The Vicar of Bolton, Rev Matt Thompson, spoke out against the EDL ahead of their proposed "protest" in Manchester. The EDL claim to be fighting only against Islamic extremism with the best of intentions, hoping to uphold all that is great about Britain.
The Reverend said:
What worries me about the English Defence League is when we see pictures of young, white males giving Nazi salutes. This is the kind of hateful ideology their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents fought to defeat.Quite so. Below is the kind of thing he is talking about (taken from here):
Lest anything think that the snap was not from an EDL march, see the man in black in the background and compare his t-shirt with those available from the EDL shop here.