FREE SPEECH: Opposing ‘Islamisation’ Evidence Of ‘Extremist Views’ Says UK Border Force
Hungarian Identitarian leader Abel Bodi, who was denied entry to the UK last Friday as he flew in to attend the Generation Identity conference, was told that his opposition to the Islamisation of Britain is evidence of his ‘extremist views’. Breitbart obtained copies of the UK Border Force interview with Bodi in which he states:
I am not against Islam. I am against Islamisation. Any kind of aggressive spreading of beliefs is not ok. We want to invite an Imam to discuss this with us in Budapest.
Mr Bodi is told in his letter that he was rejected on the grounds that “sufficient evidence” existed that showed he shares “values not consummate with the values of United Kingdom society.”
A similar line was pursued by the government in it’s response to a Parliamentary petition calling for Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone and Lauren Southern to enter the UK. Mr Sellner was, as you will remember, also detained while attempting to travel to the UK at the weekend. In it’s reply the government said that free speech is a “qualified right” and that its restriction is sometimes necessary in a “democratic society”:
Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, democracy, the rule of law, and equal rights define us as a society. The Government is committed to upholding free speech, and legislation is already in place to protect these fundamental rights. However, this freedom cannot be an excuse to cause harm or spread hatred. UK legislation values free speech and enables people who wish to engage in debate to do so – regardless of whether others agree with the views which are being expressed. Everyone has a right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This is a qualified right, however, which means that it can be restricted for certain purposes to the extent necessary in a democratic society.
The Home Office is unable to comment on individual cases. On the whole the Government takes a robust stance against individuals whose presence in this country might not be conducive to the public good. Any individual whose presence in the UK is deemed not conducive to the public good will be refused entry, on a case-by-case basis.
Meanwhile, the authoritarian creep of the government, which launched military action against Syria in defiance of the Parliamentary convention that Parliament is consulted before any such action, continues to turn into a sprint as it turns its guns on Russia Today which is now facing 7 separate investigations by the allegedly ‘independent’ media regulator, Ofcom. UKIP should send a clear signal that it will resist this multispectrum attack on our freedoms and liberties by appointing a spokesperson specifically dedicated to tackling this issue.