Paul Ray is a Counterjihad blogger who uses the name 'Lionheart'. He was originally known as Paul Cinato, which appears to be his real name, but went by the name Paul Andrews when he attempted to infiltrate the International Solidarity Movement.
Based in Dunstable, he claims to have been involved in establishing the English Defence League in nearby Luton in 2009.
Stop the ISM
According to Pamela Geller:
- One of our volunteers in the United Kingdom for Stop the ISM managed to infiltrate the ISM late last June in the Holy Land where the ISM operates in direct support of terrorists. Our volunteer (who prefers to remain anonymous to avoid retaliatory attacks) has had prior experience going undercover for the police in the UK. The photos and intelligence he brought back are proving invaluable to intelligence agencies watching the ISM and have been in official hands for over a month prior to this publication.
A statement by the International Solidarity Movement on this article and the accompanying photos stated:
- The article accompanying the photos also claims that the fifth, unnamed foreigner with the obscured face in the photos went undercover in order to try and sabotage those, such as the ISM, who support Palestinian non-violent resistance.
- At the time the photographs were taken, these individuals had not yet become ISM volunteers. They went to Jericho of their own volition without coordinating or discussing their plans with the International Solidarity Movement. They had not attended ISM’s mandatory intensive non-violence training and were new to the country. The fifth foreigner encouraged them to join him in the photographs and have their pictures taken holding guns. These individuals regrettably followed his advice.
In February 2007, Paul Ray published an account of the episode on his Lionheart blog. The accompanying photos, in which his face was no longer obscured, made it clear that Paul Cinato and Paul Ray were the same person.
- Now that the information is publicly available, I can reveal what Dymphna and I have known for a while: Lionheart is currently here in the USA.
- He’s in good hands. People are looking after him, and he’s considering the possibility of asking for asylum in this country, since he faces arrest for political reasons (i.e. for “stirring up racial hatred”) if he returns to England. It’s possible that a legal fund will be set up to help him, but I don’t have any definite word on that yet.
Later comments about "the founder of the EDL" by May's wife Dymphna may refer to Ray's presence in the US in this period:
- Back before the EDL, when he hid out here in the US (a few years back), the Baron and I supported him financially (we wuz "rich" then --i.e., full-time work). In addition, a fellow blogger gave him a condo to live in, rent free. On a golf course, no less!
Royal Anglian March
Tension rose in Luton after a protest by al-Muhajiroun at a homecoming parade of the Royal Anglian Regiment on 10 March 2009. Ray was involved in attempts to organise a counter-demonstration in the following weeks along with March for England and the United British Alliance.
English Defence League
- 2) The original EDL was instigated by myself coming together with members of UPL (United People of Luton) and other anti-Jihad activists around the country who had finally had enough of the danger posed to our local communities and the country as a whole. The name was taken, as an English equivalent of the Welsh Defence League that was already in place after someone came to me, knowing my intentions, and posed the question “what about setting up an English Defence League?”
- I agreed and things went from there and the group was formed. The original English Defence League was born in Luton by the people of Luton. It was initially formed in direct response to the Moslem anti-war protest by Al Muhajiroun in Luton due to the fact that a section of the local community had finally had enough of the militancy within their town and wanted action taken by the police and local government.
Differences within the EDL
By August 2009, Ray had fallen out with the EDL leadership according to The Times:
St George Division
- I am no longer an active participant of the current movement on the streets, but support the leadership of “Tommy Robinson” 100 percent. I have now set up my own branch of the EDL that comes under its own leadership structure called the St George division.
- English Defence League - former key member
- Lionheart (Still active as of October 2015, but mostly postings of relevant press articles rather than commentary)
- Richard Bartholomew, Paul Ray Identifies with Northern Ireland Loyalist Groups, Bartholomew's Notes on Religion, 23 October 2009.
- Richard Bartholomew, Johnny Adair to Help Paul Ray and Nick Greger Take over English Defence League?, Bartholomew's Notes on Religion, 8 June 2010.
- Duncan Gardham and James Orr, Oslo attacks: EDL member Paul Ray admits he may have been Anders Breivik's inspiration, The Telegraph, 29 July 2011.
- Norway police to question Anders Behring Breivik's British 'mentor', Telegraph, 23 August 2011.
- Police question right-wing extremists, Views and News from Norway, 25 August 2011.
- Norway killings: British 'mentor' says Anders Behring Breivik was not a lone wolf, Telegraph, 26 August 2011.
- Richard Barthomolemew, Paul Ray Reveals Details of 2009 EDL Planning Meetings, Bartholomew's Notes on Religion, 12 December 2011.
- Pamela Geller,Atlas and Lionheart on the Air Tuesday, Atlas Shrugs, 6 January 2007.
- Lee Kaplan, The ISM-Terror Connection, FrontPageMagazine.com, 13 September 2006.
- ISM Responds to Internet Photos, Reaffirms Commitment to Non-violence, International Solidarity Movement, 16 September 2006.
- Part 1 - "The International Solidarity Movement unmasked", Lionheart, 24 February 2007.
- Pamela Geller, ATLAS AND LIONHEART ON THE AIR TUESDAY, Atlas Shrugs, 6 January 2007.
- Online Radio interview, Lionheart, 6 July 2007.
- Web blogger faces 'racial incitement' arrest, Luton on Sunday, 12 January 2008, accesed via the Internet Archive.
- Let the Battle for the Heart & Soul of Great Britain commence!, Lionheart, 4 January 2008.
- My British Legal Representative, Lionheart, 4 January 2008.
- A Profile in Courage: An Interview with "Lionheart," The British Blogger in Hiding, by Phyllis Chesler, Pajamas Media, 9 January 2008, via the Internet Archive.
- Baron Bodissey, Asylum in the USA for Lionheart?, Gates of Vienna, 29 January 2008.
- Comment no. 34 by Dymphna in Baron Bodissey, An Open Letter to Pamela Geller (Updated #4), Gates of Vienna, 4 July 2011.
- Web logger seeks asylum in States, Luton and Dunstable Express, 16 February 2008, via the Internet Archive.
- Racial hatred arrest for internet blogger, by Jessica Cunniffe, Luton & Dunstable Express, 12 April 2008.
- Dale Hurd, Can Britain Survive Multiculturalism?, Christian Broadcasting Network, 13 November 2008.
- English “Patriots” Capitalise on Islamism, Batholomew's Notes on Religion, 26 March 2009.
- A voice of the pan-European resistance, Lionheart, 1 October 2009.
- Nico Hines and Costas Pitas, Far-right group, the English Defence League, in disarray after Birmingham fracas, 10 August 2009.
- A voice of the pan-European resistance, Lionheart, 1 October 2009.
- Nick Lowles and Simon Cressy, The BNP past of the EDL leader, Searchlight, 23 June 2010.