Angle Files Voter Intimidation Complaint With DOJ Over Reid E-Mails

November 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

In the final hours of Election Day, a lawyer for GOP Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle filed a complaint with the Justice Department alleging voter intimidation took place on behalf of the campaign of her opponent Sen. Harry Reid (D), Politico reports.

The complaint relates to an e-mail exchange between an unnamed Reid campaign staffer and the casino chain Harrah’s, which was reported in a story published by the National Review. The National Review reported that the e-mails showed that “Executives at the casino giant Harrah’s pushed company employees to vote early in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign.”

Angle lawyer Cleta Mitchell — co-chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association -said the e-mails showed “union intimidation tactics.” Reid’s campaign countered that the e-mails don’t show anything against the law and mentioned that the conservative blogger who wrote the story told Fox News that she didn’t think “anything either illegal or unethical was done here.”

“This ‘report’ by a right-wing blogger who’s literally been embedded within the Angle campaign has no credibility on its face,” Reid campaign spokesman Kelly Steele told Politico. “That being said, given Sen. Reid’s work to strengthen the state’s top industry, it should come as no surprise that casino employees support his reelection.”

The chain of e-mails, which can be read here, show that company vice president of public policy and communications Marybel Batjer wrote that another official received a message from the Reid campaign.

“She asked me to reach out to you to PLEASE do whatever we need to do to get the supervisors to know that there is NOTHING more important then (sic) to get employees out to vote,” Batjer wrote to a number of Harrah’s employees. “Waking up to a defeat of Harry Reid Nov 3rd will be devastating for our industry’s future. I know everyone is working hard, but somehow the effort is not getting through the ranks.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman told TPMMuckraker that DOJ was reviewing the letter but declined further comment.

This isn’t the first time that Angle has accused Reid of tinkering with the election, but the Nevada Secretary of State said one of her previous charges had no merit. Angle’s former PAC actually funded a group that later charged that Reid was benefiting from voter fraud.







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DOJ: We’ll Fight Both Voter Fraud And Intimidation

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The Justice Department will have “adequate and aggressive enforcement” of both voter fraud laws and of voter intimidation laws this year, said Thomas Perez, the head of the Civil Rights Division, today.

“We enforce both voter intimidation laws and voter fraud laws and we will continue to do so as we have done: carefully, aggressively, and evenhandedly,” Perez said in response to a question from TPMMuckraker. “It is impossible to provide a road map for what constitutes such a case because they’re very much fact-driven. We have criminal statutes related to intimidation, we have civil statutes pertaining to voter intimidation, we have criminal statutes related to fraud.”

Perez said that DOJ will announce a team of federal elections monitors later this week, adding that the Civil Rights Division has partnerships in place with both the FBI, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Public Integrity Section as well as with the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices around the county.

“We don’t do one or the other, we do both,” Perez told reporters. “We will continue to do both.”

The Justice Department continues to receive inquires related to allegations of voter intimidation on a “daily basis” said Perez. “That’s why we have an experienced team of attorneys throughout the division and frankly the department that work on these issues, and so we’ll continue to receive those and take appropriate steps.”

“We’ve obviously received allegations. Again, I can’t get too specific because we have ongoing investigations,” Perez said.

DOJ lawyers have already gathered information on allegations of voter intimidation in Harris County, Texas, where a Tea Party group launched an aggressive poll watching effort.

The Justice Department, which kept the name of the Bush-era Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative, said in a press release that “Both protecting the right to vote and combating voter fraud are essential to maintaining the confidence of all Americans in our system of government.”







TPMMuckraker

Now It’s Voter Intimidation: Why Can’t The Tea Party Leave Well Enough Alone?

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 


The Tea Party is making headlines again this week and none of them have jack to do with policy or governance issues as mid-term elections draw ever closer.

There is, of course, the incident at a Rand Paul rally in Kentucky where a dirty rotten librul protester was knocked to a curb and stepped on, an interesting manifestation of the kind of freedom of speech the party claims that it eschews. Which followed an incident at a Joe Miller rally in Alaska where his goons rolled an uppity reporter.

And now there are reports out of Minnesota and Texas regarding what the party is advertising as challenges to voter registration fraud but is manifestly the kind of voter intimidation that their Republican elders have been practicing for years, including surveillance squads, video camera teams and tails of buses from senior centers to polling places, with the added incentive in Minnesota of a cash reward to vigilantes for each alleged perp that they collar.

