'Unacceptable Behaviour' and the Home Office

Beware! Making certain statements can be "unacceptable behaviour". Visitors to the UK have been denied entry because of them.



"You have brought yourself within the scope of the list of unacceptable behaviours by making statements that may foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence ..."

wrote the Home Secretary to Robert Spencer, excluding him from the UK.

So "unacceptable behaviour" includes any utterance which may foster hatred that might lead to violence. Note that there do not have to be any actual acts of hatred or any violence: only the possibility that there might be. Everything could be stillness and peace, but "unacceptable behaviour" could still have been, as it were, committed. It is an extremely wide-reaching concept.

As it happens, Robert Spencer, who has written a dozen best-seller books and hundreds of articles, has NEVER advocated hatred or violence. He writes and speaks in defence of freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and equality of all people before the law, all three of which, denied by Islam, are not available under Islamic jurisdictions. The category of "unacceptable behaviour" does not fit his actions. There will probably be an appeal. After all, the exclusion by Jacqueline Smith when Home Secretary of the Dutch politician Geert Wilders was later ruled unlawful by the court. Mr. Wilders wonders whether Theresa May has forgotten.

No doubt Keith Vaz and followers, who sought this exclusion, consider it firm and admirable of the Home Secretary to make such high demands of visitors to the UK. What would they make of the following statements?

"As a Muslim I must have hatred towards everything that is non-Islam",
"Our campaign will be ... destroying the foundations of Western civilisation",
"There is a place for violence in Islam",
"Nothing else is mentioned more than the topic of fighting in the Koran",
"If you steal, you know you will face having your hands and feet cut off".

These sound very much as if they "may foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence". Are they not "unacceptable behaviour"? As it happens, these statements are all by Anjem Choudary. He, though, is not a visitor, but a resident. Are the same standards to be applied to residents? The Mail has pointed out that Choudary "has been secretly taped urging his followers to raise money for Islamic fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying this would help them kill the 'butchers and cowards' from the U.S. and Britain."

Think for a moment about the Woolwich Jihad self-confessed killer, Michael Adebolajo. He, a Nigerian, was brought up Christian, knowing nothing about Islam. It was in his teen years that he turned to Islam. Who was it who taught him? He appeared in the company of Anjem Choudary [top picture], holding a banner, and speaking out loudly in support of Islam. Anjem Choudary is an imam, teaching Islam, and teaching "hatred towards everything that is non-Islam". He teaches the Koran. He teaches Sura At-Tawba (chapter 9) which says, "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them" (verse 5), and is the chapter specifically cited by Adebolajo, who said, after killing the infidel soldier, "We are forced by the Koran in Sura At-Tawba ...".

The Koran is not arranged in chronological order, and that chapter, Sura At-Tawba, is in time terms the latest complete one. Under Islam's doctrine of 'abrogation' it overrides and 'abrogates', that is, cancels out, all the peaceful verses elsewhere in the Koran because they are earlier. The Koran commands the killing of non-Muslims. This is what an imam teaches.

Do Mr Choudary's statements fit the category of "unacceptable behaviour"? When he teaches Sura At-Tawba is he not "making statements that may foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence ..."? As is all too well known, there was indeed a hideous act of inter-community violence committed by one of his listeners citing Sura At-Tawba – the Islamic Jihad killing of a British soldier, an "enemy of Allah", in accordance with the Koran. Where is the action by the State?

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