The United Kingdom has a very explicit policy of not allowing hate preachers and inciters of violence to enter their nation. It is in this vein that the UK has announced another massive blow to the merchants of Islamophobic hate and fear; Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer and his close companion Pamela Geller have been banned from entering the UK to speak at a rally for the extremist English Defence League.
Guardian political columnist Sunny Hundal has the initial details,
Both Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have been banned from entering the UK by the Home Office, after a campaign by the anti-racist group Hope Not Hate.
Both bloggers posted letters to their websites today, from the Home Office, stating that they had been banned from entering… The duo were invited to speak at a rally by the English Defence League… Pamela Geller has been exposed as repeatedly publishing false stories about Muslims in order to stir up hatred.
The BBC and Huffington Post have also covered the story. Hope Not Hate presented a dossier to the Home Office on the anti-Muslim Crusader ideology that spurs both Spencer and Geller as well as a petition signed by 10,000 concerned UK citizens that decisively persuaded the Home Office to condemn and ban the pair. The letter to Geller is below:
The work of Loonwatch and Spencerwatch were also used by the Home Secretary as major sources that informed them of the vile, Islamophobic nature of the two hate group leaders, aiding in today’s outcome. We find similar reasons for the ban in the letter sent to Rev. Spencer:
Of course the predictable reaction from Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller has been to madly rant and rave at Hope Not Hate and its founder Nick Lowles about “darkness” and “untold misery” and “subjugation and enslavement.” They just cannot countenance that their brand of hate is continuously being defeated and relegated to the dustbin of hate history–where it belongs.