UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she decided to make public the names of 16 people banned from that nation since October, reported the UK Independent.
The list includes hate preachers, anti-gay protesters and Michael Savage.
“This is someone who has fallen into the category of fomenting hatred, of such extreme views and expressing them in such a way that it is actually likely to cause inter-community tension or even violence if that person were allowed into the country,” Smith told BBC Breakfast. “I think it’s important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it’s a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won’t be welcome in this country.”
Savage tells RBR: “Darn! And I was just planning a trip to England for their superior dental work. Is this what “Liberalism” has come to? Grouping non-violent speech with the actions of terrorists and mass-murderers? I am seeking legal advice as to suing her for defamation.”
Also named are American Baptist pastor Fred Waldron Phelps Snr and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper, who have picketed the funerals of Aids victims and claimed the deaths of US soldiers are a punishment for US tolerance of homosexuality. Hamas MP Yunis Al-Astal, Jewish extremist Mike Guzovsky, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Stephen Donald Black and neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe are also on the list released.
Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky, the former leaders of a violent Russian skinhead gang which committed 20 racially motivated murders, are also banned from coming to Britain. Both are currently in prison, said the article.
Making up the rest of the 16 named by the Home Office are preachers Wadgy Abd El Hamied Mohamed Ghoneim, Abdullah Qadri Al Ahdal, Safwat Hijazi and Amir Siddique, Muslim activist Abdul Ali Musa (previously Clarence Reams), murderer and Hezbollah terrorist Samir Al Quntar and Kashmiri terror group leader Nasr Javed.
Said the UK Daily Mail: “Savage told the San Francisco Chronicle that being included in such a crowd is no laughing matter – and he is now preparing legal action against Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
‘This lunatic…is linking me up with Nazi skinheads who are killing people in Russia; she’s putting me in a league with Hamas murderers who kill Jews on buses,’ he said. ‘I have never advocated violence. I’ve been on the air 15 years. My views may be inflammatory, but they’re not violent in any way.’
He said he has been defamed and endangered by the British government action. ‘She has painted a target on my back, linking me with people who are in prison for killing people,’ he said. ‘Does she not think people might hunt me down?’
Savage said he has had no contact with the British government or with Smith’s office and has no idea how he ended up on the Home Secretary’s list.”
TRN supplied a piece by Ben Shapiro that best summarizes both the situation between Savage and The Gordon Brown government.
We also have an official statement following, regarding this issue from a TRN spokesman:
SAVAGE’S BADGE OF HONOR
The British government’s decision to ban Michael Savage from entering the UK based on his political viewpoint and opposition to the global domination of Islamic shariah law puts Savage in the same company as Winston Churchill, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the same company as Neville Chamberlain. Savage, the recipient of the Talkers Magazine 2007 Freedom of Speech Award (Al Franken is a former winner), is an ardent advocate for liberty and freedom and the leading opponent of global Islamofascism.
During the 1930s, Neville Chamberlain pursued a policy of appeasement that brought Europe to its knees before Adolf Hitler. Even as Hitler planned his domination of the globe, the British Broadcasting Company banned Winston Churchill, Hitler’s leading political opponent, from the radio. Even after the beginning of World War II, the BBC censored Churchill, considering him too inflammatory in his description of the Germans.
Today, as Britain gradually kowtows to Islamofascism in the form of domestic acceptance of shariah law and radical Muslim rallies, they seek to censor Michael Savage in the same way they censored Churchill. By placing Savage on the same list as representatives of Islamic terrorists and Neo-Nazis, the Brown government has attempted to draw moral equivalence between those groups that speak out against Chamberlain-esque appeasement of Islamofascism, and the appeasers and Islamofascists themselves This moral equivalence is utterly false, and worse, it is dangerous not only to free speech values but to the continued freedom of the West against those who would seek to enslave it. Brown will be listed in the history books alongside Chamberlain as an appeaser of tyranny and Savage will be listed alongside Churchill as an advocate of liberty.
Today’s Gordon Brown-led British government is as appeasement-oriented as its 1930s predecessor:
· According to the Telegraph, just last week the leader of the radical Islamofascist group Hizb ut-Tahrir held a rally in London in which he called on his followers to support “jihad” against Israel. Four years ago, Tony Blair promised to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir from Britain.
· According to the Telegraph, last month the British government, led by Brown, was forced under pressure to deny entry to Ibrahim Moussawi. Until Conservative opposition arose, the Brown government had been prepared to admit Moussawi to speak at the University of London. Moussawai describes suicide bombers as “martyrs” and calls Jews “a lesion on the forehead of history.”
· According to the The Sunday Times (September 14, 2008), “Islamic law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases. The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence.”
“Considering the historical position of past liberal British administrations, radio personality Michael Savage finds himself in the best of historical company with Winston Churchill, based on the position that the Gordon Brown government has taken towards Savage today,” said a spokesman for Talk Radio Network. “Winston Churchill claimed that in the years leading up to World War II, he was banned from the BBC for a period of up to eight years. He was put into political exile where he was labeled ‘an extremist’ at a time his voice and free speech was needed most. This attempt at marginalizing Savage and Savage’s free speech is no less egregious than what Churchill experienced in the hands of Chamberlain’s government. It simply validates how history does repeat itself when history’s lessons are not learned by leaders of the modern age.
“The American way is sustained by the lynch pin of freedom of speech. TRN’s position towards all of its hosts is that of the classical liberal who says, ‘even though I might disagree with you completely, I will fight to the last breath to defend your right to speak freely.’ Sadly, the Brown government veers away from this, abandoning Britain’s principles and departing from the position of its own people.”