Thursday, May 7, 2009

The list goes on and on

The list I'm referring to is the one published by UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. It includes some 22 people who would be denied entry to the UK on the grounds of fostering hatred and extremism. She is the official who earlier this year denied entry to Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who wanted to attend a viewing of his film Fitna in the UK House of Lords.

Only 16 of the names were released. About half of them are Muslim radicals. The remaining ones include white supremacists, a militant Israeli settler, anti-homosexual activists, and American Michael Savage, the host of the nationally-syndicated “Savage Nation” talk show.

According to Smith, Savage is "considered to be engaging in unacceptable behavior by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence." Savage has called the Koran a 'book of hate' and a 'document of slavery and chattel.'

Just how the list was generated is unclear: the two Russian skinheads are in jail, so presumably aren't planning to visit the UK. Savage, who said he had no plans either, is threatening to sue Smith for defamation for lumping him in with mass murderers. As UK libel laws notoriously favor the plaintiff, it will be interesting to see what happens if he does file suit.

Meanwhile, there is speculation that Smith might lose her job, for other reasons, if the Labour Party does poorly in the elections on June 4. (Thanks to CNS News.)

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