EDL "terrorise" Legoland staff over Muslim family day out

The Daily Mail was labelled “hateful” by Muslim organisations for its coverage of the episode

05 Mar 2014
(Image: LEGOLAND Windsor Resort)

(Image: LEGOLAND Windsor Resort)

A day out for Muslim families at the childrens’ theme park Legoland in Windsor was cancelled last week after multiple threats were received from far-right groups. The Daily Mail was labelled “hateful” by Muslim organisations for its coverage of the episode.

According to press reports members from the English Defence League and a splinter group known as Casuals United had both threatened to protest at the day-out, which was organised by the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF), and had sent threatening letters to MRDF offices as well as staff at Legoland.

A spokesperson for MRDF told Index: “They terrorised staff at Legoland, staff at MRDF and aimed to terrorise children and families on the day of the event.” He added: “Several articles in the national press helped fuel further hatred and resentment.”

The event, which was due to go ahead on 9 March, was cancelled after Legoland and MRDF consulted with the local police. “The owners of Legoland made the decision to cancel the event in consultation with the MRDF”, a police spokesperson told Index

The police are known to be investigating several malicious messages sent by members of the EDL and Casuals United in the run-up to the cancellation. “Thames Valley Police can confirm it is investigating reports of offences committed under the Malicious Communications Act (1988),” said the spokesperson. They confirmed that the investigation related to several social media messages sent in the days leading up to the cancellation.

It is understood from sources at Legoland that the Anti-Fascist League, who had planned a counter-demonstration against the EDL and Casuals United, was also considered a threat to the peaceful day out.

Fierce criticism has been levelled at trustee and chairman of the MRDF, Haitham al-Haddad, an Islamist preacher, over allegations of being anti-Semitic, homophobic and in favour of female genital mutilation. Al-Haddad describes himself as a Muslim community leader and television presenter, of Palestinian origin. He sits on the boards of advisors for several Islamic organisations in the United Kingdom, including the Islamic Sharia Council. He is the chair and operations advisor, and a trustee, for the Muslim Research and Development Foundation. Al-Haddad, who is outspoken in his criticism of British foreign policy, has been banned from speaking at a number of British universities because of his alleged views.

The MRDF, based in East London, undertakes research and publishing programmes, corporate retreats and development programmes, organises conferences, seminars and lecture tours and analysis of news, information and media material.

Grassroots far-right group the English Defence League had planned to hold protests outside the theme park if the day went ahead. In a press release on their website, they described al-Hatham as a “known hate preacher,” who “thinks Jews and gays should be killed, Israel destroyed, unbelievers converted or killed, women beaten into house slaves…and Osama Bin Laden should be held in high esteem.”

A spokesperson from Legoland told Index: “This was about lots of families having a day out. The park is closed from November to March and we open for private events. This one had no alcohol and halal food available, alongside non-halal. Other than that it was a normal event.” The spokesperson also added: “Anyone was able to buy these tickets – it was not a Muslim-only day.”

Legoland said 9000 tickets were available but it was unclear how many had been sold at the time the event was cancelled. Their spokesperson also confirmed that MRDF had paid a fee to hire the park exclusively. MRDF was responsible for selling tickets to their own members.

In a separate statement released on their website, Legoland made clear that they believed the far-right groups should be blamed for the event cancellation: “Sadly it is our belief that deliberate misinformation fuelled by a small group with a clear agenda was designed expressly to achieve this outcome.” The statement added: “We are appalled at what has occurred, and at the fact that the real losers in this are the many families and children who were looking forward to an enjoyable day out at LEGOLAND.”

The Daily Mail has also been slammed in an open letter to their editor, Paul Dacre, over “hateful” coverage of the events leading up to the cancellation.

In a piece written by columnist Richard Littlejohn on Tuesday 18 February, titled “Jolly jihadi boys’ outing to Legoland”, Muslim groups say the paper “deployed hateful Muslim stereotypes” and “used slurs commonly found in racist and far-right websites.”

The article referenced a coach that would be “packed with explosives” and that might “blow up” after stopping in Parliament Square. At Legoland, guests would be “reminded that music and dancing are punishable by death”. Later, girls would be expected “to report to the Kingdom of the Pharaohs for full FGM inspection” while boys would “report to the Al-Aqsa recruiting tent outside the Land of the Vikings for onward transportation to Syria.”

