Britain bans Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer for speaking against Islamic terror

Some say Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch is an extremist. An “Islamophobe”, even. No more so than many atheists, as far as I can tell.

But the UK’s Home Office has decided that Spencer should not be permitted to enter the UK, because he “will continue to espouse” views such as that which they quoted in their letter to him:

“. . . it [Islam] is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers for the purpose for [sic] establishing a societal model that is absolutely incompatible with Western society because media and general government unwillingness to face the sources of Islamic terrorism these things remain largely unknown.”

While that’s not really a sentence–I’m guessing it came from a speech rather than a written document–Spencer’s point is clear. And Sam Harris would agree. Islam demands its adherents dominate other cultures, through warfare if needed. This is not compatible with Western values. The media and government are unwilling to acknowledge this.

“In a striking blow against freedom, the British government has banned us from entering the country,” writes Spencer. “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.”

Read the Home Office’s entire letter here: