The UK Bans Two Prominent American Bloggers From Entering the Country
Mike Opelka, The Blaze, June 27, 2013
On Wednesday, two American citizens
were told that their opinions were a danger to the UK and as such, they
were banned from visiting the country.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, two outspoken American bloggers and pro-Israel activists were slated to speak this week at a rally for the English Defence League
in the United Kingdom (UK). But that’s not happening. Both Geller and
Spencer were denied entry into the UK by the Home Secretary’s office.
Among the reasons given, their presence is “not conducive to the public
According to documents sent to Geller and Spencer
(both of the letters were virtually identical), their denial was based
upon a perceived violation(s) of the British government’s “Unacceptable
Behaviour” policy. That policy states that the government can
expel/deport or deny entry to any non-UK national who violates the
policy by engaging in one of the “behaviours” on the list.
- Writing, producing, publishing or distributing material
- Public speaking including preaching
- running a website
- using a position of responsibility such as a teacher, community or youth leader
To express views that:
- foment or justify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs
- seek to provoke others to terrorist attacks
- foment other criminal activity or seek to promote others to commit serious criminal acts
- foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK
The backgrounds of the two banned
Americans were reviewed by the Home Secretary’s office and they were
told in crystal clear terms, “your presence here is not conducive to the
The official notice went on to
clarify, ”You are therefore instructed not to travel to the UK as you
will be refused admission on arrival.”
Spencer’s blog post titled, “Banned In Britain: UK Caves To Jihad,” carried identical reply messages regarding their interpretation of the ban.
In a striking blow against
freedom, the British government has banned us from entering the
country. Muhammad al-Arifi, who has advocated Jew-hatred, wife-beating,
and jihad violence, entered the U.K. recently with no difficulty. In not
allowing us into the country solely because of our true and accurate
statements about Islam, the British government is behaving like a de
facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is
If Geller and Spencer’s names sound
familiar to you, they are the driving force behind many campaigns to
educate people in America and around the world to the dangers of
“creeping sharia” and some of the motives behind the more militant
factions of Islam. They are regularly described as “extreme” and
“anti-Islam” by their opponents.
Last November, TheBlaze published a story
about their mass transit campaign that irritated many pro-Muslim
organizations like CAIR. The ad in question showed the World Trade
Center towers in flames along with quotes from the Quran.
Overnight, Ms. Geller provided answers to TheBlaze questions about the ban as well as the stated purpose of her visit to England;
I was going to lay flowers
at the site on Armed Forces day and I was banned. My crime? My
principled dedication to freedom. I am a human rights activist dedicated
to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and individual rights for
all before the law. I fiercely oppose violence and the persecution and
oppression of minorities under supremacist law. I deplore violence and
work for the preservation of freedom of speech to avoid violent
Geller pointed out that the UK banned
her without her being charged or convicted of any crime, “I became a
writer and activist in the wake of 911. For this I am banned. I shed no
tears. I am banned from Mecca, too.”
Concerning the charge by the Home
Secretary’s office that Geller and Spencer’s presence in the UK was “not
conducive to the public good”, Ms Geller also states;
It is painfully apparent
that the action of the British authorities will have the opposite effect
of what they had intended. They have lit a fuse. And instead of
allowing a respectful laying of flowers in memory of Lee Rigby on Armed
Forces day, they have given rise and sanction to poison like this: “IED threat to Britain as fanatic Anjem Choudary recruits vigilante squads” (Geller was pointing to a story from the Sun about radical muslim preacher Anjem Choudary and his recent call to create a network of “task forces” in the UK with the intention of meting out their own form of justice.)
We have posted a copy of Ms. Geller’s
letter below. As stated above, it is identical to the one received by
Mr. Spencer, only the names have been changed.
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