Leftists and Islamic supremacists occasionally invoke the fact that I am banned from entering the UK as if it were some sort of blot on my record. Here is why it isn’t: the UK Home Office letter to me said that I was banned for saying this: “[Islam] is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers for the purpose for establishing a societal model 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.” This is a garbled version of what I actually said, which is that Islam in its traditional formulations and core texts mandates warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers. This is not actually a controversial point to anyone who has studied Islam. It was tantamount to banning me for saying that the sky is blue and the grass is green.
Meanwhile, this man, who directly called for the murder of a foe of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, was admitted with no problem. Does any fair-minded person think that in banning me and admitting Qureshi, Theresa May and the UK Home Office are exercising sober and trustworthy prudential judgment?
UK Death Watch Update: “Son of murdered Pakistani liberal outraged as cleric who inspired assassin is allowed to speak in UK,” by Tom Porter, International Business Times, May 5, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
The son of a liberal Pakistani politician murdered for his moderate views has criticised Home Secretary Theresa May for allowing a radical Islamist cleric, who inspired the assasin [sic], to enter the UK to preach.
Mufti Muhammad Hanif Qureshi spoke at a Luton mosque on Thursday May 4 as part of an event at the Jamia Islamia Ghousia Trust. A spokesman for the mosque confirmed Mufti Qureshi had made a “very, very impressive” speech to an audience of hundreds.
In 2011 politician Salmaan Taseer, who opposed Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws, was shot dead by his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri. After his arrest, Qadri claimed he had been inspired to act by a 2010 sermon delivered by Mufti Qureshi in Rawalpindi, in which the cleric branded the likes of Taseer as liable to be killed under Islamic law.
Qureshi was arrested after Taseer’s murder, but was not charged and subsequently released on bail. Qadri was sentenced to death for the murder, but in public sermons Qureshi continued to defend the assassin before he was hung in January 2016.
The home secretary can stop people entering the UK if she believes there is a threat to national security, public order or the safety of citizens.
Taseer’s son, Shehryar, criticised UK authorities for allowing Qureshi to visit.
“He has in particular incited Mumtaz Qadri to murder my father. There is footage of that.
“What annoys me is how easy it is for him to manipulate the system, and I see him doing the same thing in going to the UK. He is not going there for a vacation, I am sure about that.”…