Last December, I reported that the controversial U.S. pastor Terry Jones, who had planned a mass burning of the Koran last September 11, might be banned from Britain under incitement and national security laws.
On January 19, we learned that Pastor Jones has indeed been barred from entering the UK “for the public good,” as the British Home Office states.
Jones had been invited to speak in February to address the right-wing group England Is Ours.
UK “Opposes Extremism In All Its Forms”
From the BBC:
The Home Office said Mr Jones could not enter the UK as the government “opposes extremism in all its forms”.
Mr Jones told BBC Radio 5 live he would challenge the “unfair” decision and his visit could have been “beneficial”.
Mr Jones – who is pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, which has fewer than 50 members – came to prominence last September when he announced plans for his “International Burn a Koran Day”.
His plan was internationally condemned and sparked many demonstrations around the world before he eventually called off his protest.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Numerous comments made by Pastor Jones are evidence of his unacceptable behaviour.
“Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good.
“The use of exclusion powers is very serious and no decision is taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate.”
Jones Was Set To Speak Against The Expansion Of Islam
Apparently, Mr. Jones had also been planning to address a series of demonstrations against the expansion of Islam and the construction of mosques in the UK.
And he’s declaring that his visit could have been “beneficial”?
English Defence League Withdrew Its Offer
Interestingly, it was the right-wing English Defence League that originally had invited Mr. Jones to share his views on Islam at a rally in Luton, Bedfordshire, but they later withdrew their invitation. A spokesman stated that this was because of Jones’s views on homosexuality and race.
At least they, along with the Home Secretary Theresa May, have realized what the right course of action is.
A Man Full Of Hatred
How can this man call himself a pastor, a shepherd of all people, and yet be so full of hate?
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