London: Fanatics from a banned Islamic hate group have reportedly launched a nationwide ‘poster campaign’ in Britain describing Christmas as an “evil” festival that is responsible for rape, teenage pregnancies, abortion, promiscuity, crime and paedophilia.
According to the Daily Mail, Islam4UK group launched the campaign with an intention to convert Christians to Islam in the UK.
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. They also include lines announcing the festive season as ``the evils of Christmas`` and also feature a message mocking the song the 12 Days of Christmas.
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.”
Twenty-seven-year-old Abu Rumaysah, the campaign`s organiser who once called for Sharia Law in Britain, has said that Christmas is a lie and as Muslims it is “our duty to attack it”.
Earlier this year, former home secretary Alan Johnson had banned Islam4UK group 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 soldiers.
However, the campaign was criticised by a number of Britons, including politicians.
Labour MP and anti racist campaigner Jim Fitzpatrick branded the posters ``extremely offensive`` and demanded that they should be immediately taken off.
Sister Christine Frost, founder of the East London Neighbours in Poplar charity, said she was extreme angry after seeing the posters.
“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,” she added.