Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are prominent "anti-Islamisation" campaigners. They co-founded anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America.
A UK government spokesman said individuals whose presence "is not conducive to the public good" could be excluded by the home secretary.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were due to speak at an English Defence League march in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
solution: really big screen, internet hookup and really loud sound system. no excuse for not speaking at the march. this IS the 21st century and governments cant stop it.
now go do it.
I've heard Pamela Geller speak, and to be quite honest, she strikes me as bigot. Anyone and anything affiliated with Islam automatically equates into either being a jihadist, a terrorist or supporting terrorists. A narrow minded, myopic view of the world. On the other hand, even bigots have the right of free speech.
Kind of like Geert Wilders trial for making the film Fitna. You may or may not like what he has to say, but the minute we start repressing freedom of expression, we've given up one of the most valuable rights of modern civilization.
I like matt warren's idea. A large screen, internet hookup, and loudspeakers. And, if you don't like what they have to say, openly criticize it. But at least let them say it. I find prior restraint of speech an anathema to freedom.
The UK government also banned Geert Wilders from entering the country some years ago. It might be called pandering to militant Islam and there are many other examples of such governmental policy.
Islamisation is a legitimate issue and therefore the government is overstepping democracy in banning the American bloggers from entry. The legal basis for the decision, that the bloggers statements would foster hatred and lead to inter-community violence, allows so-called anti-fascists and militant islamists to coerce the government by intimidation and threats of violence. This is unacceptable.
British society still remembers that the country stood alone against German and Italian Fascism for a time before the USA and USSR joined the fight in what became the second world war. British anti-fascism has handicapped proper response to legitimate issues such Islamisation ever since. It is time for the British people to forget this historical pretense and stand up for themselves and allow fair discussion of this and other issues.
The new right wing of European politics has nothing to do with mid-twentieth century fascism. It is a response to current events and legitimate contemporaneous issues. Likewise, Tommy Robinson and the English Defence League are a response to Islamic atrocities and Islamisation of their country and they have a democratic right to be heard.
Accordingly, a legal challenge to the British governments banning of the American bloggers should be launched and should succeed with proper legal representation.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson arrested;
It is arguable that the arrest was wrongful at law giving Robinson the right to sue the Police for wrongful arrest because they were not 'marching' contrary to an order prohibiting them from marching near a mosque.
Furthermore, the arrest was an attack on democratic freedom and might breach article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights which protects liberty and freedom of the individual.