 April 2011.

Failure to do so will result in the matter being formally escalated directly to the most senior global Sikh authorities at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, India, who will be requested to issue an excommunication order to permanently expel Guramit Singh from the worldwide Sikh faith. As an ultimate sanction, this could result in him being formally declared a pariah to be ostracised by the world’s entire Sikh population, including being formally stripped of his right to be called a Sikh, along with being permanently banned from every Sikh temple in the world.

As confirmed by the extensive list of signatories involved, this action is endorsed by the British Sikh population, including numerous influential Sikh temples & organisations across the United Kingdom, particularly in London and Birmingham. This includes the two largest Sikh temples outside India — one of which involves the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, which was given an award last year by the Queen for its exceptional humanitarian activities and is run by “Bhai Sahib” Mohinder Singh, one of the most senior and respected Sikh figures outside India. Bhai Sahib was previously discussed on Pickled Politics here and here, and has been involved in interfaith bridge-building activities on an international scale, including efforts to counteract the increasing bigotry towards ordinary Muslims in Britain in recent years. Bhai Sahib was also responsible for escorting the Queen around the Golden Temple during her visit to Amritsar in the late 1990s.

In complete violation of core Sikh tenets, Guramit Singh has been heavily involved in the EDL’s persecution of ordinary Muslims en masse whilst explicitly representing himself as a Sikh and claiming to be acting in the name of Sikhism, including deliberately modifying & grossly distorting sacred verses by the Sikh Gurus in order to “inspire” EDL members present during his foul-mouthed public speeches demonising Muslims, Islam and the Prophet Mohammad. Guramit Singh’s excommunication would therefore be entirely in line with historical precedents during the time of the Sikh Gurus along with the temporal authority permanently bequeathed to the Khalsa by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. As recently discussed on Pickled Politics, it has also been confirmed that one of the EDL’s founders is a convicted criminal for downloading child pornography, and that the EDL itself has multiple links to international terrorists.

Latest press release

Varinder Singh, an organiser of the ‘Sikhs Against the EDL’ campaign, has issued the following public statement in the campaign’s latest press release:

“The Sikh Community has clearly condemned Guramit Singh’s public actions which are being used as a political stunt by the EDL and thereby bringing the Sikh faith into disrepute. His actions do not reflect the Sikh faith or the community and must be stopped to prevent further damage to inter-faith relations.

We believe because of his influence they carry the Sikh flag on their marches, use Sikh emblem and insignia in their propaganda and make one-sided and inflammatory statements about any past divisions between Sikhs and Muslims, including the Partition.

We will be raising the concerns of our community leaders and will look to appeal to the Jathedar (Leader) of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, for him to formally issue excommunication orders should Guramit Singh decide not to denounce and distance himself from the EDL immediately.”

Examples of propaganda by the EDL’s Guramit “Singh”

As one of the EDL’s most high-profile spokesmen, Guramit Singh has been at the forefront of the EDL’s ongoing attempts to whip up hostility towards Muslims en masse. As previously discussed on Pickled Politics, this includes giving a public speech in December 2010 which contained the following expletive-laden propaganda slandering Islam, the Prophet Mohammad, Muslims and Allah (the video of his speech is available on Youtube):

“I’m going to tell you precisely right now what threat of Islam is. Muhammad and Islam is not a religion… Muhammad was a paedophilic pirate… Islam, in not just this country but around the world, has been using their disgusting threat, their threat has been going on for 1400 years, “if you do not bow before Muhammad and his so-called Allah, you are to be beheaded”… Hitler had fuck all on Muhammad.

The Koran and the Hadiths is written in Arabic. Muslims are not allowed to be taught Arabic in the mosque. Muslims are told, “do not question what your Imam says, although they don’t even know what the Imam’s saying, because the Imam’s just a “Allah, fuck it”. Stick your Allah up your arse, you cunt. Fuck em, fuck em, fuck em. I’m not being funny, fuck em. I may get arrested for this shit, but fuck em, fuck em, I’m not having it, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em.”

