Daily Mail (London), Dec. 23, 2010
Fanatics from a banned Islamic hate group have launched a nationwide poster campaign denouncing Christmas as evil.
Organisers plan to put up thousands of placards around the UK claiming the season of goodwill is responsible for rape, teenage pregnancies, abortion, promiscuity, crime and paedophilia.
They hope the campaign will help ‘destroy Christmas’ in this country and lead to Britons converting to Islam instead.
Labour MP and anti racist campaigner Jim Fitzpatrick branded the posters ‘extremely offensive’ and demanded they were immediately ripped down.
The placards, which have already appeared in parts of London, feature an apparently festive scene with an image of the Star of Bethlehem over a Christmas tree.
But under a banner announcing ‘the evils of Christmas’ it features a message mocking the song the 12 Days of Christmas.
It reads: ‘On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
‘On the second day debt, on the third rape, the fourth teenage pregnancies and then there was abortion.’
According to the posters, Christmas is also to responsible for paganism, domestic violence, homelessness, vandalism, alcohol and drugs.
Another offence of Christmas, it proclaims, is ‘claiming God has a son’.
The bottom of the poster declares: ‘In Islam we are protected from all of these evils. We have marriage, family, honour, dignity, security, rights for man, woman and child.’
The campaign’s organiser is 27-year-old Abu Rumaysah, who once called for Sharia Law in Britain at a press conference held by hate preacher leader Anjem Choudary, the leader of militant group Islam4UK.
Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson banned Islam4UK group earlier this year, making it a criminal offence to be a member, after it threatened to protest at Wootton Bassett, the town where Britain honours its war dead.
Mr Rumaysah told the Mail that he was unconcerned about offending Christians.
He said: ‘Christmas is a lie and as Muslims it is our duty to attack it.
‘But our main attack is on the fruits of Christmas, things like alcohol abuse and promiscuity that increase during Christmas and all the other evils these lead to such as abortion, domestic violence and crime.
‘We hope that out campaign will make people realise that Islam is the only way to avoid this and convert.’
Mr Rumaysah, who said his campaign was not linked to any group, boasted that the posters would be put up in cities around the country, including London, Birmingham and Cardiff.
The campaign was highlighted by volunteers from a charity which distributes food and presents to pensioners and the lonely at Christmas.
Sister Christine Frost, founder of the East London Neighbours in Poplar charity, said: ‘The more posters I saw, the more angry I got.
‘Someone is stirring hatred which leaves the road open to revenge attacks or petrol bombs through letter-boxes.
‘I told the Mayor we are all scared.
‘If we said such things about Muslims, we’d all be hanging from lamp-posts.
‘The posters appear to be professionally printed’.
Poplar and Limehouse MP Mr Fitzpatrick said: ‘These posters are extremely offensive and have upset a lot of people – that’s why we jumped on it and asked the council to remove them.
‘Sister Christine is rooted in the community and doesn’t take offence lightly.
‘But these hate posters really upset her. Christmas is close to her belief.’
A Met Police spokesman said they had received complaints and were investigating.
He said: ‘We are investigating allegations of religious hate crime in Tower Hamlets following complaints about posters displayed in and around the Mile End area.’
Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman said the posters had ‘upset and antagonised many residents’.
He added: ‘The messages on these posters are offensive and do not reflect the views of the Council or the vast majority of residents.’