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British Muslim-Basher Sentenced in UK After Entering US Illegally

By Don Terry on January 8, 2013 - 11:50 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Crime

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, the immigrant-bashing, Muslim-hating leader of the far-right English Defense League was sentenced yesterday to 10 months in a British prison after pleading guilty to trying to illegally enter the United States. Yaxley-Lennon used a friend’s passport in order to speak at a gathering of other immigrant-bashing, Muslim-hating bigots last Sept. 11 in New York City.

American immigration officials initially stopped the 30-year-old, name-shifting extremist from entering the country at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York when he was fingerprinted and it was revealed he was not the man listed on the passport – Andrew McMaster.

But Yaxley-Lennon, who also uses the pseudonym Tommy Robinson in his anti-Muslim protests and speeches across England, somehow managed to slip away from the authorities and travel into the heart of Manhattan. There, he delivered a speech to a conference of an international right-wing umbrella group, Stop the Islamization of Nations (SION), that included a U.S. SION spinoff, Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA). SIOA is headed by Pam Geller, the American anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead and a Yaxley-Lennon ally.

Yaxley-Lennon returned to England the next day and was arrested a short time later.

“We were fortunate to have the singular Tommy Robinson come to New York and address the first SION World Freedom Congress on September 11,” Geller wrote on Oct. 21 on her website site, Atlas Shrugs. “Robinson has been arrested for his participation in this effort. This is the latest outrage in a relentless campaign of attrition, harassment and political persecution of Robinson by a weak, sharia-compliant UK government.’’

A legal defense fund was set up on both sides of the ocean and his supporters called Yaxley-Lennon a political prisoner. Geller vowed to “fight alongside him.’’

One anti-racist English blogger saw Geller’s position as hypocritical. “For the number of times they scream about ‘illegal immigrants’ setting foot on their precious land, you’d think they’d pick up on the fact that the EDL’s leader Tommy Robinson (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) entered American illegally,” the blogger wrote.

In a British courtroom yesterday, the EDL leader admitted as much when he pleaded guilty “to possession of a false identity document with improper intention,’’ according to England’s Channel 4 News. “You knew perfectly well that you were not welcome in the United States,” Channel 4 quoted Judge Alistair McCreath telling Yaxley-Lennon at the sentencing hearing.

But before sending him off to prison, there was a little confusion about which name to use in sentencing him: Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, Tommy Robinson or even a third name.

When he returned to England, Yaxley-Lennon used his legal passport, which apparently includes is real name – Paul Harris.

The judge sentenced him as Stephen Lennon, “although I suspect that is not actually your true name.’’

Lennon/Robinson/Harris had been in jail for several weeks before pleading guilty. Channel 4 News reported that during that time attendance at protests had dwindled and members drifted away as EDL “splinters into more extreme factions.”

  • Kiwiwriter

    Mick, I’m sure you’re out of the room, but my answer is this:

    When you celebrate your racial and cultural identity, it’s a matter of how you do it.

    If you say, “I have a great culture, and I’m enjoying its good points and sharing it with everybody,” that’s good.

    If you say, “I have a great culture, and it’s better than all the other cultures, and we’re going to attack, defame, denounce, threaten, harass, and not share our culture with those other cultures, which are by definition beneath us and below us and less than human,” it’s bad.

  • Serpent

    Ok cool, so now everyone who enters the States illegally will get ten months in jail?

  • mick

    I’m not really understanding why British people wanting to maintain their racial and cultural identity is a bad thing. After all, isn’t that ultimately how we maintain the world’s diversity…by ensuring the continued existence of our unique differences?

  • SAS

    Right wing extremists from Europe enter the United States illegally while their ilk on both sides of the Atlantic whine about “illegal immigration”.

    Ah the irony !

  • Carol Reiner

    This is a great example of how not only Hispanics tried to come into the U.S. illegally.

  • A Walkaway

    The Sweet – you’re probably a lot closer to the truth than you may realize. There is an entire “Christian” movement which believes that a world-wide nuclear war must start before “Jesus will return” – funny thing is that THEY want to avoid being the targets. (Forget “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”)

    MRJ – LOL!

    I have to disagree with your final sentence. We recently had huge problems with our cable modem being hacked into – repeatedly. We had to have our ISP replace it with the most secure model made… and there has been indications that the hacker was trying to get in again. Whoever it was opened up the wireless (changing passwords and removing security) and was uploading and downloading huge amounts of information. When reported to the police, (like usual) they said that there was little they could do unless we could prove that they were downloading kiddie porn or something like that (which if reported would put US in jail – just having it come through your modem -possession- is against the law) and to report to them if we catch them trying again. They were hacking in through the cable interface and I found evidence that they’d been trying to hack my computer! So calling is a waste of time – like usual.

    Regarding Paul Harris (I refuse to use the name he chose for himself) – I think they were lenient. We get the Muslim-bashers on our campus and they disgust me – I’d rather be around my Muslim colleagues (a couple of whom have been friends) than around those hate-filled Bible-pounders any day! For one thing, they’re far more peaceful and gentle!

  • MRJ

    Thank You Ms. Reynardine.
    Kipling was a hoot.
    An alternate:
    An’ Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ Tommy filed fer rum… an’ Tommy fought the Guve’nor an’ now sits on ‘is bum.

    If your phone was messed with, and your FB account has been hacked, report it to your local FBI, and the DOJ.
    Computer/account hacking is a crime.

  • Reynardine

    MRJ, I like that.

    Anyone wondering, my Facebook account had to be closed, because it was hacked.

  • Gregory

    The judge sentenced him as Stephen Lennon, “although I suspect that is not actually your true name.’’

    Maybe our JasonAnnieEzraEugene problem isn’t unique.

  • Erika

    Its not hypocritical at all for these clowns – for them immigration laws only apply to non-whites, Hispanics, and Moslems.

  • The Sweet

    Geller recently said that she wants Israel to nuke Europe and Iran (the so-called “Samson Option”). So she’s no friend to Europe or Europeans, and it’s too cute by half to see these supposed European nationalists cozy up to her as if she were an ally, when she hates them as much as she does the Muslims, she’s just not quite as outspoken about it. I suspect Geller, Schlussel, et al secretly want every country that _isn’t_ Israel to be nuked.

  • MRJ

    An’ Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ Tommy sneaked an’ fawned… An’ Tommy’s in for ten whole months an’ Geller won’t post his bond.

  • Reynardine

    Tommy forged a passport
    Tommy lied a lot
    Now Tommy sits in gaol
    And we’ll watch Tommy rot.

  • CM

    “… a weak, sharia-compliant UK government.”

    Geller has officially left this planet. Maybe this galaxy.

  • Aron

    Because everyone knows, the only governments that have strict passport controls are the ones the Icky Muzzies* run!

    *I feel filthy for using that term, even as parody. I shall never do so again.