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Michael Savage, Fred and Shirley Phelps Banned from UK Over Hate

The UK Home Office has published a list of individuals banned from entering the UK since October:

Savage "Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, said she decided to make public the names of 16 people banned since October for fostering extremism so others could better understand the behaviour Britain was not prepared to tolerate. Smith told GMTV: '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.'"

Among them are Westboro Baptist Church's Fred Phelps and Shirley Phelps-Roper: "Pastor and leading spokesperson of Westboro baptist church. Considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the United Kingdom."

Also banned is radio host Michael Savage: "Controversial daily radio host. Considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence."

Full list here.

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  1. @ Paul C
    Just find it tragic when people resort to the 'bad teeth' jibe at the UK, it's kind of like the 'all Americans are fat' bullshit that other countries pull. You're also's not my country. I just think we can have a discussion without resorting to the crappy stereotypes within 5 seconds flat.

    Posted by: Gregus | May 6, 2009 12:16:27 AM

  2. I was being ironic with the teeth thing. That's meta humor, Gregus.

    Posted by: paul c | May 6, 2009 12:31:25 PM

  3. Oh, and all Americans really are fat. That's not a joke.

    Posted by: paul c | May 6, 2009 12:32:06 PM

  4. Thanks for clarifying your humor Paul C.

    Posted by: Gregus | May 6, 2009 12:44:50 PM

  5. I wish we could ban Michael Savage from the US.

    Wasn't Buju Banton, the gay-hating Jamaican "singer" banned from the UK once, too?

    Posted by: hephaestion | Oct 26, 2009 8:50:16 PM

  6. i swear i read Fred Savage was being banned from the UK....

    Posted by: aly | May 27, 2011 7:36:43 PM

  7. The Phelps Klan are banned from entering with their hate-signs, too. Why? Canada has very specific, explicit and discernible laws about hate-speech.
    And before someone who doesnt' live there screams "That's not freedom of speech!" understand this: it's been in place for twenty years. And it works.

    How? Simple. it's a discerning process, weighing what is said, why it's being said, the value of the ramifications toward those who are targeted by that speech.

    To make it simple: Canada's government understands that the specific harm promoted by the Phelps family is of more concern that their "right" to spread it. Stifling their freedom of speech? No, understanding that their right to speak specifically comes at the expense of the safety and well-being of others.

    Thank you, Canada.

    We don't allow tobacco companies and alcohol companies to advertise to minors. We shouldn't allow hatred to be marketed, either.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 27, 2011 8:24:18 PM

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