Britain bans US pastor Jones for 'the public good'

20th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Wednesday barred firebrand US pastor Terry Jones from the country, saying his presence would not be "conducive to the public good".

"The government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded pastor Terry Jones from the UK," said a spokesman from the Home Office, or interior ministry.

Jones, who triggered an international furore with plans to burn the Koran, was originally invited to speak in Britain at a rally organised by far-right group the English Defence League (EDL)

The EDL later withdrew its offer but the radical evangelist said he still planned to visit Britain and was thinking of organising an event in London.

The Home Office spokesman said many comments made by Jones provided "evidence of his unacceptable behaviour".

"Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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