Cii News/MailOnline | 15 January 2013
A planning lawyer and self-styled ‘mosque buster’ claims he is fighting to stop the ‘tide of Islam’ by successfully blocking plans for the building of mosques across the UK.
Gavin Boby, once linked to the far-right English Defence League, boasts he has already blocked plans for 16 out of 17 mosques being built.
Under the banner of the Law and Freedom Foundation, he calls for people to come to him for free professional legal help in opposing mosque proposals and claims that Islam encourages paedophilia, sexual abuse and pimping.
He claims to help followers resist planing applications for mosque developments by raising opposition with councils.
The 48-year-old says in a video posted online: ‘If anyone out there knows of an application for a new mosque, a cultural centre for some phoney community centre or some multi-faith inter-faith harmony institute then let me know.’
Mr Boby, from Bristol, runs a planning consultancy but also provides legal assistant for those who oppose mosque developments, according to the Sunday Times.
On the foundation website he claims to have stopped the construction of 16 out of 17 mosques in total.
These include mosques in York, Blackpool, Bolton, Ealing and one in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, which was to replace ‘the beautiful old Jolly Sailor Pub’, according to the site.
Mr Boby reportedly launched the service with a mock-up of the Ghostbusters logo – swapped for Mosquebusters – in which the ghost was replaced by hate preacher Abu Hamza.
Vacancies for volunteers were posted on the EDL website.
EDL has since endorsed the Law and Freedom Foundation, saying it is a ‘great organisation’ on Twitter and referring its followers who have a proposed mosque in their area to Mr Boby.
In the website’s ‘about section’ it explains the three threats to the survival of state authority in Britain and Europe.
The third, it reads, is : ‘Ethnic division, particularly between Islamic and non-Islamic society, and the violence at the heart of Islamic doctrine. This is the most visible problem, and the one that people will blame.
‘Political and intellectual elites are undermining law or freedom. So we need to take what action we can to preserve them ourselves.’
Mr Boby has written an online guide that show how local citizens can make a legal case against mosques.
In the guide it reads: ‘Let councils know that they’re on the hook for their decisions. Be relentless. Push.’
He also suggests opposing an Islamic centre on the grounds of ‘parking congestion’, ‘disturbance’ and ‘community relations’.
His advice is rooted in legal arguments, as he continues to suggest emphasising the proposed project will ’cause unacceptable pollution’ from traffic and is a hazard to schoolchildren as it will ‘bring outsiders with no connection to the area’.
He appears to be driven by an apparent ideological hatred of Islam, referring in a video posted on YouTube to recent sex abuse cases, and claims mosques are ‘not like churches’ and are instead used to instruct followers to commit acts of paedophilia, sexual abuse and pimping.
He says: ‘Islamic doctrine permits, encourages and to a certain extent mandates Muslim men to take non-Muslim women as slaves to be used for sex.
‘In order to stop the Islamic doctrine, which is the root of this problem, you have to prevent further mosques from being built.’
Councils contacted by the Sunday Times said Mr Boby had not been instrumental in blocking the development of local mosques.
Mr Boby told MailOnline: ‘I are (sic) extremely proud that, when these concerned neighbourhoods approach us for help, we enable them to use the laws and consultation procedures that exist for their protection.’
A spokesman for the EDL said: ‘We support his organisation wholeheartedly and send many people from different communities with different issues concerning mosques in their area.’
With a number of proposed mosques suffering setbacks in recent months, ENGAGE, a company founded to help empower and encourage British Muslims within local communities said it hopes profiles such as those on the Law and Freedom Foundation spur local British authorities to look to the role of agitators and ideologues when appraising mosque applications.