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Blumer on the British Ban

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The British Authorities have banned us from the whole ecountry on the
grounds that our  presence in the United Kingdom would not be “conducive
to the public good“. On the contrary, Secretary May. I submit to you that
freedom of speech and freedom of conscience is most conducive to the public good. It is essential to the public good.

Tom Blumer has a superb post on the British Home Secretary’s barring of Robert Spencer and me from Britian.

Banned From Britain: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer Tom Blumer, Newsbusters

Pamela Geller announced
at her Atlas Shrugs blog Wednesday morning that “the British government
has banned us (herself and fellow Stop Islamization of America activist
Robert Spencer) from entering the country … 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 dead.” She has posted
the letter (Page 1; Page 2)
from the British Home Office Secretary (UK’s equivalent of our Homeland
Security) telling her that her presence would not be “conducive to the
public good.”

A later post
at Geller’s blog has a collection of press reports which readers should
review for the predictable signs of bias. One which isn’t there is from
the Associated Press, written by James Brooks (bolds are mine):

US ANTI-ISLAM ACTIVISTS BANNED FROM ENTERING UK

Two American anti-Islam activists were banned Wednesday from entering Britain following reports they were planning to speak at a far-right rally this weekend.

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, who founded the organization Stop
the Islamization of America, had been planning to attend an English
Defense League march in London.

The Home Office said in a statement that Speller and Geller were
“subject to an exclusion decision” and would not be allowed to enter the
U.K.

“The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual if she
considers that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the
public good,” it said.

… Spencer and Geller were due to attend an EDL march Saturday to
mark Armed Forces Day. The march was set to finish in the London
neighborhood where soldier Lee Rigby was killed last month by alleged Islamic extremists.

Spencer said in an email that the Home Office’s decision amounts to “craven capitulation.”

Matthew Collins, a spokesman from anti-racism campaigners Hope
Not Hate, who had opposed Spencer and Geller entering the Britain, said
his group was “absolutely delighted” by the Home Office’s decision.

“Free speech doesn’t give you a right to incite hatred against people,” Collins said.

… Spencer and Geller are best known in the U.S. for their opposition
to the construction of a mosque near the ground zero site in New York.

Hope Not Hate is celebrating at its home page with the word “BANNED” covering a picture of Geller and Spencer.

SOIA’s Facebook “about” page
says it “is a human rights organization dedicated to free speech,
religious liberty and individual rights.” Radical Islam is most
certainly not dedicated to those things.

Wikipedia’s page on SOIA says that it’s “an American anti-Islam/anti-Muslim (Islamophobic) organization.”

The oh-so-objective people at Wikipedia say its SOIA page is “Part of a
series on Islamophobia.” It identifies all of seven “specific
incidents” spread over at least seven years allegedly blamed on
Islamophobia.

The latest tally at ReligionOfPeace.com tells us that Islamic terrorists have carried out 21,127 deadly terror attacks since 9/11.

Geller frequently points out examples of people with radical Islamic
ties who travel freely and frequently to and from Britain. But she
can’t.

Meanwhile, the UK Sun reports
that “HATE preacher Anjem Choudary is backing a Muslim group that stood
accused last night of stoking vigilante violence on Britain’s streets.”
The idea is “to create a network of “task forces” to redress wrongs and
mete out instant justice.”

It seems like the Home Secretary has security-related concerns which
are far more important than a couple of people exercising their
God-given rights of freedom of speech and expression.

Geller appears to be right. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta really is dead.

Great stuff here as well:

Dear British Home Secretary I formally request to be excluded from England

The UK slips to a new low…bars Pamela Geller and … – Ruthfully Yours

How to Make Friends By Being Mean To Them Richard Fernandez, PJ Media

They should have just said they were members of Hezbollah… Samizdata

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