A couple of days ago I wrote a post for the Guardian’s Comment is Free website saying that I had heard that the Home Office was actively considering banning Dr Zakir Naik – who was due to arrive in the UK tomorrow to begin a lecture tour that was scheduled to see him appear at Sheffield Arena, London’s Wembley Arena and Birmingham’s LG Arena in the NEC. Well, I have just heard that the Home Office have indeed issued an exclusion order against Zakir Naik.
This is just the latest in a series of exclusion orders that the UK government has issued preventing popular Islamic speakers from visiting the UK on specious grounds to do with the terror threat. Too bad about all the nonsense regarding free speech we keep getting lectured about. When it comes right down to it, what so often matters unfortunately is power and influence, not high sounding principles. That is a shame.