The picture above is a stark and shameful example of shoddy activism.
Britain First, the British far right nationalist party, went too far recently in their quest to ban the burqa -- a shroud wore by many Muslim women covering them from head to toe.
They just forgot two things: authenticity and logic.
The image the organization has so callously used was taken by Canadian photographer Lana Slezic and is that of the late Afghan Lt. Col. Malalai Kakar, who was shot dead by the Taliban in 2008.
Not only did they use the image without permission from the photographer, but they highly disrespected the subject of the photo.
Lt. Col. Kakar was a local legend and a heroine in Afghanistan. She fought for women’s rights and against extremism and terrorism and died on duty.
Using her photo in such a light, as Britain First did, dishonors her memory.
“Everything she stood for, everything she fought for, for herself, her family, her daughters and future of her country, everything has been desecrated by how Jacqui Lambie and Britain First have used this photograph," says Slezic.
"I was horrified because it’s a complete misrepresentation of the truth. It insults everything she stood for, it insults her and her family and suggests a story that is opposite of the truth. It is also an infringement of intellectual property."
Underhanded as their tactics may be, this is not the first time Britain First has done something extremely shameful.
Britain First stands for anti-immigration and anti-Islam and has been known to go about in Jeeps, wearing green "activist jackets" and handing out leaflets and Bibles to Muslim worshippers, invading mosques and conducting "Christian patrols" as part of their "Christian crusade" campaign. Their move is not only intolerant but it also dishonors Christianity.
Bradford's ord-mayor, Khadim Hussain, complains of Britain First representatives coming to his house and intimidating his daughters.
No more mosques: Britain First. West Midlands brigade activists outside Birmingham Central Mosque. LESSON 4 INDIA. pic.twitter.com/DFNN9xvB0g— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) August 14, 2014
LOOOOOL 'Britain First' think they're in some sort of War Movie. pic.twitter.com/3cGFHxVBkS— sully (@SullyR_) May 19, 2014
George Galloway, British politician and Respect Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford West, calls them fanatics. “Britain First has been given status as a political party and is standing candidates in council and European elections, rather than being proscribed for what it is, a gang of fanatics,” he said.
Jim Dowson, a former fundraiser for the British National Party who helped create Britain First, denies the allegations and once told IB Times UK: "The trucks aren't meant to scare people off, but the reality is there's some very dangerous people in that area, who have foreign combat experience in Syria."
Extremism and fanaticism should not be tolerated no matter what quarter it comes from, but generalization, assumptions and unethical means to tackle a problem are also wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right.