U.S. pastor who threatened to burn Koran plans British visit

December 12, 2010

terry jonesAn American Christian preacher who rose from obscurity to cause global uproar this year by threatening to burn the Koran says he plans to visit Britain to speak at an event hosted by a far-right anti-Islamist group.

Anti-extremist groups have urged the British government to ban entry to Florida Pastor Terry Jones, whose threat to burn Islam’s holy book on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks provoked widespread condemnation.

Britain’s Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said on Sunday she would be looking into the case.

On his website, Jones said he been invited to a rally held by a group called the English Defense League (EDL) in the town of Luton, north of London, in February.

“During the protest, Dr Terry Jones will speak against the evils and destructiveness of Islam in support of the continued fight against the Islamification (sic) of England and Europe,” the website said.

The EDL has staged protests in towns and cities across Britain against Islamic extremism since its formation last year and many of its demonstrations have led to violent confrontations with opponents and police. Just under three percent of Britain’s population of around 62 million describe their religion as Muslim.

Read the full story here. See also our previous postings on Jones and his Koran-burning plan:

GUESTVIEW: The Qur’an cannot be burned!

Religious tension marks Sept. 11 anniversary

Torching U.S. power

Obama ready for battle with Republicans but wants no war with Islam

Criticism mounts of “anti-Muslim frenzy” in U.S., Koran burning plan under fire

State Dept: church Koran burning plan”un-American”


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Dangerous though this man’s opinions undoubtedly are, unless there are indications of him doing anything other than expressing those views whilst in the UK, we cannot refuse him entry. If organisations such as the EDL are allowed continued existance within the country then we cannot complain when others express comparable opinions, it’s hypocritical. With the EDL’s previous history I would think the rally would be heavily policed anyway, negating the need for any scaremongering fanfare over Dr. Jones visit.

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