Controversial Right-Wing Blogger, Pamela Geller, Banned From Entering England
Known for her radically anti-Islam views, Geller was to speak at an anti-Muslim rally in London
Pamela Geller, a controversial blogger known for her radical, far-right, anti-Islam rhetoric, has been barred from entering the United Kingdom by Theresa May, current Home Secretary of the British parliament.
Geller is famous for her activism and harsh criticism of Islam.
May, and the Home Office, informed Geller that she is 'excluded from the UK' in a long letter that Geller later posted to her blog, Atlas Shrugs (named after the book by Ayn Rand).
"I have been banned in Britain," writes Geller. "My crime? My principled dedication to freedom. I am a human rights activist dedicated to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and individual rights for all before the law. I fiercely oppose violence and the persecution and oppression of minorities under supremacist law. I deplore violence and work for the preservation of freedom of speech to avoid violent conflict."
She goes on. "I have never been convicted of any crime. I have never been arrested. I became a writer and activist in the wake of 911. For this I am banned. I shed no tears. I am banned from Mecca, too."
The Home Secretary wrote that Geller's presence in the UK would not be "conducive to the public good," and that her controversial history as a blogger would "foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK."
"In a striking blow against freedom, the British government has banned us from entering the country. 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," Geller writes in response to being banned.
Geller, along with her co-founder in Stop Islamisation of America (SIOA), Robert Spencer, were both banned from Britain after it was confirmed they would attend and speak at a public rally in Woolwich organized by the English Defense League, a far-right movement with sides with Geller on her concern of the 'Islamisation of Europe.'
"Today is a sad day for freedom of speech," said English Defense Leauge leader Tommy Robinson.
"We condemn all those whose behaviors and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form," the Home Office said in a statement.
The rally was set to take place in Woolwich due to the recent events that have transpired there.
On May 22, a British soldier, Lee Rigby, was murdered by two assailants. One of whom, Michael Adebolajo, had claimed Rigby's death was brought on because Muslims are dying at the hands of 'British soldiers.' Since the attack, several mosques and Islamic community centers have been vandalized.
The British Home Office has the right to deny entrance to any non-UK citizens who engage in 'unacceptable behaviours.'
Judging from Geller's work with Jihad Watch, Atlas Shrugs, SIOA and other anti-Islam establishments, it seemed the Office had probable cause to deny Geller entry.
Geller has been criticized by many left-wing Jewish groups for her radical views.