Thursday, 9 October 2014

Britain First share ‘true’ Ayatollah quote to spread hate

We have documented how many far-right groups and organisations have passed off information purporting it to be true when it was actually false, made-up, or just fabricated.

Britain First is now also on our list.

They shared a supposed quote from Ayatollah Khomeini, claiming he said that: “A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate vaginally, but sodomising the child is acceptable...”

Before we go further it is important to note that Khomeini was an Iranian leader, and is not the ‘current leader of Iran’ as Britain First wrote. He died in 1989.

So moving on, as we are sceptics, we did some research on the quote in question. It is claimed that it came from the ‘fourth edition’ of his book Tahrirolvasyleh (also known as Tahrir al Wasilah).

But we found out that there is actually little proof that this was ever said.

On forums, some critics said that the ‘fourth volume’ mentioned as reference doesn’t exist, or that the quotes given were deliberate mistranslations or forgeries (the book was supposedly translated from Arabic to Farsi too).

What we do know is that the quotes started circulating on the web. And the only thing that we find on the net are unsourced quotes, which makes it hard for anyone to confirm it was true. There are no page copies and no PDFs of the book in question.

Yet, Britain First claimed this was a ‘true quote’ to all their supporters.

Note: You may also like to read our other articles that expose various right-wing groups and sites who have tried deliberately manipulating, or making up information, to further their cause. Please find links below.

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