As a result of his appearance on the BBC’s Newsnight during a documentary about the EDL in February 2011, Guramit Singh is on record as publicly referring to Islam as “evil” and expressing vehement hostility towards the religion as a whole, not just extremist interpretations of the faith (ie. “militant Islam”).

Due to a speech he gave at an EDL rally in November 2010, Guramit Singh is also on record as publicly attempting to exploit sacred verses by Guru Nanak (the founder of Sikhism) exalting women by first quoting the verses concerned, then deliberately paraphrasing them to change their meaning and connect them to the EDL, and finally engaging in yet another vicious expletive-laden diatribe demonising Britain’s entire Muslim population along with Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.

Due to a BBC Three documentary about the EDL, Guramit Singh is on record as publicly making the following derogatory remarks about Muslims in general during a speech he gave at an EDL rally: “God bless the Muslims…..They’ll need it for when they’re burning in fucking Hell.” The same documentary includes audio footage of Guramit Singh describing how much he hates other South Asians, using explicitly racist language, specifically “I fucking hate the Pakis”.

Some further disturbing video footage of Guramit Singh has recently emerged, this time involving him gleefully screaming extremely foul-mouthed abuse about God directly into the camera, despite the fact that “Allah” is used as a name for God numerous times in the sacred hymns of Sikhism’s Guru Granth Sahib.

Furthermore, as a result of his interview during the BBC Asian Network’s documentary “Who’s afraid of the EDL ?” in December 2010 (in which he also claimed that there is no difference between Islam and “militant Islam”), Guramit Singh is on record as using his Sikh background to justify his hatred of Islam by publicly making the historically & theologically false claim that Sikhs have been trying to “protect the world from Islam for 300-400 years”.

Sikhism’s real stance towards Islam, Muslims and Allah

Given the sheer scale of the demagogue Guramit Singh’s distorted propaganda, readers may wish to refer to the Pickled Politics article about the aforementioned joint statement for a detailed historical & theological overview of Sikhism’s real stance towards Islam, Muslims and Allah. Such as the fact that – for example – the foundation stone of the Golden Temple itself was laid by a Muslim saint upon the invitation of the Sikh Guru at the time, on land granted to the Sikhs by a Muslim emperor. Or the fact that the Sikh Guru who began the process of militarising the Sikhs by raising a standing army also had a mosque built for the Muslim population of the town he’d founded. Or the fact that the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures, includes hundreds of sacred verses originally written by Muslims, along with Islamic names for God such as “Allah”.

In the meantime, the matter was eloquently summarised by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, who compiled the final version of the Guru Granth Sahib; he was also responsible for fully militarising the Sikh population by creating the Khalsa on Vaisakhi in 1699. From the Akal Ustat, by Guru Gobind Singh himself:

“Someone calls himself a Hindu, another a Turk, someone a Shia, another a Sunni. Recognise the whole of humanity as one race……

He the One is the only God of us all: it is His Form, His Light that is diffused in all…..

The temple or the mosque are the same, the Hindu worship or the Muslim prayer are the same; all humans are the same, it is through error they appear different…..it is the one God who created all.

The Hindu God and the Muslim God are the same; let no man even by mistake suppose there is a difference.”

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.


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  1. sunny hundal

    Blogged: : EDL spokesman Guramit Singh given ultimatum: Renounce EDL or face excommunication by global Sikh authorities http://bit.ly/eJkxn8


  2. sunny hundal

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  3. Andy Bean

    #EDL leader to be declared a pariah http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/12279 Nobody wants the racist #EDL


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  5. Bathtubgin

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  6. Counterfire

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  8. Everything EDL

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  9. Roger Thornhill

    When two illiberal groups collide… http://bit.ly/eJkxn8 @sunny_hundal


  10. notnasha d

    RT @sunny_hundal: EDL spokesman Guramit Singh given ultimatum: Renounce EDL or face excommunication by global Sikh http://bit.ly/eJkxn8


  11. Matthew Smith

    Sikhs threaten excommunication & temple ban to Guramit Singh, the EDL's token Sikh: http://bit.ly/dMhhYc


  12. Faith Matters

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  19. Sajini W

    Some excellent news – racist Guramit Singh maybe excommunicated by Sikhism; if only other religions did the same. http://bit.ly/eJkxn8


  20. Turban Campaign » EDL’s Guramit Singh responds to excommunication ultimatum with doublespeak & religious hypocrisy:

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  1. jamal — on 4th April, 2011 at 11:05 am  

    the guy is sadly giving sikh community a bad image, but won’t this ultimatum give him more publicity than he is worth?

    bit of a catch 22 situation condemn him you end up giving him publicity say nothing and he carry’s on spouting hatred with no opposition.

