Pegida not so popular in Newcastle

Pegida seems to be battle for popularity in England, with a march in Newcastle being outnumbered by opposition.

Newcastle Pegida marchers vastly outnumbered by counter-protests

Northumbria police said 375 people were on the Pegida rally while 2,000 joined the Newcastle Unites protest in the city centre.

The rally was supposedly organised by Pegida, or “patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the west”, which claims that Germany is being overrun by Muslims and has held marches, mostly in Dresden.

Men holding National Front banners could be seen among the Pegida supporters.

Decency versus prejudice and intolerance.

I believe in Islam even less than I believe in Christianity but peaceful religious following should be equal rights.

Islam has had some connection with Britain for centuries,

Muslim scholarship, especially early Islamic philosophy and Islamic science, was well-known through Latin translation among the learned in England by 1386, when Geoffrey Chaucer was writing. In the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, there is among the pilgrims wending their way to Canterbury, a ‘Doctour of Phisyk’ whose learning included Rhazes (Al-Razi), Avicenna (Ibn Sina,Arabic ابن سينا) and Averroes (Ibn Rushd, Arabic ابن رشد).

And Muslim immigration has been significant since the 1700s.

The first group of Muslims to migrate in significant numbers, in the 18th century, were lascars (sailors) recruited from the Indian subcontinent (largely from the Bengal region) to work for the British East India Company, most of whom settled down and took local wives.

Wouldn’t it be better if less effort went into division and abuse and more effort went into different peoples living and working together peacefully?

Islam backlash takes a nazi turn in Germany

Just as the anti-Islamic organisatiion Pegida was organising another rally, this time in Leipzg, their leader has resigned after being exposed posing as Hitler.

BBC report: Germany Pegida: Protest leader quits in ‘Hitler’ row

The head of German “anti-Islamisation” movement Pegida, Lutz Bachmann, has resigned after a photo of him apparently posing as Hitler emerged.

Mr Bachmann stepped down just as tens of thousands of people were expected to rally in the eastern city of Leipzig for the latest Pegida rally.

Prosecutors opened an investigation after the photo was published on the front page of top-selling paper Bild.

A Pegida spokeswoman sought to play down the Facebook photo as a “joke”.

Claimed to be ex-Pagida leader Lutz Bachmann

Not a very appropriate joke in Germany.

Bild coverage: Pegida-Chef Bachmann: „Ja, ich trete zurück“

And there’s more covering it:

Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (German: Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes), commonly known by its German acronym Pegida, is a German organization based in Dresden. Since 20 October 2014 it has been organizing public demonstrations, aimed at the German government, against what it considers to be the Islamization of the Western world.

Pegida was founded in October 2014 by Lutz Bachmann, who runs a public relations agency in Dresden.[1] Bachmann’s impetus for starting Pegida was witnessing a rally by supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on 10 October in Dresden,which he posted the same day on YouTube. The next day he founded a Facebook group called Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes (“Patriotic Europeans against Islamization of the Occident”) which initially was mainly directed against arms shipments to the PKK.

– Wikipedia Pegida