As a longtime critic of Savage, it takes a considerable act to get me to feel any sympathy or concern for the man. However, England appears to be struggling to make the movie V look like a documentary with ever-increasing police powers, restrictions on the media, and denial of free speech. Previously, England banned a Dutch politician because of his criticism of Islam, here and has arrested people for insulting religion. England is part of an international trend in England to punish people who criticize religions.
What is interesting is that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that the government was publishing the names of banned individuals as a warning to others. That is an astonishing aim: use bans to encourage others to modify their views: “Coming to this country is a privilege. If you can’t live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country and, what’s more, now we will make public those people that we have excluded. We are publishing the names of 16 of those that we have excluded since October. We are telling people who they are and why it is we don’t want them in this country.”
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