  2. Julie Siddiqi — on 4th April, 2011 at 11:15 am  

    Thanks for a brilliant article- informative and honest.
    We have to come together against the EDL. People like Guramit Singh make me feel physically sick. As Nick Lowles from Hope not Hate said to me recently, to defeat this it requires ‘good people to stand together’. This article shows some of these ‘good people’ and it is heartening and gives me motivation. Thanks!

  3. Rumbold — on 4th April, 2011 at 12:31 pm  

    Excommunication in Roman Catholicism is a fairly clear process because of the clear law and structure of the church- out of interest, from whose authority does the right of excommunication in Sikhism derive? And did the Gurus ever excommunicate anyone?

  4. irrelephant — on 4th April, 2011 at 12:37 pm  

    It’s great that there’s some mechanism for discrediting this mans insinuations that sikhism/sikhs are against muslims and i’m glad that with this move the EDL and the UK has a clear indication that this man’s propaganda contradicts the tenets of the sikh faith.

    I do also feel uneasy about public edicts being issued on behalf of a community by a central organisation. this one i agreed with, and i hope there won’t be a time that i don’t agree.

    still in this case i can’t help but feel releived that theres a clear and reasonable, dare i say it ritcheous message which prevents sikhs from being implicated in this mans stupidity.

  5. irrelephant — on 4th April, 2011 at 12:43 pm  

    @rumbold

    off the top of my head from what i can remember, there is a main central administrative body which rules on issues like this. once upon a time edicts like this would be issued by a group of scholars from the Akal Takht in the golden temple complex.

    In the past people have been excommunicated for serious transgressions however I don’t have any real details on this.

    If anyone has any real details i’d be interested in hearing them as well.

  6. Jai — on 4th April, 2011 at 2:57 pm  

    from whose authority does the right of excommunication in Sikhism derive?

    From Guru Gobind Singh himself, as explicitly mentioned in the article.

    And did the Gurus ever excommunicate anyone?

    Yes, as also explicitly mentioned in the article. For example, Guru Har Rai excommunicated one of his own sons for modifying & misrepresenting sacred verses for political reasons (as the EDL’s Guramit Singh has done), and Guru Gobind Singh excommunicated a number of Sikhs who terrorised & oppressed innocent people whilst in positions of authority and whilst claiming to act in the name of Sikhism (as the EDL’s Guramit Singh is also doing).

  7. Jai — on 4th April, 2011 at 3:01 pm  

    Julie Siddiqi,

    Thanks for a brilliant article- informative and honest.
    We have to come together against the EDL. People like Guramit Singh make me feel physically sick. As Nick Lowles from Hope not Hate said to me recently, to defeat this it requires ‘good people to stand together’. This article shows some of these ‘good people’ and it is heartening and gives me motivation. Thanks!

    Thank you very much for your kind words — greatly appreciated. Please do feel free to bring this article to Nick Lowles’ attention too.

  8. Rumbold — on 4th April, 2011 at 3:26 pm  

    Jai:

    Thanks for expanding on your original points in the article. Can you just clarify something though? As I understand it, the Khalsa is the combined collective of Amritdhari Sikhs (though some Sikhs argue this includes non-Amritdhari Sikhs too). Who then has the authroity to speak on their belhaf, as the SGPC looks after gurdwara in India, and the jathedars are appointed by the SGPC?

