Showing Moral Courage: Tommy Robinson

[June 2, 2018]  Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) is a British activist and journalist who exposes the downside of Islamic immigration in Europe.  He recently came to prominence worldwide when he was arrested and jailed for reporting on a rape trial of Muslims in Leeds, England.

Apparently, in England, the courts can ban the public from knowing about trials if members of the court consider media reporting to be prejudicial to the trial.  There are protections for journalists in the U.S. for this, but not in England.  What is of interest to the rest of us in free countries is that most of the media and politicians are okay with this.

This is why I’m highlighting the actions of Tommy Robinson as a man with the moral courage to stand up and let the public know about what is happening in their own backyard where Islamic grooming gangs1 have multiplied without much police interference.  For his reporting, rumor has it that he does it with a bit of flair, he undoubtedly shows us what moral courage is all about.

The courts have imposed a press blackout on Robinson’s arrest and apparent jailing.  This is unusual for us in the U.S. where such secrecy would be seen as anti-democratic both Constitutionally and ethically.  In a stroke of folly, reporters in the U.S. support Tommy Robinson’s arrest and jail sentencing.

For this reason alone, that the U.S. media supports his arrest and jailing, that I want to bring attention to this episode.  To label him as an extreme rightwing crazy is their first step as they fall in behind a government of Britain; which has something awful to hide (the rise of Muslim grooming gangs).  It is unfortunate that the media is not reporting on him.  Unlike Robinson, they lack the moral courage to do so.

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.” – Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

Some say that this is an example of what they call the Suicide of Europe.2  Today we lack the moral courage that Ronald Reagan spoke about.  What this does for the future of Western culture is unknown.  It will take national-level leadership to lift us up out of the malaise we now are experiencing.

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  1. http://quillette.com/2018/03/14/britains-grooming-gang-crisis/
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21 thoughts on “Showing Moral Courage: Tommy Robinson

  1. Albert Ayer

    Good article today, Gen Satterfield. Thank you for keeping us on top of leadership topics that really matter.

  2. Danny Burkholder

    Tommy Robinson is fighting openly against the SJW phenomenon and being punished for speaking out. I hope the U.S. is not headed in this direction like the UK.

    1. Jerome Smith

      You got that right. I stand by him. If I were in the UK, you would see me literally standing by him to shine a bright light on what the British govt is hiding.

  3. Mr. T.J. Asper

    My theme for next week in the classroom will be moral courage.

    1. Ronny Fisher

      I am happy that there is somebody who is teaching our young how to be “good citizens.” It seems like all our teachers at all levels are more worried about “social justice” than the difference in right and wrong. And you don’t have to be a religious person to see what the PC ideology is doing to our younger citizens who soak up the propaganda like the Nazi Goebbels predicted.

  4. Kenny Foster

    Thank you Eric for the link and good comments by all. I personally have found moral courage to be difficult but if you practice it enough (standing up for what is right) then you get used to the pressure from others to back down.

    1. Watson Bell

      I agree, moral courage must be practiced, discussed, and thought about. All leaders (all people) should be thinking of what they would do in certain circumstances that requires standing out from the crowd. Good topic today, Gen Satterfield.

    2. Georgie M.

      Practice, practice, practice … that is always what I say about doing something that is important and you want to get better at it.

  5. Gil Johnson

    Good article on a contemporary topic and much appreciated. Thank you Gen Satterfield.

  6. Max Foster

    A great topic that has been written about not often enough. Like others have said, moral courage is hard and that is why it is so rare.

  7. Lynn Pitts

    Good blog article today Gen Satterfield. This short series on moral courage is encouraging; especially so when you show young people. Too many young people today are generally lacking in this leader quality.

  8. Army Captain

    Showing moral courage is more difficult than showing physical courage.

    1. Bill Sanders, Jr.

      This is not a well known issue. Most people think that physical courage is most difficult.

  9. Janna Faulkner

    I agree with Jonathan that your occasional writings on specific people who display an unusual degree of moral courage is a good thing and worthwhile to read. What I would like to see also is more of a listing of those who do so and thus more people found in the news. Thanks for another good blog post, Gen Satterfield.

  10. Jonathan B.

    I like your series on “moral courage” and would like to see more of these examples. I also use them in my daily meetings with employees. But a key part of moral courage is actually knowing that you are actually standing up for something that is, in fact, good. The idea of “good” has been stood on its head.

    1. Len Jakosky

      Well said, I think too we should see more on what is “right”.

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