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    Banned in Britain

    By Kyle | May 5, 2009

    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,” Ms Smith told BBC Breakfast.

    Is she talking about Yusuf “Cat Stevens” Islam (who is so proud of his faith he is now going by the name Yusuf) who supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie? No, she is talking about radio host Michael Savage, who according to The Indy over in London shares a place on a least-wanted list with neo-Nazis, KKK types and Islamist terrorists/murderers. Has the UK learned nothing from the absurd Canadian Follies of the Mark Steyn trial? Britain, of course, has no First Amendment, which if all other things were equal would prove its basic inferiority to the USA.

    Topics: Europe, Politics, Radio | 13 Comments »

    13 Responses to “Banned in Britain”

    1. Brandon Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

      It all seems a bit…I don’t fascist. I don’t like Michael Savage and think the guy is a raving loon but he’s certainly not nearly as damaging to the UK as Gordon Brown.

      All of this suggest there is a collectivist mindest in England you must comply to and if you do not you are not welcome. Thought police anyone?
      Also does this mean his show can’t be aired or just he cannot enter the country? The story I read wasn’t real clear on that.

    2. JohnFNWayne Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

      I’ve banned Michael Savage from my radio. Doesn’t mean he deserves to be banned from a country. Scary when governments think they can close the doors based on “inter-community tension.”

    3. Brandon Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

      I wonder if we might see similar action from Janet Napolitano?

    4. kishke Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

      Will they be deporting the British Muslims who demonstrate with openly anti-Semitic signs, and shout “Death to the Jews?”

    5. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      Kishke, the Brits banned hatemongers of every stripe, not just one loathsome wingnut: crazed Jewish zionists, rabid Islamic fundamentalists, Russian neo-Nazis, and homophobic American churchmen.

      h, and Kyle: Cat Stevens never supported the fatwa against Rushdie and he donated song royalties to the victims of 9/11. Where do you get your facts from, Rush Limbaugh?

      Good call on banning Savage from Britain.

    6. Christian Toto Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

      Score one for the thought police!

    7. Brandon Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 5:44 pm


      As a professed Libertarian and an artist you have to be somewhat unsettled by the idea of banning a person for their words and thoughts…right?

      If it’s banning him from entering the country I don’t think it’s a huge deal. We do that with our watch list. However if it’s banning his opinions from being heard (ie his radio show) that’s a bit heavy on the social engineering side for my liking plus it’s a form of state control over the media by not allowing those who choose to carry his show to carry it.

    8. kyle Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

      Hunter, on Yusuf Islam: Want to bet?

    9. kishke Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

      I’m talking about British Muslims, not foreigners wanting to enter the country. During the Gaza war, for example, there were Muslim demonstrators carrying signs calling for death to the Jews. I didn’t see a single news story about any of the demonstrators being prosecuted for hate crimes. Presumably b/c none were.

    10. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

      It is against the law in Britain to incite crowds to violence by using hate speech, Kishke. Arrests are commonplace and would hardly make the US national news.

    11. Rebecca B Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

      So we’ll just take Hunter’s word that Brits (Muslim or otherwise) who incite hate against Jews are commonly arrested. OK.

      Savage is very hard to defend, but would he even be noticed in the UK? Was he planning to go over there and start riots or train terrorists?

      This situation reminds me of the Geert Wilders debacle.

    12. kishke Says:
      May 5th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

      Oh, I believe it’s against the law. What I don’t believe is that arrests of these people are commonplace. I believe they are tolerated, so as not to rile up the “Asian” (i.e. Muslim) mob.

    13. Patrick Says:
      May 6th, 2009 at 2:46 am

      Hunter, watch this video and then explain how Cat Stevens did not support the fatwa. lucky for you you did not take Kyle up on his offer to bet.