The issue is not so much whether the Tea Party has the right to practice such thuggery; the so-called anti-voter registration fraud efforts bankrolled by the GOP flirt with illegality but arguably don’t cross the line.

The issue is who gave the Tea Party the authority. No one, of course, and it is manifestly obvious that the people who will be targeted will largely be minorities and the polling places will be largely in minority neighborhoods. In other words, people who wear brown faces and not brown shirts.


The Moderate Voice

County Clerk’s Office Dismisses Voter Intimidation Allegations In TX

October 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Earlier this week, the Harris County (Texas) Democratic Party forwarded 14 complaints about poll watchers during early voting in the county, including allegations of voter intimidation, to the Harris County Clerk. But the County Clerk’s office, run by a Republican, says they looked into the allegations and found nothing wrong.

“We investigated it, we talked to everybody there at the different locations, and they basically said it didn’t happen,” said Hector DeLeon, a spokesman for the County Clerk.

He said the office takes each allegation seriously. But their investigations consisted solely of calling up the polling locations where the incidents allegedly occurred to ask poll workers if there was anything wrong.

“A call is placed to the location, and we talked to folks who were working at the location, and in Texas, the presiding judge actually represents one party and the alternate judge represents the other party, so both of those folks — both sides in general — were spoken to, and what they reported is that what was being alleged did not occur,” DeLeon told TPMMuckraker.

The 14 complaints were “all reported by one party,” DeLeon said. “Part of what happened the first day is that there was an uncomfort [sic] level with the poll watchers being there.”

As TPMMuckraker has reported, Harris County is where the Tea Party group King Street Patriots started a non-profit movement called “True the Vote” which is dedicated to combating what they claim is widespread voter fraud. Though the Justice Department is gathering information on allegations of intimidation in the county, True the Vote has denied that their program is about intimidation. “True the Vote has never, and will never, condone or promote voter intimidation at a polling place,” they said.

Despite those statements, there was a lot of suspicion circulating about the mostly white poll workers in heavily minority neighborhoods, and there were allegations that some of the poll watchers believed to have been trained by True the Vote crossed the line. But whether there were just a few individuals who allegedly went astray or if there is a coordinated campaign of intimidation depends upon who you ask.

“In all the years that I’ve voted, almost everybody at the polls was black, and they tend to be older,” Jolanda Jones, a city councilwoman in Houston, told TPMMuckraker. “I just left Sunnyside and there were probably about seven or eight non-black people there.”

Jones said that the poll watchers crossed the line.

“You had a woman standing over people yesterday when I was at Palm Center. They’re taking notes yesterday when I was at Palm Center. They’re standing over people while they were voting,” Jones said. “These people are there and they’re intimidating. It’s definitely different than what we’re accustomed to. We’re not used to people coming there and writing down our every move as if we’re doing something illegal.”

Late Thursday new accusations arose of both poll watchers intimidating voters, and from poll watchers themselves, who believe they were harassed.

The complaints from earlier this week, listed in a document obtained by TPMMuckraker, include 10 allegations of voter intimidation at the Acres Homes, Kashmere Gardens, Moody Park, Tracy Gee, Baytown and Sunnyside polling locations. The list of complaints was compiled by the Texas Democrats based on what they say were actual complaints voters reported to the Democratic Party in Harris County. The document does not include the names of voters who say they were intimidated, and TPMMuckraker was not able to independently verify the legitimacy of the complaints. The unredacted list was turned over to the Harris County Clerk’s office and to the Justice Department.

One voter reported that at Acres Home “poll watchers are intrusive… watching voters cast votes, tracking personal info of voters, violating her personal privacy,” according to the list compiled by the Democrats. At the Kingwood Library, a man allegedly said “you going to vote twice, I’m sick of you people, f… you,” according to the document.

There have been fewer incidents since early voting got underway on Monday, according to Democrats in the area. But they say the incidents haven’t stopped, either.

“We’ve seen a reduction in incidents, but they still remain alarming concern,” Chad Dunn, a lawyer representing the Texas Democratic Party, told TPMMuckraker.

Democrat Anthony Gutierrez, Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party, said allegations of voter intimidation have “definitely at least slowed down,” since Monday.

“One thing we try to get people to tell us when they phone in voter intimidation or an incident report of any kind, when it has to do with a poll watcher, is tell us what did the person look like,” Gutierrez told TPMMuckraker.

