Thursday, June 27, 2013

No freedom of speech in the UK

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are racist American bloggers who campaign against Muslims. And for that, they have been banned from entering the UK:

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who set up Stop Islamization of America, and run the website Jihad Watch, have been forbidden from entering the country on the grounds their presence would "not be conducive to the public good".

The far-right English Defence League was planning a march on Saturday ending in Woolwich, south-east London, where soldier Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered last month. Geller and Spencer were both set to attend.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are subject to an exclusion decision … We condemn all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form."

Ironicly, one of those "shared values" is freedom of speech. And you don't protect it by silencing people. Geller and Spencer are undoubtedly vile. But the answer to speech you don't like is more speech, not less.