In a not unexpected — but nevertheless shocking — move, Britain’s Home Office has denied entry into the UK to Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller. The two anti-sharia advocates had planned to join Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll this weekend in laying flowers at the site of Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich, in honor of Armed Forces Day.
Unlike Geert Wilders at the time he was denied entry to Britain, Mr. Spencer and Ms. Geller are not on trial for “inciting hatred”. They have never been convicted of any crimes. They have never incited violence in any way. Their only “offense” has been to speak out repeatedly against Islamization and the dangers of Shariah.
In contrast, Islamic hate preachers — who not only incite violence, but occasionally commit it themselves — are always welcome in Britain. Anjem Choudary is just the clown-faced poster boy for this phenomenon; dozens more who are nastier and more seditious than he is enjoy the hospitality of the British state.
This seeming disparity makes no sense until you understand that the British government is simply applying Shariah law on “slander”, which under Islam means “to mention of your brother that which he would dislike.” Coupled with “talebearing”, it forms the heart of the legal justification for suppressing all criticism of Islam:
“In fact, talebearing is not limited to that, but rather consists of revealing anything whose disclosure is resented… The reality of talebearing lies in divulging a secret, in revealing something confidential whose disclosure is resented. A person should not speak of anything he notices about people besides that which benefits a Muslim…” [Reliance of the Traveller, Chapter R, “Holding One’s Tongue”]
Exposing the doctrines and practices of Islam where infidels can see them is something that Muslims “dislike” and “resent”. It does not “benefit Muslims”. Hence, whether it is true or not, it slanders Islam, and is thus forbidden.
On the other hand, calling for infidels to be beheaded, raped, or enslaved does not in any way offend Muslims, and is therefore a perfectly acceptable form of expression.
It’s now official: Britain is a Shariah state.
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Here’s what Robert Spencer had to say about the British government’s decision:
Britain capitulates to jihad
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.
See Jihad Watch for a scanned copy of the letter from the Home Office denying him entry.
See also Pamela Geller’s take on what happened.
Hat tip: Fjordman.