Another witness, Janie Reyes, told TPMMuckraker that she talked to a Justice Department lawyer about her experience at a Moody Park, a historically Hispanic neighborhood in Houston. She said that poll workers were talking so loudly that the clerk couldn’t hear her say her name, and that she told them they shouldn’t be talking but that a supervisor defended them.

“The Justice Department called me to ask me about it and I did tell them, you know, I know we have poll watchers, but all the poll watchers are in minority precincts. And it tells you something,” Reyes told TPMMuckraker. “And I said, now, I’m not illegal, they can watch, but they’re not supposed to be talking, I know that.”

Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Gerry Birnberg said the allegations of voter intimidation against poll watchers came from very reliable people.

“There’s no question about the fact — and I believe that the folks at the Republican Party acknowledge — that a number of the poll watchers violated the law,” Birnberg told TPMMuckaker. Specifically, he said poll watchers had been following voters into where they were casting their ballots and engaging in confrontational conversation with voters.

“We got the reports of exactly the same problems in the six different locations, and they all describe the same conduct,” Birnberg said. “If it was one or even two voting locations and some aberational conduct by some single poll watcher, you say hey that’s whatever, but when you get that same conduct involving six different places and its the same type of conduct in six different locations, then you have to think there’s credibility to the reports.”

“Does that mean that the motive, the intent, was to intimidate? Not necessarily. Does it mean the effect was? Yeah,” Birnberg told TPMMuckraker. “I suspect that these Tea Party zealots honestly believe in their heart of hearts that there is the potential for fraud in the election process in Harris County.”







TPMMuckraker

Harris County Officials: No Voter Intimidation By Poll Watchers

October 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Trent Seiberg aka Texas Watchdog a local Houston journalist reports that Harris County Clerk’s Office says there is no evidence of voter intimidation in Harris County. Here’s some of the details:

And all accusations of intimidation were looked into by the Harris County Clerk’s Office, which found no proof of any malfeasance, said Hector DeLeon, a spokesman for the office.

“We processed 26,031 votes, we had 14 complaints, all from Democrats, of intimidation,” DeLeon said. “We had no complaints on Tuesday or [Wednesday].”

Representatives from his office went to each site of a complaint, spoke with officials there and found nothing to uphold any allegation of trouble, he said.

Still, Ryan called for a monitor from the U.S. Department of Justice, although reports that the DOJ was looking into any particular group – including declarations that some tea party members were involved in the intimidation accusations — were incorrect.

DOJ: No investigation into any specific political organization, tea party

“The department is looking into allegations of misconduct in polling places that occurred in Harris County during the first day of early voting,” DOJ spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said via e-mail. “There is no investigation into any specific political organization, including the tea party, at this time regarding this matter.”

Birnberg, the Democratic party chair, insists there was intimidation and that it has continued.

There is much more about the investigation, including the fact that one of the mediators, Vince Ryan, gave $ 1000 to Houston Votes who is “tightly connected” to Democrats and has been investigated for voter registration violations.

Trent has much more at the link. Go read the whole thing.

Liberty Pundits Blog

Eyewitnesses Report Intimidation By Texas Poll Watchers

October 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

When Maureen Haver went to the polls in Moody Park — a historically Hispanic neighborhood in Houston — she saw three poll workers. She told TPMMuckraker that she recognized one of the poll watchers as a member of the Tea Party group called the King Street Patriots. There were two others that were talking about the Tea Party, she added.

Haver heads the organization Houston Votes, which has been targeted by an anti-voter fraud effort called True the Vote with connections to the Tea Party group the King Street Patriots. Haver says that, at her voting place, she saw a Hispanic woman come in who only spoke Spanish enter, and a poll worker was showing her how to use the voting machine.

“The two poll watchers hovered behind, and then after the poll worker left to let the woman vote, both of the poll watchers stood behind this woman the entire time while she was voting,” Haver explained.

That’s the type of tactics that poll watchers are accused of in Harris County, where other news reports had said poll watchers were accused of “hovering over” voters, “getting into election workers’ faces” and blocking or disrupting lines of voters who were waiting to cast their ballots.

What isn’t clear is whether poll watchers were being intentionally intimidating. But, if they actually used the tactics they are being accused of, they appear to have run afoul of laws designed to prevent voter intimidation. In addition, reports indicate that they may be focused on minority-dominated parts of Houston.

In a news report by KTRK-TV’s Miya Shay, Houston resident Willie Jones says he had two forms of identification when he headed to the polls, but was told he couldn’t vote. Video from the day shows an older man hovering over an election worker taking notes. One poll watcher told Shay he was recruited by True the Vote and never even talked to the Republican Party, for whom he was supposed to be poll watching. The County Attorney said it had received several complaints about aggressive poll watchers.

