- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 27, 2013

Two American citizens were told they were not permitted to enter the U.K. after being scheduled to speak this week at a rally for the English Defence League.

Conservative bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were denied entry into the country by the Home Secretary’s office. Among the reasons given, their presence is “not conducive to the public good,” the Blaze reported.

According to letters sent to the bloggers, the British government’s “Unacceptable Behaviour” policy states that the government can expel/deport or deny entry to any non-UK national who violates the policy by engaging in one of the “behaviours” on the list, including “running a website” that “foster[s] hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK,” The Blaze said.

Mr. Spencer, who runs JihadWatch.org, and Ms. Geller, founder of AtlasShrugs.com, both posted identical replies to the ban on their websites.

“In a striking blow against freedom, the British government has banned us from entering the country,” the reply read. “Muhammad al-Arifi, who has advocated Jew-hatred, wife-beating, and jihad violence, entered the U.K. recently with no difficulty. In not allowing us into the country solely because of our true and accurate statements about Islam, the British government is behaving like a de facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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