- An international court battle involving government-imposed
restrictions on political expression has ensnared two right-leaning British
- Writers Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle stand convicted
of violating modern British laws against "stirring up racial and religious
hatred" for publishing, among other things, an allegedly anti-Semitic
comic book called "Tales of the Holohoax" as well as a nativist-British
pamphlet called "Don't Be Sheeple".
- As the irrepressible creators of a pugnacious web site
called 'Herectical.com', Shepard and Whittle (who writes under the pen
name, 'Luke O'Farrell') have published scores of taboo-busing manifestos,
cultural critiques and satires, as well as numerous scientific papers and
'general interest' material. But it all came to a crashing end last year
under the boot heel of a British court. What's worse, their prickly commentary
was about to earn them a multi-year stint in an English jail.
- Outraged at what they consider politically based persecution,
the two dissenters chose instead to seek political asylum in America. Then
the US Dept. of Homeland Security stepped in.
- The most recent chapter of their political odyssey began
on July 14, 2008, when Sheppard and Whittle (dubbed the 'Heretical Two')
delivered themselves to US authorities at Los Angeles International Airport
upon their arrival from Europe. But instead of sanctuary they received
a one-way ticket to the Santa Ana jail; this, despite the fact that they
entered the US legally and the contents of their published works violate
no US law. In fact, the server headquarters of their web site, Heretical.com,
is located in California. Despite this, an American judge presiding over
their asylum case has refused to grant them bail.
- Sheppard and Whittle remain in police custody under the
watchful eye of the US Dept. of Homeland Security.
- 'News Blackout' Spells Invisibility
- Meanwhile, the mainstream media has shown persistent
indifference to this noteworthy First Amendment brawl, even though the
case's legal implications are newsworthy, perplexing and perhaps even precedent
- But why would the mainstream media play a passively hostile
role towards these Free Speech activists? Why? Because the Heretical Two
qualify as exemplars of Britain's 'far Right', a movement that's antagonistic
towards many modern conventions concerning race, sexuality, feminism, Third
World immigration and Israel's elevated status in the West.
- The 'far right's' political agenda stands in direct opposition
to the multi-cultural transformation of Europe and North America that's
been in progress for the past half century. Many rightists allege that
these cultural changes have been advanced by influential jurists, financiers,
as well as major players in news, publishing and entertainment. When one
considers this, the mystery behind the media's self-imposed blackout becomes
a lot easier to comprehend..
- Bruce Leichty, Sheppard and Whittle's former immigration
attorney, had this to say about the bizarre British edict that prompted
the Heretical Two to take flight: "Under this novel application of
[British] law, American citizens, or indeed citizens of any nation, are
rendered subject to arrest and prosecution by the British authorities if
anything they post on the world wide web is deemed in breach of British
laws governing the discussion of race and religion". These extra-national
laws pose a direct challenge to America's First Amendment rights.
- Meanwhile, Sheppard and Whittle languish in an American
jail, unseen and unknown. This undermines their quest for freedom since
publicity is vital to raising funds to sustain their legal battle. But
the Heretical Two are not alone. In Europe, additional dissenters on the
Right are being targeted. Others, like Holocaust skeptics Ernst Zundel
and Germar Rudolf, remain behind bars.
- One recent target, a conservative Catholic Bishop named
Richard Williamson has come under intense pressure for remarks he made
about the official Holocaust story on Swedish TV. This is how it's playing
out in the mainstream news:
- Jews Tell Vatican: Holocaust Denial is a Crime
- By Philip Pullella (2/9/09)
- VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - World Jewish leaders told
Vatican officials that denying the Holocaust was "not an opinion but
a crime" whenthey met on Monday to discuss a bishop they accuse of
- The meetings, the first since the controversy over
Bishop Richard Williamson, who denies the extent of the Holocaust, began
last month,took place three days before Pope Benedict is due to address
a group of American Jewish leaders.
- Williamson told Swedish television in an interview
broadcast in January: "I believe there were no gas chambers."
He said no more than300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps,
rather than the 6 million accepted by most historians.
- "Today we strongly reaffirmed that the denial
of the Shoah is not an opinion, but a crime," said Richard Prasquier,
president of the French Jewish umbrella organization CRIF, using the
Hebrew word for Holocaust.