For its part, True the Vote has strongly denied advocating any type of intimidation tactic. “True the Vote has never, and will never, condone or promote voter intimidation at a polling place,” it said in a statement.

The Justice Department has said it looking into allegations in Harris County, but has also been clear that it is not looking specifically into the Tea Party at this point. “There is no investigation into any specific political organization, including the Tea Party, at this time regarding this matter,” DOJ spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a written statement to Fox News.

Party officials in the county — Texas’ largest — have agreed to turn over lists of poll watchers.







TPMMuckraker

True The Vote: Voter Intimidation Claims Come From ‘Partisan Operatives’

October 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

True the Vote, the Tea Party affiliated organization that was founded explicitly to combat what they say is the widespread issue of voter fraud, posted a message on their website on Wednesday responding to allegations that poll watchers intimidated voters.

“Claims by partisan operatives and bloggers with an agenda that voter intimidation was conducted by True the Vote are false and libelous, and they should be retracted immediately,” said the statement. “True the Vote has never, and will never, condone or promote voter intimidation at a polling place.”

Justice Department lawyers have interviewed witnesses who say they witnessed intimidation at the polls in Harris County, Texas. True the Vote — an outgrowth of the King Street Patriots — targeted the voter registration effort called Houston Votes, which has since received threats via e-mail.

Catherine Engelbrecht, the head of the Tea Party group, had said at a meeting that Houston Votes headquarters was the location of the New Black Panther Party office.

True the Vote said they weren’t responsible for the actions of individuals, who they said were properly trained.

“Any alleged actions that may have occurred of that nature were purely individual actions, and not in any way representative of, or connected to, True the Vote,” the group said in the statement. “True the Vote conducts extensive citizen training of poll watchers and makes it explicitly clear in the training that poll watchers are never to impede, interact, challenge or interfere with any voter.”

Hiram Sasser, a lawyer representing True the Vote, referred TPMMuckraker to the statement, and said he couldn’t know for sure if those accused of voter fraud had been trained by the organization.

“We don’t know the answer to that question,” Sasser said. “We would like to know but we don’t know that answer to that.”

Here’s True the Vote’s statement, in full:

A STATEMENT BY TRUE THE VOTE ABOUT PURPORTED POLLING PLACE CONDUCT (October 20, 2010)

True the Vote exists to protect the right to vote and the integrity of the election process. Claims by partisan operatives and bloggers with an agenda that voter intimidation was conducted by True the Vote are false and libelous, and they should be retracted immediately. True the Vote has never, and will never, condone or promote voter intimidation at a polling place.

Any alleged actions that may have occurred of that nature were purely individual actions, and not in any way representative of, or connected to, True the Vote. True the Vote conducts extensive citizen training of poll watchers and makes it explicitly clear in the training that poll watchers are never to impede, interact, challenge or interfere with any voter. The poll watchers are exercising rights as poll watchers under Texas law to observe the conduct of the election. They will continue to do so in a lawful manner, and Harris County elections will be better for it. Any poll worker who engaged in behavior to the contrary did so in complete contradiction to the the training of True the Vote and conduct of a member of our organization.

True the Vote is dedicated to promoting integrity in the electoral process. We have uncovered likely violations of law in Harris County including non-citizens registering to vote, potential forgeries in voter applications, and multiple registrations for the same person. We have provided law enforcement authorities evidence of this activity, and we hope they act to remedy the problem as soon as possible.

True the Vote trains citizens that a polling place is a sensitive site and all actions must be carried out in a civilized and lawful manner. True the Vote is dedicated to ensuring that elections in Harris County are free from fraud and intimidation of any voter. False claims to the contrary will not interfere with that important public service.









TPMMuckraker

Poll Watchers Claim Harassment And Intimidation At Houston, Texas Voting Places

October 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher reports voter intimidation in Harris County, Texas (Houston) by volunteer poll watchers trained by King Street Patriots, a local non-partisan group who started the True The Vote campaign. Tommy leads with this inflammatory paragraph saying:

In a story that’s sure to draw comparisons to the New Black Panther Party member who brandished a nightstick at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008, a Tea Party group called the King Street Patriots has been accused of “1960s style” voter intimidation in primarily minority precincts on the first day of early voting in Texas. The group is being sued by the Texas Democratic Party, following the filing of 14 voter intimidation complaints with the county clerk, and another two dozen with the Texas Democratic Party chairman.

Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of King’s Street Patriots strongly denies the allegations and noted that it was absurd that “little old ladies” would be intimidating anyone. She says that one 65 year old woman poll watcher came back from poll watching, after being kicked out for simply being present-itself a violation of the law-in tears.

Engelbrecht also notes that King’s Street Patriots learned they were being sued by the Texas Democratic Party at 11 a.m. yesterday morning when not one poll watcher had yet been removed and not one complaint sent to the county about any untoward actions.

In one instance, three poll watchers were yelled at by a Democrat Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee who said,”Why are you here? We have never had poll watchers here. Ya’ll need to get on out of here.”

Lee then demanded that the polling place judge give him information about the three poll watchers and the presiding judge complied-giving him their private information. The three poll watchers now fear for their safety and wonder what will be done with their personal information which included their phone numbers and home addresses.

Tommy Christopher, who, it should be noted is a White House correspondent and not a Texas native nor a Texas reporter, makes an outrageous linkage to the Philadelphia Black Panther case. In that case, Black Panther members were armed and preventing people from voting.

The alleged cases here in Houston are unsupported accusations with no documentation and no video or audio proof. Meanwhile, the poll watchers themselves report being yelled at and harassed, told to leave, and intimidated.

Catherine Engelbrecht expressed frustration about the situation-about being sued, about the constant barrage of negative national media and the misunderstanding around the purpose of True The Vote.

“We want everyone to have a free and fair election,” Englebrecht said. “That’s all we want. We are 100% innocent.”

Houston blogger Kevin Whited notes that it looks like the “Colorado Model” is being brought to Harris County, Texas. He goes on to explain:

Of course, Matt Angle features in The Blueprint, a fine piece of political journalism that describes how a handful of committed millionaire progressives managed to flip formerly reliably Republican Colorado to the Dems over a few election cycles, through strategic funding of down-ballot political races, creation of a loose network of “independent” news organizations and “ethics” groups to pound targeted opponents, and liberal use (no pun intended) of the legal system to tie up ostensibly conservative organizations. Angle all but promised to bring the Colorado Model to Texas, in the form of his Lone Star Project (and associated groups).

And if you begin to connect the dots locally — as Cory Crow also does — you can see elements of the Colorado Model at work, right here in Harris County. Now, There’s nothing illegal or unethical per se about the model. In many ways, The Blueprint is a great political novel that just happens to be true. However, given the state political media’s occasional interest in the influence of big money in politics (when it happens to be a donor like, say, Bob Perry), it would be nice to see that same interest extend to progressive big money and the machinations of nominally “independent” front groups.

Another local Houston blogger, Cory Crow does connect the dots:

It’s interesting to note that, on the same day the HCDP added KSP to their lawsuit the George Soros/Matt Angle backed Texans for Public Justice filed an ethics complaint against KSP based almost entirely on reporting found in another Colorado Model media outlet, The American Independent, which was then dutifully carried by another Colorado Model “news” outlet The Texas Tribune which conveniently forgot to disclose TPJ’s funding ties to Texas Democratic king-maker Matt Angle.*

So we have several (allegedly) Democratic partisan groups suing and filing ethics complaints against an (allegedly) Republican partisan group for (allegedly) performing the exact same actions they’re (allegedly) involved in.

Now, to connect the dots even further. Earlier today, I noted that The Texas Tribune just partnered with the New York Times who has just opened a Texas division. From Poynter Online there’s this:

In addition to Texas Tribune’s public policy reporting, the Times plans to publish some cultural and lifestyles coverage in the new regional pages. Evan Smith, who was a longtime editor of Texas Monthly before becoming editor of Texas Tribune, will commission and edit the additional content separately from his duties at the Tribune.

The Democrats seem to want to make Texas a battleground state-by any means necessary. The only sticking point has been a small grassroots organization simply wanting to make sure Harris County elections are free and fair.

No doubt, this is not the last we’ve heard on this story.

Liberty Pundits Blog

Islamic public school in Minnesota using threats, intimidation against all who challenge it

October 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

This is no surprise, really. Islamic supremacist groups in the U.S. use threats and intimidation against all who challenge them, also — and so it is no surprise that an Islamic school in Minnesota that is receiving public funding would be trafficking in the same thing with investigators and those who are challenging it in court. These actions reflect the same mindset that is held by those who try to intimidate into silence those who stand for freedom and destroy them personally. And they will increasingly poison the public discourse.

