Wednesday, May 6, 2009

With standards like this, they'd have to block out half the Internet

Britain's Home Secretary has released sixteen of twenty-two names on their "blacklist," people who are banned from entering Britain because they are "hate promoters" (this is where "monger" just sounds so much punchier). 

Amidst religious zealots from Islam and Judaism are the pastor of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church (famous for the "God hates fags" placards) and his daughter, as well as conservative talk show host Michael Savage, whose real name is Michael Alan Weiner. The reason for barring this "controversial daily radio host":
Considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.
I've only heard Michael Savage's show a few times, the most recent time while driving through Victorville. He was talking about how migrant farm workers shouldn't complain about their work conditions because their occupation gives them healthy exercise and fresh air. Yes, he was serious.

At any rate, I didn't listen long enough to hear anything that spread hate, only ignorance. But the man has so much of it, it makes sense he'd try to spread it around. Zing! (Yeah, that's so 2007, but I don't care.)

[left: "This Weiner Nation" just wouldn't have had the impact.]


  1. i feel as though the time is coming soon where everyone is going to wake up from this weird nightmare and realize that all this hatred, whether it be against gays or immigrants or whoever, is actually completely unacceptable and seriously fucked up.

    i'm probably just imagining, though.

  2. I think some people will realize this, but only after they've caused (or at least allowed) an awful lot of damage.

    One relative I have on the Mainland has an intense hatred of Blacks and Hispanics that, much to my dismay, his young kids eagerly regurgitate, almost like they're doing so to win his approval.

    At any rate, I'd like to know more about what "Savage" has said that warrants the Brits to say he is "provoking others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence."

    Not to say he hasn't, but barring someone from a country is an extreme form of coercion that should not be used merely in a situation where someone you don't like is vocal about something you may agree with.


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