He didn’t actually burn a Qur’an. He said he was going to, and then called it off. I don’t approve of burning Qur’ans. I’d rather that the book be read and understood by all free people, so that they know what we’re dealing with. But Jones is dead-on when he says: “This ban exemplifies the sabotage of the basic human rights of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The ban also proves the effectiveness of the threat of militant Islam in the UK as one is not free to travel to the UK due to the speculation of violence.”
“Koran-protest US pastor Terry Jones banned from UK,” by Alex Spillius in the Telegraph, January 19 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The American pastor who sparked a global controversy when he threatened to burn the Koran has been banned from entering Britain by the Home Office.
Mr Jones had been originally invited by the English Defence League to attend a Feb 5 rally in Luton, Bedfordshire against the presence of Islam in Britain, but that invitation was withdraw [sic].
Another group, England Is Ours, said on its website that it had invited the pastor to speak at a “series of demonstrations against the expansion of Islam and the construction of Mosques here in the UK” in the second week of February.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The Government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded Pastor Terry Jones from the UK.”
In a statement, Mr Jones said: “This ban exemplifies the sabotage of the basic human rights of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The ban also proves the effectiveness of the threat of militant Islam in the UK as one is not free to travel to the UK due to the speculation of violence.”
A member of his staff at the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainesville, Florida, US, said a letter from the Home Office had been received by courier on Wednesday informing Mr Jones of the ban. She said the letter mentioned the risk of “disruption”.
In other words, the Muslims will riot and kill innocent people if you enter Britain, and we aren’t willing to stand up to them.