  9. Leon — on 4th April, 2011 at 5:51 pm  

    Not sure about the practicalities of this but when it comes to political campaigns the symbol can be the point. Great move by the Turban Campaign etc! I’ve got a lot of time for the guys behind it, think they’re doing something of real value, long may it continue.:D

  10. Mark Anders — on 4th April, 2011 at 6:32 pm  

    Well written and an interesting topic indeed, but is this wishful thinking on the part of politically minded Sikh’s and steered by Left wing political extremism?. However I have not seen anything where you make such statements against Extreme Islamists as well and this may be seen as a one sided attack on Guramit, which will give him more publicity that will be churned up and used by the EDL! I seriously think you should of expanded on this topic and included some information on the extremists of Islam, who are also part of the problem in English society and stop integration of all cultures in our multi ethnic society.

  11. Don — on 4th April, 2011 at 6:41 pm  

    #10

    AFAIK the EDL has not attracted any Extreme Islamists to its ranks. That would be puzzling if it did happen.

    I think you may have missed the point, either by accident or design.

  12. Baldeep — on 4th April, 2011 at 8:20 pm  

    Guramit is an absolute moron. Here we were thinking that the next generation of Sikhs will stand up for good causes which strengthens our communities.

    It doesn’t take a genius to see that the EDL is not in line with Sikh teachings. Infact, quite the opposite!

    For any EDL that gives the nonsense ‘We’re not racist’ – explain to me this image:
    http://turbancampaign.com/edl/multimedia/edl-dudley-235604923.jpg

    Or explain to me this image:
    http://turbancampaign.com/edl/multimedia/edl-on-train-intimidate-woman.jpg

    Is this how you intend on fighting ‘militant Islam’?

  13. Jai — on 5th April, 2011 at 9:38 am  

    I think you may have missed the point, either by accident or design.

    Indeed, not least when one bears in mind the fact that numerous PP articles previously written by me do go into extensive detail condemning both modern-day and historical Islamist extremists, including PP articles available via the main article above and via the previous piece discussing the joint statement by British Sikh and Hindu groups.

  14. Kismet Hardy — on 5th April, 2011 at 12:05 pm  

    The EDL need to find themselves a hare krishna mascot. They already have the shaven heads and unintelligible ramblings…

  15. douglas clark — on 5th April, 2011 at 1:41 pm  

    Mark Anders @ 10,

    I think Jai is one of the fairest people that writes here. And, I think, I have probably read almost everything he has had to say. He is, IMHO, always worth reading.

    You really haven’t hung around here very long, have you?

    ;-)

  16. Suzy — on 5th April, 2011 at 5:36 pm  

    the guy is sadly giving sikh community a bad image

    Only if you are a stupid bigoted moron who thinks the thoughts and actions of one person reflect on others collectively.

  17. Jai (Update) — on 8th April, 2011 at 11:40 am  

    I have updated the article to include a clip from a BBC Three documentary which includes audio footage of Guramit Singh referring to other South Asians as “Pakis” and expressing how much he hates them, along with video footage of a speech at an EDL rally where Guramit Singh demonised Muslims en masse by stating “God bless the Muslims…..They’ll need it for when they’re burning in f***** Hell”.

  18. Julie Siddiqi — on 13th April, 2011 at 9:29 am  

    Jai:
    “Thank you very much for your kind words — greatly appreciated. Please do feel free to bring this article to Nick Lowles’ attention too”

    I actually got the link to your article originally from the Hope Not Hate facebook page so Nick will be aware.
    I would encourage all to join the HnH campaign – they are doing some fantastic work up and down the country against the BNP, EDL etc.
    (see http://www.hopenothate.org.uk).

    Also, Jai, do keep us posted on the outcome of all this. What has Guramit decided to do??

    This is not a Sikh v Muslim issue – let’s not make it become so. This is time for all good people to stand up, to work together, to route out all extremists and expose them for what they are. We can’t be complacent and this requires bold, confident action from all sides. Bring it on!

  19. Jai — on 13th April, 2011 at 4:16 pm  

    Julie Siddiqi,

    I actually got the link to your article originally from the Hope Not Hate facebook page so Nick will be aware.

    That’s excellent news. And yes, I will of course continue to keep everyone posted on any further developments, subject to further press releases by the numerous major Sikh temples and Sikh organisations involved.

    Some video footage has also recently emerged of Guramit Singh screaming extremely foul-mouthed abuse about “Allah” directly into the camera. I’ve added the relevant Youtube link to the main article above.