- The headline and narrative are fairly typical of the
news-bites that frame this unique kind of dispute. In this instance, the
reader findsthe accused Bishop alone, stigmatized and denounced by numerous
authoritative sources and even a court. The Jewish perspective is given
overwhelming prominence. Nowhere in the article are there any defenders
of Williamson's position. The vital issues of Free Speech and political
liberty are altogether absent. Case closed.
- In most any other context, the attempt by government
to impose criminal penalties for mere utterances would be questioned--if
not deplored--in the article itself. But arguments involving the Holocaust
and Jewish sensitivities are treated, in the mainstream media at least,
with unique partisanship.
- The London Times (Online edition, 2/9/09) proclaims:
- British Diplomat Arrested Over "Anti-Semitic'
- "Allegations that a senior British diplomat
launched into an anti-Semitic rant in a London gym while watching TV footage
from Gaza willnot upset the "treadmill of diplomacy", the Israeli
Ambassador to London said today.
- In a curiously tongue-in-cheek response to a case
that has provoked concern within the Jewish community in Britain, Ron Prosor
addedthat the tirade did not reflect "the health and fitness of our
- The diplomat, 47-year-old Rowan Laxton, allegedly
shouted "f***ing Israelis, f***ing Jews" while watching television
reports of the Israeli attack on Gaza last month.
- He is also alleged to have said that Israeli soldiers
should be "wiped off the face of the Earth" during the rant at
the London Business School gym near Regents Park on January 27. The
tirade reportedly continued even after other gym users asked him to stop.
- After a complaint from a member of the public, Mr.
Laxton was arrested for inciting religious hatred - which can carry a seven-year
prison term - and bailed to reappear at a central London police station
at the end of March."
- When the dust settles, the curious reader is left with
this unanswered question: What's worse?-using the F-word in the same sentenceas
the word 'Jew'?-or a military invasion and assault upon a civilian population
by an overpowering, nuclear-ready foreign power? TheLondon Times' news
slant would suggest that insensitive language is the more disturbing of
the two. On this matter, the various writers on the editorial pages of
the same newspaper are silent.
- Meanwhile, Mr. Laxton is facing real jail time for his
- 'Overrepresentation': So What?
- Have Big Media and Big Government joined forces to advance
an ethnic agenda? It's looking that way. Writing in the LA times (12/19/08)
columnist Joel Stein adds humor and realism to the stunning reality of
ethnic monopoly in Big Media/Entertainment.. He writes:
- "How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio
chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago
to demandthat the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter
was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), ParamountPictures
Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger
(Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew),
Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie
Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel),
MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff
Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed,
this group would have not only the power to shut down all film productionbut
to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah."
- Stein clears the air. And he's pretty funny about it.
But the impact of ethnic activism in media and government must be assessed,
and critically-without the threat of reprisal. Stein expresses good-natured
sympathy for Hollywood's ethnic outsiders (plain old white folks) explaining:
- "The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the
trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment
companies. When Icalled them to talk about their incredible advancement,
five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting
Jews. Thesixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish."
- But concentrated power with a global agenda can become
very un-funny indeed. Just ask the Heretical Two. When wealth, talent,
religion and government merge, there can be many, many causalities.
- Whittle, in the meantime, warns about federal legislation
here in the US that also poses a danger to traditional American liberties.
"[House] bill HR-1955", he notes, "is ready to begin pushing
the US down the same slope as the UK and European Union". Though this
bill finally stalled in the Senate, it received overwhelmingly support
by both parties in the House.
- The bill, HR-1955, was named the "Violent Radicalization
and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" by its liberal (and Jewish)
sponsor, Jane Harman (D-CA). It contained numerous provisions criminalizing,
among other things, "hate speech", which is code for selectively
targeting fiery political expression. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) is expected
to sponsor a similar bill later this year. Other bills now under consideration
in the House (HR-256 and HR-262) also seek to broaden and enhance 'hate
- But as America's Zionized conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan
and Iran push forward, larger problems surely loom. Nevertheless, eliminating
politically incorrect speech remains high on the agenda of both political
parties. With help from advisors linked to the ADL, lawmakers in Washington
are now crafting legislation aimed at circumventing Free Speech guarantees
enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
- Pro-Zionist Personality Syndrome?
- The pro-Zionist personality that's been on the forefront
of condemning dissent was put under the microscope recently by blogger/activist
Karin Friedmann, who states:
- "Jews in America are socially empowered to go
way beyond the learned trauma of the Jewish experience that results in
typical reactionary behavior. They actually participate in group behavior
that is deliberately manipulative and abusive - aimed at punishing activists
who stand up for human equality and justice. Over the years, US Jews have
become increasingly nutty not only due to currentevents but due to the
internet "alerts" coming to them from Jewish lobbyists, who solidify
their brains in this self-righteous fantasy world where Hamas is a terrorist
organization, where Israel has some kind of right to kill and rob non-Jews.
