EDL or Sharia? Really? Via Nebraska Energy Observer

English: Moshe Yaalon, Former IDF chief of sta...

English: Moshe Yaalon, Former IDF chief of staff, and blogger pamela geller. עברית: משה (בוגי) יעלון ופמלה גלר (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, we seem to have ourselves a bit of controversy. You see the EDL is doing a tribute to the soldier beheaded in Woolwich for Armed Forces day. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were going to join them. In a remarkably obtuse move (even for a British governmentHome Secretary Teresa May has made Britain look at best foolish, and in truth far worse than that. You see they decided to forbid entry to Geller and Spencer because, I don’t know, they aren’t respectful enough to our Islamist masters or something.

In what is remarkably obtuse itself Melanie Phillips, takes the Home secretary to task, here

By banning from the country as extremists the American anti-jihadis Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, the Home Secretary Teresa May has not only made herself look ridiculous but has sent the enemies of the United Kingdom the message that they have it on the run.

I do not support the approach taken by either Geller or Spencer to the problem of Islamic extremism. Both have endorsed groups such as the EDL and others which at best do not deal with the thuggish elements in their ranks and at worst are truly racist or xenophobic.

The result has been a serious blow to the credibility of these two writers, with particular damage being done to Spencer whose scholarship in itself is scrupulous. It has also split the defence against Islamic extremism, and handed a potent propaganda weapon to those who seek falsely to portray as bigoted extremists all who are engaged in the defence of the west against the Islamic jihad.

Nevertheless, the decision to ban this duo from Britain is unjustified, oppressive and comes perilously close to lining up the British government alongside those who wish to silence defenders of the west against the jihad, making a total mockery of Britain’s understanding of just who presents a danger to the state. Read more…

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