    What has Guramit decided to do??

    He has already released a detailed public statement on the EDL’s main website referring to “Sri Akal Takhat Sahib” (the aforementioned Sikh authorities in Amritsar) and insisting that he will never renounce the EDL. His statement also includes remarks referring to what he bizarrely terms “the Sikh Left”, which indicates how much he has internalised the Far-Right’s terminology and distorted worldview. The EDL have also escalated their usage of overtly Sikh imagery on their website.

    However, Guramit Singh still has some time to change his mind, as he has until the end of Vaisakhi (ie. tomorrow) to make his final decision. As a final word, let me emphasise a few facts, which I will list in a separate comment below.

  20. Jai — on 13th April, 2011 at 4:18 pm  

    The following historical and theological information has already been published in previous PP articles about the matter, but since the EDL do read this website, I will reiterate it here in full for Guramit Singh’s benefit, to address any confusion or ignorance on his part about these issues. If he is going to continue publicly identifying himself as a “Sikh” in conjunction with his actions on behalf of the EDL, including quoting sacred verses by the Sikh Gurus during his speeches at EDL rallies along with allowing other EDL members to repeatedly refer to him as a “Sikh” and to display Sikh imagery on the EDL’s website, perhaps Guramit’s time would be better spent coming to terms with Sikhism’s actual views on Islam, Muslims, and Allah.

    Suitable starting points would include the fact that the foundation stone of the Golden Temple in Amritsar (“Harmandir Sahib”, to use its real name) was laid by a Muslim saint upon the invitation of the Sikh Guru at the time, on land granted to the Sikhs by a Muslim emperor. Furthermore, the architecture of the Golden Temple itself was specifically designed to reflect a pluralistic, multi-faith ethos, architecturally symbolising both the unity of God irrespective of what name people call their deity by and the unity & equality of mankind irrespective of what religious affiliation people may identify themselves by; “Allah” and Muslims are explicitly included.

    Or the fact that the 6th Sikh Guru Hargobind, who began the process of militarising the Sikhs by raising a standing army and whose successor provided military assistance to the Mughal crown prince Dara Shukoh (whose own religious tutor was the Muslim saint who laid the foundation stone of Harmandir Sahib), not only built the Akal Takht itself, but he also had a mosque built for the Muslims who had settled in the town he’d founded in Punjab. The mosque is known as “Guru-ki-Maseet”, and it was recently renovated by a major joint project consisting of Sikh and Muslim volunteers, which was supported by the relevant Sikh and Muslim authorities in India; considerable assistance with the renovation was provided by the Sikh group known as “Nihangs”. The latter is also something to bear in mind, since the EDL are now deliberately displaying pictures of Nihang turbans on their main website.

    Other examples include the fact that the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures, includes hundreds of sacred verses originally written by Muslims, along with Islamic names for God such as “Allah”.

    Or the fact that the final version of the Guru Granth Sahib was compiled by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, who was also responsible for fully militarising the Sikh population and creating the Khalsa; the Guru Granth Sahib condemns bigotry and extremism (religious or otherwise), but Guru Gobind Singh did not add a single word disparaging “Allah” or attacking Muslims en masse or denigrating Islam as a whole. He certainly never claimed that Islam is “evil” or that there is no difference between Islam in general and “militant Islam”. Or made remarks such as “God bless the Muslims…..They’ll need it for when they’re burning in fucking Hell” (in fact, according to Sikhism, there is no concept of “Hell” as an actual physical location in the afterlife, let alone the concept of Muslims en masse “burning” there as a result of their religious affiliation).

    Or the fact that all of the Sikh Gurus had numerous Muslim allies and supporters, including Guru Gobind Singh himself, whose army included senior Muslim officers and whose own life was proactively saved by several Muslims during one of the very worst periods he ever experienced in his lifetime. After the death of the fanatical Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Guru Gobind Singh provided military assistance to one of Aurangzeb’s more liberal sons during the war of succession and played a pivotal role in facilitating the prince’s victory, for which the new Mughal emperor – Bahadur Shah I – subsequently publicly honoured Guru Gobind Singh with the formal title “Pir-i-Hind”, meaning “Saint of India”.