“TiZA vs. the search for truth: The school — public, mind you — tries to intimidate all who would challenge it,” by Katherine Kersten for the Star Tribune, October 16 (thanks to Pamela Geller, who supplies a good deal of useful background information):

The battle over the role of Islam in a Minnesota public school is heating up again in a federal courtroom in St. Paul. The conflict began in January 2009, when the ACLU of Minnesota sued Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy — a K-8 charter school with campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine — for violating constitutional prohibitions against government endorsement of religion.

TiZA since has fought tooth and nail — erecting procedural barriers to prevent the ACLU from investigating what goes on behind its doors. The school’s tactics have gone far beyond the usual rough-and-tumble of lawyers in our adversary system. Its chief tool has been attempted intimidation of all who would draw back the curtain on its secrets.

One of TiZA’s first targets was the ACLU itself. A few months after the suit began, the school filed a $ 100,000-plus defamation claim, citing ACLU executive director Chuck Samuelson’s simple statement that “[TiZA is] a theocratic school … as plain as the substantial nose on my face.” The court dismissed the claim.

In January 2010, the ACLU was back in court to seek a protective order, on grounds that intimidation by TiZA was discouraging potential witnesses from appearing. The ACLU filed affidavits by a former TiZA parent and a former TiZA staff member, who described what they interpreted as threats of violence against them. In her affidavit, the female staff member said that Asad Zaman — TiZA’s executive director — had suggested after she displeased him: “We could just kill you, yeah tell your husband we’ll do his job for him.” (Zaman has no recollection of making such a statement, he said in an affidavit.) The court barred witness harassment or intimidation by either party.

In June 2010, the ACLU returned to court to quash what it described as yet another TiZA attempt to intimidate current and former employees from speaking about what they had seen at the public school. TiZA’s “Staff Handbooks include a secrecy clause, and related threat of legal action for violating it,” according to the ACLU’s court filings. TiZA “wields [these provisions] as a sledgehammer to keep former employees quiet about what they saw at the school.” As a result, “former TiZA employees have expressed fear about speaking to the ACLU.”…

There is much more. Be sure to read it all.

Jihad Watch

Just like Pakistan: Ahmadis in Britain face campaign of intimidation from other Muslims

October 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Looking past the rather annoying and ironic comparisons to the Holocaust (given the Qur’an’s ferocious antisemitism), there seems to have been an assumption among those wishing for a “truly multicultural” Britain that Islam, once allowed a fresh start surrounded by a tolerant, pluralistic society far removed from the allegedly “cultural” baggage of other parts of the world, would naturally right itself and re-discover its vaunted peaceful, tolerant side.

But the absence of firm expectations of integration into British society, a hemmorhaging welfare state that has enabled non-integration, and the utter unwillingness to engage the actual intolerance found in Islamic texts, have all helped ensure the development of parallel Islamic societies within Britain, with all of the problems of home.

“Hate campaign discovered against south London Ahmadiyya Islamic minority,” by Omar Oakes for YourLocalGuardian, October 14 (thanks to Twostellas):

An international hate campaign by Islamic fundamentalists against a minority sect has spread to Britain and is causing a dangerous rift in south London’s Muslim community.

The situation has been likened to the “beginnings of the Holocaust” by a leading expert who is urging the police to act.

Lord Avebury, the long-serving vice-chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group, said the extremist views were being imported from Pakistan and compared the vilification of Ahmadiyya Muslims with the beginnings of the Holocaust.

Our investigation has revealed shocking examples of Ahmadi residents, businessmen and politicians being demonised and ostracised by UK Islamic fundamentalist group Khatme Nabuwat (KN).

Ahmadi-owned businesses have been boycotted and face ruin, while employers have been pressurised into sacking Ahmadi workers.

The hate campaign even infected the General Election result after a campaign to discourage Muslims voting for an Ahmadi Liberal Democrat candidate in Tooting.

There are an estimated 13,000 Ahmadi Muslims living and working in south west London, who were drawn to the area after its first mosque was built in Southfields.

Ahmadiyya Muslims differ from mainstream Islam by believing the second coming of the Messiah has already happened and is embodied by their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

Their two main mosques are the London Mosque, built in 1926 in Gressenhall Road, Southfields, and the massive Bait-ul-Fatah mosque in Morden, built in 2003 - which their website claims is the largest mosque in Western Europe.

Since then, many Ahmadis who have fled religious persecution in Pakistan have come to live in Merton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Lambeth….

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