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U.S. Extremists Banned From Entering the U.K.

By David Holthouse on May 5, 2009 - 8:24 am, Posted in Hate Groups, Media Extremism, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

The BBC reported today that five American right-wing extremists were among 16 individuals banned from entering the United Kingdom since last October for reasons of “fostering extremism or hatred.”

According to a new report from the Home Office (the lead U.K. government department for immigration and passports), the five Americans and the reasons they were not allowed into the U.K. were:

• Stephen Donald Black, a.k.a. Don Black, former Alabama Klan leader and creator of the white nationalist online forum Stormfront, banned for “promoting serious criminal activity and fostering hatred that might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.”

• Erich Gliebe, chairman of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, for “engaging in unacceptable behaviour by justifying terrorist violence, provoking others to commit serious crime and fostering racial hatred.”

• Fred Phelps, Sr., and Shirley Phelps Roper, leaders of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, for “picket[ing] the funerals of Aids victims and [claiming] the deaths of American soldiers are a punishment for US tolerance of homosexuality.”

• Michael Alan Weiner, a.k.a. Michael Savage, right-wing talk radio host, for “seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred.” The Home Office also noted that Savage’s “views on immigration, Islam, rape and autism have caused great offence in the US.”

Other individuals banned from entering the U.K. in the past six months include Muslim extremists, a Jewish militant and two Russian skinhead gang leaders.

  • MrsCaptJack

    Weiner was added to this list because he tried to enter the UK. The only people on this list are people that actually tried to enter the UK and were denied access. If you read the original storie, you should have gotten that.

  • tom

    Not sure why Weiner was singled out. I don’t see him as being much more hateful than Limbaugh or some other right-wing radio talk show hosts. There is hate in his rhetoric for sure but seems a little hypocritical to include him and leave others out. Maybe his gritty shock value approach was more effective then he intended.

  • BlueBerry Pick’n

    I’m always amazed when Americans try to *judge* how another nation should conduct its society or laws.

    Typical American hubris to assume that how Americans would do *anything* should mandate how the World’s peoples must conduct their behaviours.

    “American Exceptionalism” indeed.

    Some might crow that ‘ha! they had it coming!’
    Myself, I’m always saddened when the crazy assholes are silenced – mainly because it lets them fester in private, rather than in public where we can mock & demonstrate how ugly they think…

    but then, British society is *much* older, much more communal & has a mutually supportive, deeper culture emphasizing a socially respectful heritage. American culture is about media self-promotion, advertising & ‘in your face’ disrespect.

    That the British would be tired of the drumbeat of American media pushing these values into their society?

  • AP

    I wasn’t referencing Michael Savage, nor did I call you a “conservative retard”. So please don’t challenge me with the logical fallacy of something I didn’t say or something someone else said.

    However, in addressing the person you mention, I can understand, upon reading about Savage (because I have never listened to him on the radio, nor am I interested), why the U.K. would bar his entrance. They are a different country, under different circumstances than the U.S. Would you suggest the same laws regarding speech for, say, Germany? Don’t you think they had the right (and a great measure of wisdom) in imposing the laws they did? Our Constitution was chosen by our people and our country, to suit our nation and our times. It’s interpreted and reinterpreted by courts over hundreds of years, now. With still much dispute about its meaning, let alone, bringing other countries into it now.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Well Larry I’ll have you know that I have a Ph.d in Retardology so I am fairly skilled in recognizing one when I see it. Half of your posts is boasting about degrees, the rest is simply logical fallacy. Apparently all that time you spent studying did not include basic critical thinking.