    And since video footage has also now emerged of Guramit Singh screaming abuse about “Allah” directly into the camera, specifically the chant “Who the fuck is Allah ?!” which is commonplace at EDL rallies, despite the fact that “Allah” is used as a name for God numerous times in the sacred hymns of the Guru Granth Sahib, perhaps he should also stop ignoring the following fact: His “question” is answered directly by Guru Gobind Singh himself, as per the extract from the Akal Ustat quoted in the main article:

    ”The Hindu God and the Muslim God are the same; let no man even by mistake suppose there is a difference.”

    All of the above are fundamental aspects of Sikh history and theology; they form the very basis of the religion. Every single one of these indisputable facts directly contradicts Guramit Singh’s own attitudes towards Muslims, Islam and Allah, along with the claims he is very publicly making about them. Deliberate references to himself as a “Sikh” or the EDL’s persistent usage of the Sikh Khanda symbol and other Sikh imagery do not disguise this matter for a second, regardless of Guramit and the EDL’s ongoing attempts to avoid it.

    In fact, Guramit’s behaviour and attitudes are exactly what the Sikh Gurus themselves condemned and fought against for more than 200 years, from Guru Nanak right through to Guru Gobind Singh. And as confirmed by the full extract from the Akal Ustat in the main article, every single one of Guramit’s claims about Muslims, Islam and Allah are directly contradicted by Guru Gobind Singh himself.

    Even Guramit’s tendency to sign off his public statements as an EDL spokesman with the phrase “God Bless and no surrender” raises the question of exactly which “God” he is invoking, given the fact that Sikhism explicitly makes it clear that there is only one God for the whole of mankind, and that “Allah” and the God of Sikhism are one and the same.

    And yet Guramit Singh is still deliberately representing himself as a “Sikh”. He needs to do some very serious thinking about the compatibility of his claims & behaviour with the core principles of Sikhism, including the actions and writings of the Sikh Gurus themselves.

    Otherwise it raises the following question for him to consider:

    In what possible sense is Guramit actually a “Sikh” at all, other than merely being descended from Sikhs ? Especially if he does not agree with even the most basic humanitarian & theological principles which Guru Gobind Singh made crystal clear in the Akal Ustat ?

    Finally, as mentioned in the main article above, the BBC has audio footage of Guramit Singh secretly referring to other Asians as “Pakis” and describing how much he hates them. Perhaps it’s also time Guramit looked in the mirror.

  21. Mohammad — on 13th April, 2011 at 6:01 pm  

    The fact is that the Guru Granth Sahib contains the poetic writings of Muslim Sufis, this is the book which Sikhs prostrate infront of when they enter the temple. Sikhism founder Guru Nanak was born In Lahore Pakistan (present day) he was inspired by Sufism and travelled to Mecca and performed Hajj there, His cloak is covered with Islamic arabic writing stating the Islamic declaration of faith There is only one God. When he died Muslims claimed he was muslim and the Hindus claimed he was Hindu. His nearest disciple was also a muslim and he spent alot of time with Muslims.
    Any sikh who hates Islam and Muslims is ignorant of his own Gurus and his own faith.

  22. jamal — on 13th April, 2011 at 9:12 pm  

    the fool guramit singh doesn’t deserve any more publicity. He is just a racist thug what else do you expect from him other than foul mouthed abuse.

  23. douglas clark — on 14th April, 2011 at 12:03 am  

    jamal @ 22,

    Point. It seems to me that people who pretend to be religious have a ‘get out of jail’ card for their ranting lunacy. It is all a bit wrong. What especially excuses racism just because it is wrapped up in religion?

  24. Jai — on 15th April, 2011 at 5:55 pm  

    It is now a day past the deadline of the ultimatum. At the time of writing, the EDL’s “Sikh” spokesman Guramit Singh has not retracted the public statement he released on the EDL’s website where he insisted that he will not renounce the EDL regardless of the ultimatum and the potential involvement of the Akal Takht in Amritsar.

    Updates on further major developments regarding this situation will therefore be published on Pickled Politics as they occur.

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