"Two prominent US bloggers have been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office has said.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer co-founded anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America.
They were due to speak at an English Defence League march in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
A government spokesman said individuals whose presence 'is not conducive to the public good' could be excluded by the home secretary.
He added: 'We condemn all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form.'
Ms Geller, of the Atlas Shrugs blog, and Mr Spencer, of Jihad Watch, are also co-founders of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, best known for a pro-Israel 'Defeat Jihad' poster campaign on the New York subway."
On his website, "Jihad Watch," Spencer shows us the letter he received from the UK's Home Office, which bars his entry into the UK. The letter, dated June 25, 2013, states in relevant part:
"You are reported to have stated the following:
- '. . . it [Islam] is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers for the purpose for establishing a societal mode that is absolutely incompatible with Western society because media and general government unwillingness to face the sources of Islamic terrorism these things remain largely unknown.'
. . . .
You are therefore instructed not to travel to the UK as you will be refused admission on arrival."
Query: Is Bill Maher also being banned from entering the UK? Consider the following interchange between Bill Maher and Brian Levin, director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, following the Boston Marathon bombing:
"Could they do the 'Book of Islam' on Broadway?" No way.
Now consider the hate speech of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who calls Jews "blood-suckers" and "descendants of pigs and apes":
Hate speech? You bet! There is no way of knowing if Morsi's regime will survive the protests planned for this coming Sunday (see: http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Two-killed-in-Egypt-street-clashes-as-Mursi-readies-speech-317848), but was there ever talk of banning his entry into the UK?
And ignoring the belief system of Islam for just a moment, what does the home secretary have to say about Patrick Mercer's description of a young girl serving in the Israeli army?:
"You look like a bloody Jew." My goodness, she was wearing open-toed sandals! Hate speech? No doubt. But Jews today are fair game, whereas Islam is off limits.
Have I also been barred from entering the UK? Am I also "not conducive to the public good"? I can only wonder . . .