- "So we are dealing with not only dangerous reactions
based on past trauma - actually learned trauma based on a glorified and
fictionalized past - but American Jews are actually being trained since
childhood to interact with non-Jews in a deceitful and arrogant manner,
in coordination with each other, to emotionally destroy Gentiles and Israel
critics, in addition to wrecking their careers and interfering with
their social relationships. This is actually deliberate, wicked, planned
behavior motivated by a narcissistic self-righteousfury."
- The pro-Zionist personality is so commonplace that it's
now considered normal. But when far right dissenters (often smeared as
white supremacists) gather publicly to legally and non-violently advance
their own worldview, they are typically set upon by even larger numbers
of left wing 'counter-demonstrators'. There's hate speech aplenty during
these rare encounters, only it usually comes from the so-called anti-fascists..
I recall attending a rally for Pat Buchanan when he ran for President a
decade or more ago. At an otherwise peaceful assemblage of Middle Americans
who came to hear Buchanan's speech, was a raucous band of aggressive protesters
with signs the read "Stop Fascism" and "No Nazis Allowed."
Why aren't inflammatory insults like these considered a form of hate speech?
- A Left-Right confrontation of this kind happened recently
in Germany. When rightists attempted to march in commemoration of the
Allied annihilation of Dresden during WWII, hundreds of self-described
anti-fascists showed up in an attempt to disupt the demonstration. Many
were arrested. Significantly, when the shoe is on the other foot, the anti-fascist
crowd shows a remarkable disregard for civil liberties.
- But if we step back and take a broader perspective, the
case can be made that hate speech is far more common than realized. And
it doesn't involve the usual suspects. To find it, simply pick up a newspaper
or turn on the TV. Right there you'll find intellectuals, pundits and
political leaders using language like "All options are on the table"
as they gently threaten mass-murder against soverign peoples who governments
are either insufficiently democratic or embody some form of stategic threat.
At the very least, language utilizing the implied threat of massive State
violence surely functions as diplomatic terrorism. This mafioso-style
of diplomacy is routinely used by the US against Israel's foes. Clearly,
making the world safe for Zionism is an endless job. This surely explains
why there's an increasing emphasis upon one tragic episode of WWII, even
as we travel further and further away in time from the event itself.
- Indeed, due to rising media coverage, the Holocaust has
become as large-or bigger-than any political episode in modern history.
In America today, denying the existence of God is a trifle compared to
expressing skepticism about the How and Why and How Many died at the hands
of Nazis during WWII. Significantly, comparable (or greater) crimes that
occurred under Stalin during the same era are consistently ignored. This
is probably because details of that kind could detract from what's become
the dominant narrative of our time.
- Indeed, the Holocaust has come to stand for the supreme
expresssion of Gentile inhumanity towards an innocent, less numerous (but
greater) people. It also serves to reminds Jews that only their unity,
determination and vigilance can possibly save them from the lurking evil
found within the hearts of Gentiles.
- On a more practical level, the Holocaust story is essential
to the maintaining the dubious legitimacy of the Jewish State, a race-centered
entity established for the world's most international, influential and
- Without the unique and supreme suffering described in
Holocaust lore, Israel might be seen as little more than a chauvinistic
colony on a land that deserves, at the very least, to be shared by all.
- Opposing views about The Holocaust (and Jewish history)
now define the outer limits of Free Speech in the Western World. Without
the courageous sacrifice by a handful of dissidents, this might never change.
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- Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle can be contacted by
- Simon Sheppard 08-6404
- C/O Santa Ana Jail
- Box 22003
- Santa Ana, CA 92701
- Stephen Whittle 08-6408
- C/O Santa Ana Jail
- Box 22003
- Santa Ana, CA 92701
- For information about making an financial donation to
help free the Heretical Two, please contact Paul Ballard who is heading
up their Legal Defense Fund. Paul's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contributions can also be sent to the Fund in the UK
addressed as follows: Croydon Preservation Society, P. O. Box 301, Carshalton,
Surrey, SM5 4QW, United Kingdom.
- Mark Green can be contacted via PersecutionPrivilegeAndPower.com