Background on Al-Awlaki: He was actually born in New Mexico, but is now based in Yemen, following his own preaching that Muslims should leave the sinful U.S. and its wicked democratic process. But he is not any sort of isolationist, having also declared: "We will implement the rule of Allah on earth by the tip of the sword whether the masses like it or not."
"Islamist preacher banned from addressing fundraiser," by Jamie Doward for the Observer, August 24 (thanks to Virgil):
An Islamist preacher has been banned from addressing a major British fundraising event amid claims he backs attacks on UK troops and supports terrorist organisations linked to Al Qaeda.
The revelation that Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemen-based preacher accused of advocating violent jihad, was due to speak via video link at Kensington town hall later this month, has raised fears public buildings are being used for extremism. A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea council said: "Some of the views expressed by Mr al-Awlaki in the past are not appropriate for broadcast in [council] premises."
The council banned al-Awlaki from speaking only after politicians and anti-extremist groups raised concerns about his appearance at the Cage Prisoners event, which will raise money for Muslims held in Guantánamo Bay.
Could a fundraiser for persecuted Christians go forward on analogous premises in an Islamic country?