Thursday, February 12, 2009

UK completes it's "Jump the Shark" routine

Ordinarily, I'd say how unbelievable this is but it is the UK where free speech is now officially illegal, so I won't. Farewell formerly great country. All you who still believe in free speech better get out ASAP.

Banned From Britain, Dutch Lawmaker Denied Entry at Heathrow

An anti-Islam Dutch politician banned from entering Great Britain says he has been detained upon arrival at Heathrow Airport and will be returned home.

Upon Geert Wilders' arrival at Heathrow Airport, he was presented with a letter from Britain's Home Office saying that his opinions "threatenen community security." The right-wing lawmaker had been invited by a member of Parliament to show his anti-Islam movie "Fitna," which calls the Koran a "fascist" book and accuses Islam of being a violent religion.

The news comes one day after he dared the "weak and cowardly" British government to arrest him when he gets there.

He criticized the travel ban as an attempt to stifle freedom of speech and traveled to Britain on a point of principle.

"I'll see what happens at the border," Wilders told Radio Netherlands on Wednesday. "Let them put me in handcuffs."

Wilders was told by the British Embassy in a letter Tuesday that he could not set foot in the country.

Britain's Home Office would not comment specifically on the ban, but it said it "opposes extremism in all its forms" and would work to "stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country."

The U.K.'s Lord Malcolm Pearson, who invited Wilders to Britain, told the Daily Mail newspaper that the screening of the film would go ahead today "with or without Mr. Wilders."

Wilders remains held at the airport. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxine Verhagen told the Mail that the Netherlands government would press to lift the travel ban.

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