The letter of complaint was published by the Muslim Council of Britain, and co-signed by more than twenty five other Muslim organisations.

This article was posted on March 5, 2014 at

9 responses to “EDL “terrorise” Legoland staff over Muslim family day out”

  1. neveryoumind says:

    im a muslim and all you guys are racist we love to be in your kind of areas but you guys just start complaining why are these people here there taking over england no where not you people are starting wars like EDL because you guys dont like us people but im only 14 and i understand that you guys just pretend to be kind but in reality your not

  2. Gerard says:

    Poking fun at the true nature of Islam, absolutely shameless!

  3. tony says:

    these people hate us ! there vile religion is not welcome in our country! do legoland not care about lee rigbys parents obviously not!

  4. Liz says:

    @ Dan – how is a private function at a theme park an attack on Christianity or Britsh culture? Presumably you know Lego is a Danish company.

  5. Jonte says:

    I don´t like to think of children being denied a day out but why could they not share it with the rest of the country. No, not Muslims, they never miss a chance to show that they are different and to maintain their separation from the British people, whose country they reside in so unhappily.

    To be frank, Muslims exceeded the level at which I felt sick a long time ago. Moaning and whining about every aspect of British life and never missing an opportunity to do so but remarkably silent when Muslim outrages are perpetrated against our people, our children and our country.

    We have their leaders laughing at our benefits system which they openly exploit, referring to the Quran which describes a tax which should be paid by all infidels.

    Many Muslims who were considered quite ordinary by many suddenly upped and supported the vile murder of Lee Rigby.

    It is as clear as the nose on your face that Muslims and anyone else just don´t mix and the government should give up trying to do so before a war of sorts breaks out.

    Only the Mail seems to understand that suppressing news of Muslim wrong doing is destructive because eventually the truth leaks out and is accompanied with resentment.

    If Muslims want to go to LEGOLAND, then let them go with us white honkies or do they really find us so repulsive.

  6. Joe Bloggins says:

    This site may see itself as the voice of free expression, yet it falls back on the same old tactics of most media with an agenda – i.e. while anyone opposing immigration, Muslim extremists, etc, are referred to as ‘far right’, their opponents are referred to as ‘anti-fascists’. Why not ‘far left’?

    What kind of mentality opposes the likes of the EDL on one hand while on the other have no qualms about the organiser of this ‘family day out’ and his hateful extremist views? The far left, that’s who.

    Despite Legoland’s claim that it isn’t a Muslim-only day, one would have to ask why they need events that are specifically aimed at them? Why is it ok for them to want to mix with their own kind, yet if we were to do it then we’d be accused of failing to integrate with others – cue the usual far left buzzwords such as ‘neo-Nazi, far right racists’, etc. Never has there been one occasion when a so-called anti-racist has ever taken a black, Asian or Muslim extremist to task for their views. Not once! And that goes for those lefties who write articles condemning racism, yet go deaf, dumb and blind whenever it’s practised by non whites. The Guardian is just one case in point. They openly celebrate unfettered immigration and its effects – i.e. several towns and cities now having a non-white population. Only a self-hating idiot who hated his own kind would celebrate the race-replacement of his own people.

    • Gerard says:

      ‘What kind of mentality opposes the likes of the EDL on one hand while on the other have no qualms about the organiser of this ‘family day out’ and his hateful extremist views? The far left, that’s who.’

      Answer the self imposed collective deception of ‘politic correctness’ !

  7. dan bolton says:

    for far too long islamists have attacked our culture and Christian religion in britian, and political correctness lables us racist for speaking out about islam…..people of Britain are sick of our countries politicians inabilities to tackle issues within islams ideology…
    LEGOLAND was leased out for the day by a hate preacher? whos hell bent on creating segregation and religious hatred….
    islam needs to reform and adapt to freedom and integrate with the laws of the country they settle in…..all man made laws should come first before some laws of a god which no proof they exist….allah is mad made in your heads as well as all gods….
    well done edl…ashame on the moderate muslims who wanted to take their kids out to Windsor for a brainwashing day by a hate preacher…