READING RACE ROW

The Mean Fiddler ban The Twelve Tribes after it emerges that they preach race segregation...

READING FESTIVAL promoters MEAN FIDDLER have banned a Christian Fundamentalist group from running a cafe on the site after it emerged that they preach anti-Semitism and race segregation.

The Twelve Tribes sect had applied to run a cafe as a recruiting base at Reading (August 25 – 28) in the same way as they did at Glastonbury (June 23-25). The Common Ground, serving mainly vegetarian food and open 24 hours a day, proved to be one of the most popular venues on the vast site.

However, an article in the Guardian newspaper on Monday (July 3) revealed the true nature of the group. It has emerged that they passed out literature labelling Jews “murderers” while Alien Ant, their official magazine, argued in favour of racial segregation saying “multiculturalism increases murder, crime and prejudice”.

Reading organisers announced that Twelve Tribes would not be present but stopped short of completely denouncing the sect.

The Mean Fiddler has always believed that music events should not be used by organisations to preach religious or political beliefs at attendees regardless of the content of those beliefs,” they said. “In accordance with this policy, both the Twelve Tribes and ‘Common Ground’ cafe have had their application for the festival rejected.”

The Twelve Tribes have yet to make an official statement.

The movement was established in Tennesse in 1970. They now number some 25 ‘communities’ in the US, South America, Australia and Europe – including Stentwood Farm in Devon.

Their view that Jews “murdered” Jesus Christ is a long-standing tenet of Christian anti-Semitism and has prompted fears of links to white supremacists in the US.